Sunday, August 24, 2014

Family Fun Found All Over Ipswich

Workshops Rail Museum queensland ipswich

TIME flies when you're having fun and it goes even quicker when the kids are too.

It seemed Ipswich was not short of activities to keep the younger ones busy when we asked for some ideas on places to take the kids on Facebook.

Queens Park and Ipswich Nature Centre were popular choices for parents as was the Ipswich Art Gallery.

"Ipswich has heaps of fantastic parks, a picnic is always a great fun way to spend an afternoon with the kids," said Sharon Ross.

"So much to do in Ipswich, Art Gallery rocks but be prepared for you kids to want to spend hours there," said Janice Freiberg.

Other out of the box suggestions included a trip to the Riverheart Parklands and simply touring the city, looking at its history.

"Take them for a walk to look at heritage houses," said Lois Kilmartin.

"Ipswich has heaps, they are beautiful and all have information out front on plaques."

Other educational activities for the kids included trips to the Ipswich Library and the Workshops Rail Museum.

For those looking for more of a thrill the Tactical Ops Paintball fields in Rosewood were suggested for children aged 15 and over.

Trampoline park and indoor play centre Just Jump was also a popular choice for adventure seekers.

"Just Jump is at the sport complex across from Redbook Plaza. it's fun (we) went there last weekend," said Melissa Small.

Just Jump - trampoline park Ipswich
Just Jump - trampoline park Ipswich
By Anna Hartley

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Opera Queensland Present Puccini’s La Boheme - Ciivic Theatre Ipswich

The most romantic opera of all time, La bohème appeals to devotees and newcomers alike.
On a snowy Christmas Eve a love affair begins between Mimi and her neighbour Rodolfo. We follow their youthful romance as it blossoms and falters, until Mimi dies in her poet’s arms in the most heart-rending final moments in all of opera.
Popular conductor Guy Noble directs an ensemble of musicians from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in
Richard Gill’s chamber orchestration of La bohème. This intimate and revealing new production presented as a concert performance stars some of Queensland’s most exciting young singers as a group of rent-dodging flatmates living and loving precariously on the edge of society.
Sung in Italian with projected English translations.
FREE Program Included, FREE Pre Show Entertainment, FREE Meet & Greet Post Show, FREE Pre Performance Talk in the Cunningham Room.
Project Puccini is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Playing Queensland Fund, and is also supported by the Graeme Wood Foundation.
Tue, 12 Aug 2014
Stars Cafe Open 6:00pm l Show Starts 7:30pm 
Adult $55.00
Concession $50.00
Group10+ $45.00
Purchase Tickets Online

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Latest review from - Metro Hotel Ipswich International

“ipswich shines”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 31st July 2014NEW
if you want a cbd hotel in ipswich that has fantastic restaurant for breakfast this is the one comfortable rooms and great position two streets away from train cbd and short walk across the river to other shops malls ( river link)
Room Tip: easterly view is nice

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Coates Hire Ipswich 360 Parade Ipswich

Mack the truck from the Disney Pixar movie Cars brought up the rear of the parade to the delight of young fans.

The Ipswich CBD and surrounding suburbs were treated to a spectacular sight this afternoon when the V8 Transporter Parade rolled through town. 

The parade featured a convoy of B-Double Transporters. Starting at Queensland Raceway, the convoy took the Cunningham Highway and Warwick Rd into town and turned in the centre of Ipswich before heading out again the same way. 

The Coates Hire Ipswich 360 will be held at Queensland Raceway from this Friday to Sunday.

Red Bull Truck - The Parade Begins on East St.

The parade begins on East St.
View the official Coates Hire Ipswich 360 Event Website

See the Ipswich Council Facebook page for additional images and information

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Peace Train: The Cat Stevens Story

Peace Train – The Cat Stevens Story show - ipswich hotel

Peace Train – The Cat Stevens Story “Intimate & Acoustic”, starring Darren Coggan, is a night of music and story-telling which will strike a chord deep inside the heart of anyone who longs for something more.

A journey back in time to the well of inspiration, recreating Cat’s timeless songs as they were originally written – on an acoustic guitar and piano, seeking out the man in the music and telling the story behind the songs.

