Ipswich in Autumn 2023
Your guide for entertainment, events and activities
Your guide for entertainment, events and activities Ipswich in Autumn 2023
4 MARCH – 14 MAY D'ARCY DOYLE PLACE, NICHOLAS STREET, IPSWICH FREE ENTRY OPEN DAILY 10AM-5PM
Message from Ipswich Mayor, Teresa Harding
As we come into Autumn, I hope the weather will be a little kinder to us than last year so we can continue to focus on working towards repairing and enhancing our wonderful places and facilities across the city. With the cooler weather comes the time for longer walks to soak in the wonders of our natural areas, parks and gardens. There will be plenty of events and activities over the April holidays to prepare you for the adrenalin- charged Planes, Trains and Autos Festival in the first weekend of May. Ground displays, aerial flypasts and history exhibits will all be on show at the Workshops Rail Museum. Trees for Mum day is a great day to celebrate mother nature or the special mums in our lives. Plant a tree onsite, or in your own backyard, to create a living memory and be a part of making Ipswich a sustainable city.
The Ipswich Arts Awards return in 2023, celebrating the city’s new and established local artists. Everyone is welcome to come and see the exhibition at 1 Nicholas Street in late May and June showcasing the works from these extremely creative and passionate artists. While visiting the exhibition, make a day of it and enjoy a coffee, some food or a little pampering in the Nicholas Street Precinct. With new tenants and Tulmur Walk open, it’s even easier to enjoy the revitalisation of Ipswich Central. Autumn is also a special time to remember those who served to protect our country. ANZAC Day services will be held at cenotaphs and in local communities and I welcome all to attend and acknowledge our heroes near and far. I hope you enjoy all that there is to do and see in Ipswich this season. I know I am looking forward to the changing sunsets over the city and seeing you at an event or show soon. As activities, programs and events may cancel or move subsequent to publication of this brochure, no responsibility is accepted for accuracy of content. This publication is copyright. Other than for the purposes of and subject to the conditions prescribed under the Copyright Act 1968 (C’wlth), no part of it may in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, micro copying, photocopying, recording or otherwise) be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted without prior written permissions. If you wish to disseminate or share this information and or images please contact Ipswich City Council for permission.
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Ipswich’s natural environment will have a strong foundation for dealing with ongoing pressures such as population growth and climate change. A recently adopted Natural Environment Strategy sets the direction for council-led management and protection. As one of the fastest-growing populations in Australia our city faces challenges such as balancing the needs of our environment with the pace of urbanisation. Ipswich is also impacted by wider and long-term issues such as climate change, which is expected to bring increased temperatures, longer droughts, more frequent floods and a harsher fire-weather climate. NURTURING OUR ENVIRONMENT
The new strategy identifies the priority areas where council can take action to protect or restore Ipswich landscapes so they are more resilient to these pressures. The core themes of the strategy are waterways and wetlands, biodiversity and threatened species, Aboriginal cultural heritage and cultural landscape values, urban biodiversity, rural biodiversity and sustainable nature-based recreation. The strategy was developed through extensive consultation, and research into best practice, to align with the specific needs of Ipswich’s natural environment.
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GET HANDS-ON IN THE ENVIRONMENT IPSWICH HAS GREAT OPPORTUNITIES TO BE CLEAN AND GREEN THIS AUTUMN
GREENING YOUR SUBURB Help bring the environmental and community benefits of urban trees to local neighbourhoods! We will have a series of free street tree planting days, with Bundamba on 18 March and Springfield on 14 April.
TREES FOR MUM Celebrate Mother’s Day by planting a tree with, or to honour, that special person in your life. Join us as we improve habitat along Sandy Creek at Jim Seymour Park, Camira on Sunday 14 May.
EXPERIENCE NATURE Go wild with 40 ways to experience nature in 40 days! During May and early June there are so many ways to be involved, from guided bushwalks to free events for schools and families.
