Get set for school holiday fun in the Swich!

by Rachel Vickary in Local adventures Posted on 09/11/2021 13:00

School holidays are just around the corner so we’ve come up with a list of our favourite local hotspots for kids and families. From llamas to lagoons, we’ve got your complete go to school holiday guide.

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Haigslea Ewe-Nique Hobby FarmnVisit Penny, farmer Dave and their cuddly animals at Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm. Hand feed the chickens, pat the goats and sheep and take a selfie with the alpacas. When you are done with the animals perch yourself on a hay bale and enjoy some homemade treats and a cuppa.nCheck out the farm’s Facebook page for event details and opening hours. Bookings essential.

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nThe Llama FarmnDiscover Queensland’s biggest herd of llamas at the Llama Farm, situated in scenic Pine Mountain. Visitors are able to take a llama for a walk on a custom-built trail as well as seeing donkeys, miniature ponies, peacocks, turkeys, geese, guinea fowl and two fluffy Maremma dogs.nVisit their Facebook page for further information. https://www.facebook.com/thellamafarm/

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nNaughty Little KidsnIf it’s goats you want to cuddle, then head to the Naughty Little Kids open day on Tuesday 24th of September. Not only can you pat the ‘kids’ and try your hand at milking a goat, but there will also be a jumping castle, face painting, sausage sizzle, coffee van and a mini-market selling goat products.nTo find out more and purchase tickets head to https://www.naughtylittlekids.com.au/

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nSummer Land CamelsnBook in advance with Summer Land Camels in the Scenic Rim, for a camel ride or tour of Summer Land Camel farm.nBook online at https://summerlandcamels.com.au/events-and-functions/

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nAnimal Encounters at Ipswich Nature CentrenJoin a special VIP guided walking tour of the Ipswich Nature Centre to discover more about local wildlife, feed the barnyard animals, pet a reptile and learn about bilby conservation. Tours run on Wednesdays and Friday during the school holidays at 9am and 11am. Book now at https://www.discoveripswich.com.au/tour/animal-encounters-ipswich-nature-centre/ You might also be interested in our Ipswich Nature Centre Review.

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nEco-Hunt at White RocknExplore the trails of White Rock – Spring Mountain Conservation Estate from the 9th of September to the 7th of October 2019 to be in with the chance to win great prizes and contribute to mapping Australia’s biodiversity. Simply download the QuestaGame app, walk the trails and snap as many different pictures of insects, birds, animals and plants.nFor further information visit https://questagame.com/ipswich.

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nThe Workshops Rail MuseumnCelebrating all things trains, The Workshops Rail Museum offers an interactive play space for kids. A dedicated children’s adventure playground aptly named ‘Nippers Railway’ (a nipper was the youngest member of a railway gang) features a kids-sized railway network with a port, goods yard, country station, city station and even a signal tower.nThe Workshops Rail Museum features the largest model railway of Queensland anywhere in the world. Real trains and multimedia exhibitions are packed into the Museum and while there is a fee for entry, once inside, all the activities are included.

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nThe Ipswich Art GallerynOne of the best-dedicated children’s art galleries is located in central Ipswich and generally free for families to enter (sometimes individual exhibitions attract a small entry fee).

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nFlagstone Adventure ParknFlagstone Adventure Park has a whole-family design approach, and kids of all ages will enjoy the different challenges on offer.nFor the little kids, it has numerous climbing opportunities that encourage safe independence with bridges to cross, tunnels to crawl through, and various slides to match their courage. For older kids, there is the expanse of aerial adventure, slides and challenging climbing routes to enjoy.nAdjacent to the Flagstone Adventure Park is the Flagstone Water Park which is equally impressive and has a café if you want to get some coffee.

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nRiver Heart PlaygroundnRiver heart playground at Ipswich boasts 3 sandpit areas, water-play activities with 4 large water pumps for children to experiment with, swings, a flying fox, a large climbing frame with a slide and lots of smaller points of interest!

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nRobelle Domain Springfieldn11km of boardwalks, sporting fields, walking tracks and playgrounds for kids, Robelle Domain boasts water play and an interactive playground. It is also located right next door to the free community Orion Water park.nOrion LagoonnOrion Lagoon has a vast expanse of shallow pools and water features. The interconnected pools cater for all age groups, from the toddler-friendly 0.3 metres up to 1.5 metres for more proficient swimmers. Some are gently graded from the edge to give a beach-like effect, with one section offering features such as squirting spouts and stepping-stones.

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nColleges Crossing Recreation ReservenA wonderful way to cool down and enjoy the great outdoors in Ipswich is at Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve. The crossing is a low-lying bridge that crosses the Brisbane River in the suburb of Chuwar, and this long-time favourite with locals and visitors has all you need for a relaxing day out for all ages.nIncludes a nature-based children’s playground covered by shade sails with equipment such as a fort, musical wall, spinning seats, tree log tunnel and frog sculptures. There’s a lake for fishing and kayaking, and while it’s advised not to take the full plunge for a swim, you can enjoy paddling in the shallows and skimming stones.

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nQueensland Pioneer Steam RailwaynTake the family on board a vintage wooden carriage and discover the rich mining history of the Ipswich area as you go past ruins of old mines and equipment from days gone by. Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway operates on various weekend services each month and is available for charter. The Queensland Pioneer Dinner Trains offer a range of themed dining experiences in the Heritage Award Winning Sunlander dining cars from the iconic Sunlander.nThere are Themed Trains such as the Santa Steam Train and Troop Trains that re-enacting the war years in Australia.

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nA Day with ThomasnThe world’s most loved blue steam engine Thomas the Tank Engine is steaming into The Workshops Rail Museum this summer for Day out with Thomas.nMeet Thomas, The Fat Controller, and some of Thomas’ closest friends. Enjoy hands-on Thomas activities in the Thomas Play Pit and get loads of happy snaps with Thomas and his friends around the museum.nEnjoy Thomas craft to take home and find mini Thomas on the huge model railway layout. Let off some steam before home time in the indoor playground, Nippers Railway. There’s something for everyone.nMonday 27th December 2021 at 09:30 – 16:00 to Monday 10th January 2022 at 09:30 – 16:00

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nJamie’s Ministry of Food School Holiday Program in IpswichnJoin us for our popular School Holiday 5-day Jamie’s Ministry of Food cooking classes, where you’ll get to complete our 5-class course, full of delicious Jamie Oliver recipes, handy kitchen tips and professional skills!

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