Hear twenty-four hits sung with remarkable authenticity by one of Australia’s most exciting artists.

From Moonshadow, to Morning Has Broken, Wild World, Father & Son, First Cut Is The Deepest, Hard Headed Woman and Peace Train, Darren Coggan traces the path of a man who never stopped wondering about how to make the world a better place.

When: Sun, 29 Jun 2014
Location: Stars Cafe
Time: Open 4:30 pm | Show Starts 6:00 pm
Price: from $50.00

Tickets to show available from Ipswich Civic centre website:

For more info:

Coming to Ipswich for the show? Need accommodation at Ipswich?

Look no further than Metro Hotel Ipswich International:

Peace Train – The Cat Stevens Story show - metro hotel ipswich international

This city centre hotel overlooks city parklands and walking distance to the Ipswich Civic Centre which is next door to the Hotel and this is the premier entertainment venue in Ipswich.

The hotel has a reputation for personalised service whether this is for a hotel function or conference, weddings, business or leisure accommodation or dining at Platform 9 restaurant.

Nearby tourist attractions include the Ipswich Art Gallery, the Queensland Workshop Railway Museum and for the adventure seekers and family fun there’s balloon rides to high adrenaline packages by helicopter, airboat and paintball.

Ipswich is 35 km from Brisbane and 66 km from Brisbane’s airport. Complimentary on site car parking and lift access to all floors from the car park and reception.

Visit Metro Hotel Ipswich International website:

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ipswich Cup Attracts Interstate and International Starters

IT is Ipswich's turn in the spotlight of the Queensland Racing Winter Carnival as the time-honoured Ipswich Cup is contested on Saturday.
The meeting, which has long held a reputation as much more than a race meeting, will again attract thousands of patrons, including 12,000 'pre-sold' revellers joining in the celebration.
The last-minute scramble for in-field marquee tickets is underway as the grandstand side marquees and individual in-field marquees have been sold out for some time.
But it is expected that in-field Corona marquee tickets will be sold until Saturday.
A healthy 160 nominations were received for the program and these include a good number of interstate and international gallopers.
Nominations received for the Ipswich Cup alone feature runners from Victoria in Peter Moody's Full of Spirit, Pat Carey's Angola, David Brideoak and David Feek's High Aims, and Michael Moroney's Garud.
Sydneysider Gerald Ryan has nominated Ironstein, there is a South Australian in John Hyam's Stella Lante, and there are two New Zealanders in Toowoomba Cup winner Military Move, and last year's unlucky Ipswich Cup second placegetter High Kin who is trained by Stewart McKinnon.
Bryan Guy won the Ipswich Cup last year with Anagold and this year he has Dienekes and Noisy Ocean nominated for the big race.
Top Queensland trainer Robert Heathcote has nominated Sam's Town and Volkhere and Group 1-winning Tony Gollan is targeting the Cup with Brave Ali.
Top Sydney trainers Chris Waller with Masthead and Joseph Pride with Sir Berus spearhead the nominations for the Eyeliner Stakes with a strong field looking to collect Ipswich's famous sprint race.

Saturday spoils shared
AT Eagle Farm last Saturday, there were three Group 1 races and the spoils were shared across the east coast of Australia.
Queensland's biggest race, the Stradbroke Handicap, carried $1 million for the winner.
This prizemoney was kept in the Sunshine State as the Natalie McCall-trained River Lad from the Sunshine Coast prevailed over fellow Queenslander Temple of Boom and exciting Sydney three- year-old filly Srikandi.
In the JJ Atkins for two-year- olds, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Almalad just got home over a fellow Sydneysider in the Chris Waller-trained Brazen Beau.
Brazen Beau headed the winner at the 200 metre mark, with Tony Gollan's Queensland-trained Looks Like the Cat in third.
The quinella of the Queensland Derby went to Victoria as the Henry Dwyer-trained Sonntag defeated Troy Corsten's Pinstripe Lad. Sydneysider Vilanova gave Chris Waller another Group 1 placegetter by running third.