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THE BEST COOL WEATHER EXPERIENCES It’s not too hot, it’s not too cold, Autumn is just right in the City of Ipswich to get outside and explore…
EXPLORE THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Ever hiked to the top of Flinders Peak? Now’s the perfect time to get outdoors and explore nature. We have a variety of hikes and walks available in Ipswich. From easy boardwalks to advanced hikes with rock scrambles. Explore them all here Discoveripswich.com.au/greatwalks
TAKE A DRIVE TO THE COUNTRY
Pull on your boots and get exploring hobby farms, producers and country towns. There are some amazing farmers who happily open their gates and welcome visitors to come and experience the country life firsthand. Plan your country drive at Discoveripswich.com.au/farms
WALK THROUGH THREE GREAT HOUSES
Great Houses of Ipswich returns in May this year. See three of the city’s landmark heritage houses, Claremont, Karragaroo and Ballachulish when they open their doors on 13 May. There are also Great Houses of Ipswich bus tours running which include morning or afternoon tea. Places are limited so book now at Discoveripswich.com.au/great-houses
TREAT MUM FOR MOTHER’S DAY
If you want to treat your mum this Mother’s Day (Sunday 14 May) we’ve got a few ideas. Whether you’d prefer to share an indulgent meal, take her boutique shopping, spend the day in total relaxation, or book in a bucket list adventure, let us show you some great options on offer in Ipswich. Check out our ultimate Mother’s Day gift guide here Discoveripswich.com.au/mumsday
EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN
If you’re staying at home or visiting friends and family in Ipswich this Easter, there’s plenty to see and do. Australia in Space is still showing at The Workshops Rail Museum with some amazing interactive exhibits. You can also book your kids in for an art class, visit Queensland’s largest herd of Llamas or do free activities at the Ipswich Art Gallery. Find a list of places to visit at Discoveripswich.com.au/schoolsout
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A new family immunisation clinic is now operating at South Ripley. Immunisations are offered free of charge to school students and any eligible person at any of council’s community clinics. Vaccinations given at these clinics are per the National Immunisation Program Queensland. They are an important tool in your health and the community’s health. Residents do not need to make an appointment to attend a clinic but are asked to bring their Medicare card and the child’s immunisation record book. NEW FAMILY IMMUNISATION CLINIC NOW OPEN
The South Ripley Providence Community Hub clinics will be held every first Wednesday of the month. This clinic will also offer catchups for eligible students in the School Immunisation Program. Other clinic locations are at Ipswich Children’s Library and Springfield Central Library. For a full list of dates and times, visit Ipswich.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3810 6666.
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EXPLORE LOCAL AND FAMILY HISTORY
Ipswich Central Library Training Room
Every Wednesday 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm
Delve into the Past
Interact with Ipswich’s past on the Picture Ipswich website and share your Ipswich story. Explore your family history with free access to Ancestry, Find My Past and My Heritage. Learn how to get the most from your Trove searches.
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Image shows One Mile Hotel undergoing renovations in 1900s, provided courtesy of Picture Ipswich
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DISCOVER YOUR CITY! From delicious food to family fun and outdoor adventures to bucket list experiences, you’ll find it inside our new 2023 guide. Order or download your FREE copy today from Discoveripswich.com.au/magazine
LOOKING TO REPLACE YOUR KIDS’ SCREEN-TIME WITH GREEN-TIME? Book them in for a fun activity to help improve their health, fitness and wellbeing during the school holidays. There’s a range of FREE activities to choose from at a park near you!
HELPING BUSINESSES GROW
and setting the agenda on how council will seek to achieve these outcomes for businesses and residents. The strategy aims to deliver: ■ 11,500 new jobs by 2027 ■ $6.5 billion economic growth by 2027 ■ Ipswich positioned and promoted as a destination of choice to invest, live, learn, work and play
The City of Ipswich is in a position to attract significant jobs and investment as part of a new and innovative Economic Development Strategy. Council has collaborated with the business, property, government and education sectors to create the blueprint. The strategy outlines council’s plan for sustainable economic growth, showing how we can build the economy of the future and attract and retain diverse and high value jobs for current and future generations. The new Economic Development Strategy is a massive step forward for council and is all about proactively planning for economic opportunities
Ipswich City Council and local businesses well connected and engaged.
