Mission Beach

Nature takes centre stage at Mission Beach with its long unspoilt beaches, deserted islands and white-water rivers fringed by rainforest. There are no crowds at this seductive and easy going destination which is perfect for relaxation or discovering adrenalin pumping outdoor activities.

This is the birthplace of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, so exploring the reef is a must. Reef boats leave from the Clump Point jetty, join a kayaking tour or hire a dinghy and take a picnic to a deserted Great Barrier Reef island.

Mission Beach has 14 kilometres of sandy beaches, so it is easy to find a quiet place to relax with a book or indulge by checking into the couple's room at a day spa and relaxing with the fabulous beach views. There are four villages that are collectively known as Mission Beach: South Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach, North Mission Beach and Bingil Bay.

Lush rainforest touches the shores of Mission Beach, hiding the elusive southern cassowary. Look for these majestic creatures on an easy rainforest walks and keep an eye out for the brilliant blue Ulysses butterfly, another local icon.

Nearby is the spectacular Misty Mountains Trail, a series of long-distance walking tracks through high-altitude rainforest. Several follow the ridgelines used by the area's traditional owners, the Jirrbal and Mamu Aboriginal people.

The serene beauty of Mission Beach hides another side to this friendly beachside retreat - adrenalin-pumping adventure. Skydive from a plane on to the beach, head into the heart of the rainforest for white water rafting or explore the area on a jet ski or mountain bike.

Luxurious resorts, elegant hill-top apartments and beach houses are favourites for those wanting to escape from their busy lives, or choose from family-friendly motels, beach caravan parks and popular backpacker hostels. Mission Beach is about a two hour drive south of Cairns.

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22 February 2017
Bring your kids to Ipswich Art Gallery and be the first in Australia to experience playing in a unique TapeScape — a two-story, 20 metre square, creative play space for kids. Explore the tunnels and slides made entirely from 56,000 metres of packing tape designed and created by artist Eric Lennartson direct from the United States!
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22 February 2017
Bring your kids to Ipswich Art Gallery this summer for an awesome hands-on experience the whole family can enjoy. Popular exhibit Construction Site is back and bigger and better than ever. Be your own architect and build your dream cubby house!

Christmas Express

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2 December 2017
Join Santa on a festive return steam train journey to historic Grandchester station. Departing at 10 am from the Museum platform, enjoy a 2.5 hour journey through the scenic countryside. When you arrive at Grandchester station, see the steam locomotive turned around for the journey home.

Didgeridoo Bush Camp

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7 April 2017
Didgeridoo Bush Camp at Didgeridoo Festivals HQ is a three day event with didgeridoo workshops and a live Performance from Wild Marmalade's Didgeridoo Virtuoso Si Mullumby. We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of Ipswich;

Museum Twilight Markets

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21 April 2017
The Museum Twilight Markets is Ipswich's newest event destination! Combining quality handmade market stalls, food vendors, a licensed bar, a free craft workshop, children's entertainment, live music and torchlight tours of The Workshops Rail Museum, the Museum Twilight Markets are a great event for the whole family!

Day out with Thomas

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24 June 2017
The world’s most loved blue steam engine and his friends are enjoying winter school holiday fun at the Museum. Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and The Fat Controller. Enjoy hands-on Thomas activities in the Thomas Play Pit and get loads of happy snaps with Thomas’s friends at the Museum.

Museum Twilight Markets

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21 April 2017
The Museum Twilight Markets is Ipswich's newest event destination! Combining quality handmade market stalls, food vendors, a licensed bar, a free craft workshop, children's entertainment, live music and torchlight tours of The Workshops Rail Museum, the Museum Twilight Markets are a great event for the whole family!

War-Time Quilts

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18 March 2017
The history of military conflict and the soldier’s life is retold through the ‘war quilts’ of this very rare collection curated by leading quilt historian Dr Annette Gero. While quilting is often considered as the domain of women, this exhibition casts a different spin on the production of quilts during war-time, and shows how the hands of men turned to quilting as a past-time in the midst of the extreme conditions of war.

A Room for Wild Animals

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25 February 2017
Get up close to 20 taxidermy specimens including big cats, bears and deer. In this Ipswich first, these large specimens have been pulled out of the Queensland Museum vaults so we can learn more about them.
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