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Swanbank: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Cooneana Heritage Centre


If you're into local history and traditional craftsmanship then put a visit to Ipswich's historic Cooneana Homestead on your itinerary. Home to the Ipswich Historical Society and Spinners and Weavers, Cooneana Heritage Centre houses historical photographs, memorabilia, artefacts and mining displays that showcase the rich and diverse history of Ipswich - Queensland's oldest provincial city.

Explore Jim Donald House - a fine example of a Workers Cottage - which has been faithfully restored and furnished to reflect the period - 1890s to early 1900s - when this architectural style was popular. In the classroom area of the museum. children can experience an olden time classroom complete with "engraved" wooden desks and slate boards - a great experience for school groups. Ipswich's important mining history is also represented with indoor and outdoor exhibits and the traditional crafts of spinning and weaving can be seen on Thursdays.

Cooneana Heritage Centre is open every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from March until November inclusive, from 10am-2pm. Regular trading hours include Thursday and Saturday from 10am-2pm.




1041 Redbank Plains Road
New Chum, QLD, 4303

Located 2.3K from Swanbank

White Rock - Spring Mountain Conservation Estate


Located just 20 minutes from the Ipswich Central Business District and 35 minutes' from Brisbane Central Business District, White Rock - Spring Mountain Conservation Estate features the distinctive, sculptured, rocky outcrops of White Rock and Spring Mountain.

Covering over 2,500ha of regionally significant bushland, the Estate also features extensive forested ridges, escarpments and valleys that are home to an amazing array of plant and wildlife species.
Visitors can enjoy the full gamut of outdoor activities including hiking, bird-watching, horse riding (bring your own horses), mountain bike riding and nature study. For the bushwalker there's everything from a leisurely 200 metre walk to the more challenging 19 kilometre round trip trail with most of the trails are suitable for hiking and mountain bike riding. If you're on horseback, then the Yaddamun Trail is perfect.

The entry to the Estate is the Paperbark Flats Picnic Area, at the end of School Road in Redbank Plains. Amenities on site include toilets, picnic facilities and horse float parking. Don't forget to take a hat, sunscreen and drinking water. Visit the website for trail updates and to download the trail guide.





School Road
Redbank Plains, QLD, 4301

Located 5.3K from Swanbank

Ebbw Vale Memorial Park


In the Ipswich suburb of Ebbw Vale, the memory of young men cut down in their prime in WWI lingers by a football field. The AL Petrie soldier statue memorial was originally unveiled near Ebbw Vale railway station on 14 May 1918. It was relocated in 1969 to Ebbw Vale Memorial Park, once known as the Whitwood grounds, named after a local colliery which had fielded two soccer teams since the 1890s.

Among the 22 names of those who enlisted in WWI are soccer team members William Jeffrey, Peter Jeffrey, H Mills and LW Breslin.

Unlike other states which favoured more architectural monuments, many Queensland communities chose the soldier statue for its traits of youth, masculinity, loyalty, bravery and innocence.

Soccer is still played on the grounds, along with cricket, softball and touch football and major community gatherings.




Brisbane Road
Ebbw Vale, QLD, 4304

Located 5.3K from Swanbank

Didgeridoo Festivals


Didgeridoo Festivals near Ipswich is a didgeridoo community and events company that brings people together through unique activities. It's located at Bellbird Park, Ipswich, just 30 minutes drive from Brisbane.

How about learning to make your own eucalyptus didgeridoo from an expert? Didgeridoo Festivals offer a two day workshop where you'll enjoy camping, story telling and making music around a camp fire, plus being served a delicious barbecue dinner and breakfast. You'll also learn basic techniques so you can play your new hand-crafted creation. Or why not try a four hour workshop or six lesson course to play like a professional?

Every first Sunday afternoon of the month from 2pm to 5pm there is an acoustic Didgeridoo Jam in the Park at Didgeridoo Festivals HQ. And then there's the VIP Didgeridoo Camp out featuring didgeridoo virtuoso's from around the world who perform and teach advanced techniques. It'll be an amazing and memorable experience.

Ipswich visitors can also pop into the Didgeridoo Festivals Shop where they can buy a hand-crafted instrument made by local artists, which comes with a free lesson and certificate of authenticity. Proceeds support the Yothu Yindi Foundation.




10 Lorikeet Lane
Bellbird Park, QLD, 4300

Located 5.4K from Swanbank

Booval War Memorial


One of Australia's best known sculptors, Daphne Mayo, is believed to have created the Booval WWI memorial while apprenticed to Ipswich monumental mason Frank Williams. The memorial, a slightly smaller than life-sized soldier standing on a plinth, was unveiled on 15 February 1919 by Governor Sir Hamilton Goold-Adams.

The marble and granite memorial honours the 221 local men who served during WWI.

A committee representing the Ipswich suburbs of Booval, Silkstone, Newtown and Raceview had raised ?499 through entertainment and public subscriptions during the previous year. A voluntary 'working bee' had prepared the foundations.

War had delayed Daphne Mayo from taking up a travelling scholarship and she bided her time learning the art of carving with Williams. The Booval statue is attributed to her because of timing and the strong resemblance it bears to a model she made. Its style echoes Williams'.