The plan will be reviewed annually with a report card developed to be updated on progress of actions and metrics of key economic development indicators.
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What’s On IPSWICH CIVIC CENTRE AND STUDIO 188
Saturday 4 March 7.30 pm Ipswich Civic Centre Tribute
Sunday 5 March 2.00 pm Ipswich Civic Centre Live Music Guitar
Thursday 9 March 7.30 pm Ipswich Civic Centre Live Performance
Friday 10 March 7.30 pm Ipswich Civic Centre Tribute
Saturday 11 March 7.30 pm Ipswich Civic Centre Tribute
Wednesday 15 – Saturday 25 March Various times Fire Station 101 Theatre
Saturday 25 March 8.00 pm Ipswich Civic Centre Comedy
Friday 17 March 8.00 pm Ipswich Civic Centre Live Jazz
(07) 3810 6100 Ipswichciviccentre.com.au/whats-on
Saturday 25 March 8.00 pm Ipswich Civic Centre Tribute
Saturday 1 April 10.00 am, 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm, 4.30 pm Ipswich Civic Centre Children’s Concert
Tuesday 4 - Wednesday 5 April Various times Ipswich Civic Centre Children’s Theatre
Sunday 16 April 2.00 pm Ipswich Civic Centre Live Performance
Friday 21 April 8.00 pm Ipswich Civic Centre Comedy
Friday 28 April 8.00 pm Studio 188 Trivia
Friday 5 May 8.00 pm Ipswich Civic Centre Live Indie Music
Monday 8 May 6.00 pm Ipswich Civic Centre Children’s Entertainment
(07) 3810 6100 Ipswichciviccentre.com.au/whats-on Studio188.com.au/whats-on
Sunday 14 May 2.00 pm
Saturday 20 May 8.00 pm Ipswich Civic Centre Comedy
Ipswich Civic Centre International Ballet
Book your function or event with us ■ Ipswich Civic Centre ■ North Ipswich Reserve Corporate Centre ■ Level 1, 1 Nicholas Street Ipswich ■ Ipswichciviccentre.com.au/functions
Sunday 21 May 7.00 pm Ipswich Civic Centre Latin Jazz Dinner and Show
$3.9 MILLION SKATE PARK READY FOR ACTION
connect the space to the nearby car park and playground elements as well as a skate bowl with plenty of contemporary features. Some of the most exciting upgrades for the now regional-level skateboarding facility include a quarter pipe, flat bank, volcano, waterfall, flat bar, circulation bar as well as footpaths and seating for spectators and families. Council worked with CONVIC, a specialist in skate park and youth area design on the project.
Skateboarders, BMX riders, scooter riders and children of all ages now have a dedicated precinct in Redbank Plains after Stage 1 construction finished on the Recreation Reserve Skate and Youth Area. The $3.9 million project in the Redbank Plains Recreation Reserve is part of council’s Skateboard and BMX Facilities Strategy. Following consultation with the community, the design of the skate and youth area incorporated a mix of landscaping and pathways to better
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Tuesday 25 April
Mark Anzac Day by attending a service or commemoration across the City of Ipswich or stand united in spirit on your driveway to ‘Light Up the Dawn’.
For more information visit Ipswich.qld.gov.au/anzacday
HARMONY WEEK Harmony Week is 20-26 March.
