KEEP COOL: Beat the heat at the Australia Day family fun day at Bundamba Swim Centre.
KEEP COOL: Beat the heat at the Australia Day family fun day at Bundamba Swim Centre. Rob Williams

10 things to do in Ipswich on the weekend

1 Oz Day at Swim Centres

  • Centres located across Ipswich
  • Tomorrow, opening hours vary

A RANGE of popular Ipswich swim centres will host Australia Day celebrations for residents to beat the heat on the nation's birthday.

Guests will be able to use the pool's facilities for free on the day.

Lucky door prizes will also be up for grabs at each participating venue.

The four centres include Goodna Aquatic Centre, the Rosewood Swim Centre, the Georgie Conway Leichhardt Community Swim Centre and the Bundamba Swim Centre.

For more information phone 3381 8240 (Goodna),5464 1246 (Rosewood), 3281 8743 (Leichhardt) or 3282 2801 (Bundamba).


2 Fernvale Markets

  • Fernvale State School Oval, Brisbane Valley Hwy
  • Tomorrow, 6am - 12noon

THIS country-style market features homemade baked goods, fresh produce, arts and crafts and plants, second-hand goods and much more.

Food and drinks are available on site and entry is free.

For more information phone 5464 3863

3 Springfield Organic Market

  • Robelle Domain Parklands, Springfield
  • Today, 7am - 1pm

THIS great community event held each Saturday is a great destination for foodies, as there are a range of stalls selling fresh organic and conventional produce.

The markets also play host to various local artists and designers selling a wide range of unique handmade products.

Entry is free and parking is available on site. For more information visit

4 Construction Site

  • Ipswich Art Gallery, d'Arcy Doyle Pl
  • All weekend, 10am-5pm

IT'S the last week for families to check out Construction Site - an awesome hands-on experience the whole family can enjoy.

Be your own architect and use giant foam blocks to build whatever you can imagine.

Construct the ultimate cubby house or work together as a team and create your own city.

Recommended for youngsters aged two -12 years. Cost is $3 per person.

The event will be held till January 27. For more information visit

5 Australia Day Event

  • Robelle Domain Parklands, Springfield
  • Tomorrow, 3pm - 8.30pm

CELEBRATE Australia Day with games, rides, food and fireworks at Springfield's Australia Day celebrations.

The free event will also offer prizes for best dressed family and group.

For more information phone 0481 178 533.

6 Australiana Exhibition

  • Ipswich Art Gallery, d'Arcy Doyle Pl
  • All weekend, 10am-5pm

ENJOY some great artwork at the Australiana Exhibition of photos and art pieces by Ann Window.

All artwork is for sale. Adults can enjoy a free coffee or tea in the air-conditioning and there will be Australian-themed colouring activities for children.

Event runs until January 26. For more information phone Ann on 0487 015 028.

7 Oz Day Squash Challenge

  • PCYC Ipswich, Griffith St
  • All weekend, games start at 9am

SQUASH fan's will have a great opportunity to see the pro's play with a number of top seeded Australian and international players at this weekend's Australia Day Squash Challenge.

The challenge will include an Open Women's and Open Men's Competition as well as Graded men's and women's events for local players.

Admission for spectators is free. For more information phone Michelle on 0408 069 781.

8 A Day Out With Thomas

  • The Workshops Rail Museum, Nth Ipswich

THOMAS the Tank Engine has rolled is rolling into museum for a week of circus-inspired entertainment and activities.

Guests can meet the iconic train, the Fat Controller and friends of Thomas, build tracks in the Thomas Play Pit, take part in circus inspired activities and much more.

The museum is open from 9.30am-5pm.

For more information phone 34325197 or visit The event will run until February 2.

9 Boxworld Exhibition

  • Ipswich Art Gallery
  • All weekend, 10am-5pm

It began as one tiny building and has grown to resemble a typical Australian city with shops, high-rise buildings and bridges. BoxWorld is recommended for 2 - 12 years but all ages are welcome.

Cost is $3 per person (children and adults), $10 for a family pass.

Free entry for infants up to 6 months of age.

Admission fee includes all day entry to Construction Site, Ball Run, BoxWorld and associated craft making activities.

For more information visit:

10 Showplace Markets

  • Ipswich Showgrounds, Warwick Rd
  • Tomorrow, 6am-11.30am

COME along to the Ipswich Showplace markets held every Sunday.

There is a lot to see and browse with an array of stalls offering tools, toys, clothing, home-wares, arts and crafts and plenty more.

You can even come and have some breakfast and grab yourself a coffee before you start to wander.

For more information phone 3281 1577.

Onsite parking is available.

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