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Explore Ipswich, Queensland, Australia this August

Take one off the bucket list

If you’ve been wanting to try hot air ballooning for a while, why not take it off the bucket list – it’s just as thrilling as a ride, but one that you’ll never forget.

The one hour flight takes you over the Ipswich countryside at sunrise before bringing you back down for a hearty breakfast at Fourthchild Cafe.

Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights is open and ready to make your dream a reality. It is a great experience for family and friends, numbers are capped at 10 in the balloon.

You can even enjoy a picnic in the olive grove with fresh olives, wander through the olive trees and find a shady spot to sit and enjoy the produce.

Visit an animal nursery at Haigslea

At the Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm get up close to a range of friendly farm animals including alpacas, goat and chickens.

You’ll get your petting zoo fix here feeding and petting the animals.

The sheep are also currently lambing so there’s plenty of babies running around too.

Pro tip: Order a cuppa and slice of cake from the on-site cafe, sit back and let the kids use up their energy petting and feeding the animals!

Sample some local produce

Head out to Watercress Creek Olives and Limes to taste test the local olives and limes they grow on site.

Taste some local gin

Imbibis Craft Distillery are open for tastings of their award-winning gin and shiraz brandy at the distillery, book in now.

And for the duration of what would have been Ekka until Sunday August 15, they’re running 16% off tasting packs online with the code EKKA2021.

Feed the camels 

Feed the camels at Summer Land Camels for $2 a bag, enjoy lunch at the cafe and browse the shop for products made with the farm’s camel milk.  Book in for a tour and taste farm tour or a camel ride!

Calling adventure seekers

Explore over 100km of hiking and biking trails at the Hidden Vale Adventure Park.

There are bikes for hire and a shuttle service to help you get further into the property.

The park is located at Grandchester next door to Spicers Hidden Vale.  You can even book a luxury weekend away here, in a cabin with an outdoor spa and tuck into a paddock to plate meal at the hatted Homage Restaurant.

Make sure you stop in at Kaysuelle Fashions at Rosewood on your way through for a spot of shopping.