Wear orange and celebrate Ipswich’s diversity at any of the great community events being held across the city during the week. Ipswich.qld.gov.au/harmonyweek
STRONGER COMMUNITIES MASTERCLASS WORKSHOPS The Stronger Communities Program returns for 2023 with a series of free workshops that support and empower not-for-profit organisations to achieve great outcomes. Ipswich.qld.gov.au/strongercommunities
2023 IPSWICH ART AWARDS EXHIBITION View the works submitted in this years Ipswich Art Awards. Free exhibition, open to the public from 27 May - 3 June. Ipswich.qld.gov.au/ipswichartawards
A SEASON OF CHALLENGE
VENTURE into the great outdoors! With over 6,000ha of open parks and conservation areas it’s no wonder Ipswich is starting to become the home of so many outdoor recreation and endurance events. From January to November the region delivers a season of outdoor events encouraging adventure enthusiasts to venture to Ipswich for cycling, mountain biking and trail running, as well as family friendly outdoor events across the city.
IPSWICH 100 Sunday 26 March 2023 Starting Point: UniSQ Ipswich Campus The Ipswich100 Charity Bike Ride is a project of Brisbane West Lions Club in association with the Ipswich Hospital Foundation. All proceeds from the ride are donated to charity. Take a ride for a great cause!
MERIDA 24 HOUR Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 April 2023 Hidden Vale Adventure Park The ‘MERIDA Hidden Vale 24HR’ is a Solo, Team Relay and Kids Mountain Biking event starting at 12.00 pm Saturday and finishing at 12.00 pm Sunday. Riders compete for medals, prizes and bragging rights. It’s a weekend filled with camaraderie, activities and fun that you’ll never forget!
To register for an event visit Ipswichfestivals.com.au
COUNCIL IS PREPARING A NEW PLANNING SCHEME. GET INVOLVED AND HAVE YOUR SAY.
Scan the QR code to sign up for updates and future public consultation activities.
Get your new FOGO bin for less than 25 cents per day. Ipswich.qld.gov.au/fogo
GET LOUD AND GLOW UP WITH A NIGHT OF NEON AND LIVE TUNES IN TULMUR PLACE. GRAB YOUR FRIENDS OR BRING THE FAMILY AND ENJOY: LIVE MUSIC NEON GAMES ROVING GLOW PERFORMERS COMMONWEALTH HOTEL POP-UP BAR FOOD TRUCKS
FRIDAY 28 APRIL
FRIDAY 26 MAY
FREE EVENTS NICHOLASST.COM.AU
FRIDAY 28 APRIL - MONDAY 1 MAY 2023
Autos festival, a celebration of all things aviation, rail and autos across Ipswich. Now in its third year, the festival captures everything we love about these three modes of transportation, from stylish and beautiful vehicles, to powerful aircraft and the historic grandeur of trains, including Australia’s oldest working steam locomotive. It’s a festival with a huge range of exhibits and activities, so come join us to revel in the beauty and power of these incredible machines. Events like Planes, Trains and Autos allow friends and family to reconnect and creates community pride. We hope you enjoy your stay and return again in the near future. Be sure to immerse yourself in the local culture and get the opportunity to explore some of our world-class tourism experiences in this beautiful region. Congratulations to the event organisers and volunteers – we wish you all the best for a successful event. The Hon. Stirling Hinchliffe MP MINISTER FOR TOURISM, SPORT AND INNOVATION AND MINISTER ASSISTING THE PREMIER ON OLYMPICS AND PARALYMPICS SPORT AND ENGAGEMENT
Welcome to Planes, Trains and Autos, a highlight
on the It’s Live in Queensland events calendar and a wonderful opportunity to showcase Ipswich as a tourism destination. The Ipswich community is grateful to welcome visitors who fill their cafes and restaurants, stay in their accommodation, use local transport and explore our unique tourism experiences. That’s why we support events through Tourism and Events Queensland’s Destination Events Program because they bring a welcomed boost to the local community and supports local jobs.
