Where is it: Iona Performing Arts Centre, Iona College, 85 North Road, Lindum, QLD
What's it all about: Set in 1920s Chicago, this story of love, betrayal, despair and hope comes alive in this fantastic, locally produced presentation!
Tell me more: After attending their fantastic performance of Les Mis (check out our review here!), we’ve been big fans of Savoyards Theatre and if you love theatre they are really worth checking out! We attended the launch of the wonderful story ‘Chicago’ and we were instantly taken with it! Fantastic costumes and music and if the performance is anything like the one we saw from Les Mis, it’s going to be a wonderfully entertaining production!
Where is it: All around Toowoomba from 20 – 30 September 2018!
What's it all about: Queensland’s ‘Garden City’ has been putting on its best annually for over 65 years now – so much so that the Carnival of Flowers has become an iconic event!
Tell me more: Around 2 hour’s drive west of Brisbane will put you right in the heart of one of Australia’s most fertile agricultural regions – the Darling Downs and its major centre, Toowoomba! The Garden City celebrates spring every year in the most colourful way it can – with a Carnival of Flowers! This 10 day event is a must see here in South East Queensland, the lawns and gardens are meticulously prepared and presented, the weather is beautiful and the atmosphere is always positive and welcoming! You cannot help but be amazed by the magnificent flowers and gardens which are presented across the city, while parades, live entertainment, carnival rides, sideshow alley and so much yummy food and drink round out this fantastic event!
Where is it: All over Brisbane but concentrated in South Bank and the City!
What's it all about: A three-week, annual event showcasing art, music, theatre and more – including the most spectacular fireworks display and the biggest party in the city!
Tell me more: In the space of nearly 10 years Brisbane Festival has grown to be one of the countries premiere arts festivals, with over a million people joining in! There’s definitely a different feel in the city when Brisbane Festival comes around – not just because of seeing the back of [our very mild] winter and the springtime vibes, but it seems that there is an air of excitement and anticipation at this time!
There are too many events to list, but you can take your pick from theatre, differing genres of music, comedy, horror, circus, and all kinds of interactive artwork and installations! And there are shows for all ages and budgets too. There are even a few restaurants who get in on the action. It really is a case of choosing an event being the most difficult aspect of the festival!
The whole festival is tremendously topped off by what has become probably Brisbane’s favourite event – Riverfire, which is a fantastic fireworks display which it would seem, the whole city comes out to enjoy!
What's it all about: A series of FREE awesome kid’s activities on every week!
Tell me more: Although South Bank is an amazingly fun place to visit with kids on any given day, Thursdays are even better! Kids Collective is a fantastic program which sees a weekly and unique event put on just for the kids! Do a bit of dancing, play some rugby or soccer, enjoy some storytime or do some craft – all fantastic activities for the little guys and there’s no need to book in! And it’s always a great environment at South Bank!
Where is it: Ipswich Art Gallery, Darcy Doyle Place, Ipswich
What's it all about: Two brothers go on a wonderful journey through the galaxy in this fantastic puppet and shadow spectacular! It’s on from 22 September through to 7 October 2018.
Tell me more: Engaging from the first minute, ‘Slapdash Galaxy’ from Bunk Puppets tells of a younger brother who exceeds all expectations as two brothers travel across the galaxy! And as wonderful and as entertaining as this show is, it is almost overshadowed by the amazing way that this performance has been created! Shadow puppets created with hands, feet and props, plastic bottle spaceships, space monsters made from balloons and amazing worlds using just the tops of people’s heads are just some of the fantastic props that contribute to this fantastic tale! Best for kids 5 and over, this show will keep the little guys entertained for all 55 minutes before they head straight to the craft table to make their own shadow puppets!
Where is it: Fullertons Road, Glasshouse Mountains, Sunshine Coast, around 60 minutes’ drive north of Brisbane.
Why we love it: A slightly challenging but super rewarding trek up one of the region’s natural wonders!
Tell me more: This is a walk that we’ve been wanting to tackle for some time now! This walk/climb is an easy one to attempt as it is relatively short (about 1.4km each way) and although it did get a little steep in places it wasn’t too hard – our 3 year old made it most of the way up and down! The track is well marked out and very well used (especially on weekends), however it does have a lot of rocks so you will need to watch your footing. Although we didn’t notice it, we have also read that the rocks can get quite slippery in the wet so a bit of extra caution may be required during or after a bit of rain.
The walk takes you through some nice bushland and I imagine that there’s a good chance of spotting some wildlife on the quieter days – we went up on the weekend and it was quite busy so we didn’t actually spot anything apart from a couple of kookaburras! There is a very intriguing cave formation about half way up which is worth checking out if you have the time!
The view from the top is simply amazing! Along with the sense of relief and achievement upon reaching the summit, you are greeted by bare rocks so you get to have uninterrupted 360 deg views! We were a little nervous up top with the kids – it is quiet steep up there – but there was enough room for everyone and the kids did seem to be quite comfortable up there! Sunrises and sunsets must be stunning, but make sure that you take along adequate lighting if you plan to do this – as attractive as the sunset view was from up there I wouldn’t like to be trekking down in the dark with kids, even if I did pack a good torch!
This walk is highly recommended and it’s probably a ‘must-do’ for visitors and locals alike! We can’t wait to get back there again!
Amenities: Just a water tap at the start of the walk – pack some water and snacks! No toilet! 👍
Cost: Completely free – we love our National Parks! 👍👍👍👍👍
Parking: Limited parking available, however note that this is a very popular spot on the weekends! 👍👍
Best for: Active kids who love to explore and love a challenge! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: This is a fantastic walk when the weather is nice – a bit of a challenge, wonderful to get out in the fresh air and great views! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: Weekends are busy so for a more personal experience try going up through the week!
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