Mayo's work includes the Brisbane City Hall tympanum and the Queensland Women's War Memorial in Brisbane's ANZAC Square.

Plaques honouring 16 local men who died in WWII as well as tributes to later conflicts have since been added.




Green Street
Booval, QLD, 4304

Located 5.7K from Swanbank

Limestone Park


If it's wide, green, open spaces you're looking for in Ipswich, Limestone Park at Eastern Heights, just a few minutes from the Central Business District, has plenty of room for all sorts of outdoor activities. It's proof that you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a great time.

Used regularly for team sports events with facilities suitable for soccer, football, cricket, athletics and netball, Limestone Park has picnic tables and barbecues with drinking water, gazebos and other shelters so the whole family can enjoy the pleasant surroundings. Bring along a ball to kick around the large area so the kids can run themselves ragged, and there's also playground equipment for the younger ones.

It's not unusual to see local walkers and joggers enjoying Limestone Park, including with strollers and pet dogs joining in on the exercise. There are recreational pathways and strength and agility stations, along with car parking, disabled access and public toilets. You can also hold a sporting event at Bill Paterson Oval by prearrangement with Ipswich Little Athletics.





42a Chermside Road
Ipswich City, QLD, 4305

Located 6.3K from Swanbank

Swanbank: Events

The Forgotten Industry - Woollen Manufacture!


Little is recorded about the three Ipswich woollen mills. Ipswich Historical Society is filling this gap in the city's heritage by compiling a history of this forgotten industry. Can you help?

Did you work in an Ipswich woollen mill?
What did you do there?
Did you do shift work?
If so, did it impact on your family life?
Did you work in the office?
What social activities were organised for the workers?

Come and share your memories over a delicious morning tea on Sunday June 26 from 10am until 2pm.

For catering purposes, it would be wonderful if you would rsvp by Wednesday 22 June to Sandi by phone or email.


Event Dates
2016
      26th Jun
      26th Jun


1041 Redbank Plains Road,
1041 Redbank Plains Road
New Chum, QLD, 4303

Located 2.3K from Swanbank

Golden Jubilee Celebration


You are invited to a birthday party to celebrate 50 years since the Ipswich Historical Society was formed. There will be something for the whole family - free entry, activities for the children including a magician, display and sales stalls, affordable delicious food, entertainment, and of course a birthday cake. Local historians and community groups such as the Genealogical Society will be there to answer your questions. Interesting history talks will take place throughout the day.

The museum is full of local history, the furnished miner's cottage will be on display, Cooneana Homestead (currently being restored) will be open to visitors. Lots more to see and do - bush poet - stilt walkers - musical ensemble from West Moreton College, the Huntsman, and a reverse strip by the Queensland Colonial Association. There will be a simulated mines rescue, mines displays and the historic motorcycle club and the spinners and weavers will be there for you.

The evening's entertainment includes the OuttaWak group - the Amberley Brass band will entertain during the day. The Centre opens at 10am and does not close until 2pm so come and go as you please. This is an event not to be missed.


Event Dates
2016
      8th Oct


1041 Redbank Plains Road,
1041 Redbank Plains Road
New Chum, QLD, 4303

Located 2.3K from Swanbank

Didgeridoo Jam in the Park


Every first Sunday afternoon of the month from 2pm to 5pm they have their acoustic Didgeridoo Jam in the Park at Didgeridoo Festivals HQ in Bellbird Park. Come in and have a jam or bring a blanket and relax, kick back and listen to a mix of instruments combined with the Didgeridoo. They are a didgeridoo community with a unique gathering of instruments surrounded by gum trees and friendly wild life. This is a free non alcohol community event that is child friendly.


Event Dates
2016
      3rd Jul
      7th Aug
      4th Sep
      2nd Oct
      6th Nov
      4th Dec
2017
      5th Feb
      5th Mar
      2nd Apr
      7th May
      4th Jun
      2nd Jul
      6th Aug


10 Lorikeet Lane
Bellbird Park, QLD, 4300

Located 5.4K from Swanbank

Food, Art and Music - Dinner and Exhibition


This will be a night to remember where they bring the best of Ipswich's local talent to meet the public.

Start the evening with wine and cheese, mingling with the artists and browse the pop up art gallery whilst listening to live Jazz music.

Enjoy unique art work from a variety of local artists using a number of art forms including mosaic, sculpture, painting, photography and music.

Finish off relaxing in venue amongst the artwork while enjoying an Italian buffet of pizza, pasta and salads.

The featured artists are:
Jude Askew - Glass Mocaics
Nina Florence - Ceramics, Sculpture, Music
Gayle Wedemeyer - Local creative photograper
GVR - Painting and ceramics
Mark Plumb - Sculptor
Lady G and Gwyneth Rosenlund - Jazz musician/singer

A percentage of funds raised will be donated to the Ipswich District Artist Fund.

One night only.


Event Dates
2016
      30th Jun


43 Brisbane Road
Newtown, QLD, 4305

Located 6.4K from Swanbank

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