The City of Ipswich has a rich history of advancing industrial
development, and continues to grow as a destination of choice for those who love big planes, historic trains, and fast cars. From our role as a hub for defence, technology and innovation to our city’s iconic motorsport precinct, Ipswich embraces its vibrant history and dynamic future. It is my great pleasure to once again introduce the 2023 Planes, Trains and WELCOME
Mayor Teresa Harding CITY OF IPSWICH
28–30 APRIL: AUSTRALIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIPS - QUEENSLAND RACEWAY ASBK returns to Queensland Raceway for another weekend of two-wheeled action. See close racing and incredible battles when Australia’s premier motorcycle championship and it’s best riders fight for supremacy in Ipswich. 30 APRIL: QUEENSLAND AUTO SPECTACULAR - WILLOWBANK RACEWAY All things auto with so much to get involved in, including a swap meet, show and shine, car club displays, rocker cover racing, test and tune, trade and food alley and kids workshops and amusements.
29 APRIL: PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOS - THE WORKSHOPS RAIL MUSEUM A celebration of all-things aviation, rail and autos including thrilling aerial displays complemented by on ground rail, aviation and vehicle displays, interactive exhibits, roving entertainment and more.
1 MAY: RETRO PICNIC
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Queensland Retro Picnics is a social outing combining hot rods, classic and muscle cars and bikes, and people who celebrate the Kustom Kulture, paired with amazing street food and fantastic live music.
SAT 29 APR
9.00 am - 4.00 pm The Workshops Rail Museum North Ipswich Adults $6 Children and Concession $5 Family Pass: 2 Adults and 3 Children $20 Children under 3 and Museum Members FREE
Join us in the City of Ipswich for a celebration of all things aviation, rail and autos, including: ■ access to all museum exhibitions and kids’ activities ■ car and motorcycle displays ■ aviation displays and flypasts ■ family interactive activities including wind tunnels ■ roving entertainment ■ large scale machinery. Tickets available on the day for an additional cost unless sold out prior.
Pre-purchase your tickets online and save!
IN THE AIR Look to the sky and be impressed by high energy aerobatic displays and formation fly-pasts featuring multiple aircrafts undertaking manoeuvres.
ON THE GROUND Discover the fascinating world of an airport at the Brisbane Airport Information Centre. Learn about the people, the history and the future that awaits!
History will come alive whilst exploring The Workshops Rail Museum. With hands-on exhibits, multi-media encounters and colourful stories coupled with huge locomotives and industrial machinery, there is something for the whole family. ■ ■
Discover the amazing locomotives and carriages on display at the museum, including the A10 No6, Australia’s oldest working locomotive
Australia In Space – Blast off and explore how Australia is pushing the boundaries of science to the furthest reaches of outer space at this interactive, hands on exhibition The Spencer Project – Take a trip back in time to 1906 and see the amazing Spencer motorcycle, recreated with original parts while immersing yourself in local history More than 15 larger than life exhibitions including the Sciencentre, huge model railway layout, train simulators and the Nippers Railway adventure playground for kids
Create your own paper planes and test fly them in our wind tunnels
Take a self-guided walking tour through parts of Queensland Rail’s extensive workshops and see how locomotives and carriages are built and maintained.
Complete your Planes, Trains and Autos experience with a vintage ALL ABOARD
train ride! Find out more via Planestrainsautos.com.au
CLASSIC AND MUSCLE CARS, SUPERKARTS AND A LINE-UP FROM THE BREMER FORD RANGE
EMERGENCY SERVICE VEHICLES
MONSTER AND MINI MACHINERY
GATES OPEN 7AM | WILLOWBANK RACEWAY ■ Huge range of vehicles from historic to muscle ■ Shannon’s Show & Shine ■ Rocker Cover Racing ■ Rides and entertainment for the family ■ Trade and Food Arena ■ ¼ mile drag racing action
To buy tickets or participate – visit Queenslandautospectacular.com.au
SUN 30 APR
PACIFIC AIRSHOW GOLD COAST, 18 - 20 AUGUST 2023
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At world-class events in Queensland
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