Outcry over protest result
RACING Queensland and the Ipswich Turf Club received an unusual number of complaints from the public in relation to a protest result last Wednesday at Ipswich.
The race was the seventh of the day and across the line, Bryan Guy-trained and Janette Johnson-ridden Grapevine had a winning margin of a nose over the Gillian Heinrich-trained and Tim Bell-ridden Set Afire.
There was clear interference in the home straight.
While it may have appeared initially on television replays that this was caused by the winner laying out, RQ stewards found that the second horse had caused the winner to lay out after bumping its hind quarter, causing the winner to twist outwards.
Guy was happy with the result as it gave him a double for the day after Magic Cassius' win earlier in the day.
Gillian Heinrich had to be content with an earlier win by Walkin' Tall. That helped to push both she, on the trainer's premiership, and Tim Bell, on the jockey's premiership, each three wins clear with a month and a half of the season remaining.

Farewell Wayne Wilson
THE condolences of all committee, staff and members at the Ipswich Turf Club go out to the family of the great man, and great race caller Wayne Wilson.
Wayne was a terrific supporter of the ITC and of all industry stakeholders.
He will be sorely missed.

Swich On revive Calcutta
AS part of the festivities in the week leading up to Ipswich Cup Day, local charitable association Swich On is conducting a calcutta night.
This is on Thursday night at the North Ipswich Reserve.
It has been a decade or two since a calcutta night was held on the Ipswich Cup and all credit to the local association for reigniting this entertaining and potentially profitable evening.
The pool is promising to be around $10,000, giving the lucky buyer of the Ipswich Cup winner a handsome dividend.
The guest speakers include Group 1-winning trainer Tony Gollan and scallywag from the south Allan "Robbo" Robinson, who is famed for Footy Show appearances as well as an impressive set of statistics from his riding career.
Tickets may be booked at

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Switch on of NBN to kick-start economic revival of CBD

Metro Hotel Ipswich International General Manager Earl Muir said the NBN would make his hotel an attractive location for business conferences

THE Ipswich CBD has entered the high-speed internet age with the NBN fibre optic network switched on this week.

The switch on is predicted to make the Ipswich CBD an attractive prospect for businesses and continue the CBD's revival.

The area covered by the network includes the city's major sites including the mall, Ipswich Hospital and court house, Icon Ipswich and St Andrew's Hospital.

More suburbs on the edge of the CBD are on the cusp of connection. NBN Co began work in Wood End, Coalfalls and West Ipswich 12 months ago.

Building preparation has begun at the Ipswich UQ Campus and in Churchill and Yamanto.

NBN Co spokesperson Ryan Williams said the roll-out of the high-speed internet was ongoing in the Ipswich region with 9500 homes already able to connect.

"Construction has commenced in to build the NBN to further 4000 homes and businesses in Ipswich and surrounding suburbs including Bundamba and Goodna," he said.

"The goal of the National Broadband Network (NBN) is to provide access to fast, affordable and reliable broadband to Australians - including families and business owners in Ipswich and surrounding suburbs.

"On average it takes around 12 months from the start of construction until residents and business owners can access services over the NBN from phone companies and internet providers."

Metro Hotel general manager Earl Muir said the NBN would make his hotel an attractive location for business conferences.

The hotel's facilities are already popular among the business community, but NBN connectivity would make it more appealing, he believes.

"That would be of significant benefit to us because we have a lot of business and conference clients," he said.

"Last week we had an approach for a conference of 110 people who each needed to log onto our wi-fi.

"It's a big deal for us. We recently started offering in house wi-fi to our guests and that would mean a lot to have it for our guests."

Ipswich City Councillor Andrew Antoniolli said the NBN was the most important construction of infrastructure Ipswich has seen for decades.

"It makes the CBD very attractive for further developments and that is the difference between the A-Grade NBN and the B-Grade," he said.

"I would put this down as the most significant piece of infrastructure to go into the CBD since sewage and running water."

Blair MP Shayne Neumann said the NBN should give the CBD a welcome kick-start for business investment.

"Ipswich city needs a real shot in the arm and the NBN will deliver it," he said.

"It's a policy of the former Labor Government being rolled out across the Ipswich CBD."