WaterFest 2024 will bring into focus the many ways you can be involved in sustainable water-based recreation and ways to improve the health of our waterways.

Be inspired to get outdoors and appreciate Ipswich’s Bremer River and our stretch of the Brisbane River, the many creeks within our catchment, and Ipswich environmental initiatives making a difference.


Many events will be free but require registration.

A WaterFest catchment map details key locations and event information.

Download a copy of the WaterFest Program (PDF, 657.4 KB)

A limited number of maps will be available from the Queens Park Environmental Education Centre.


Join in family-friendly activities and learn about waterway health. This event will also include the announcement of winners of the Catch & Snap Fishing Competition.

When: Saturday 20 April 2024

Where: Queens Park Environmental Education Centre

Cost: Free

Find more event information at Ipswichcitycouncil.eventbrite.com


  • Hear from local landholders and project coordinators who have been achieving great things in improving our waterways
  • Join council and 2 Bent Rods to announce the winners of the Ipswich Fishing Competition
  • Interactive Displays
  • Volunteering opportunities and educational displays
  • Local environmental, fishing and sustainable nature based groups
  • Citizen Science – Waterbugs investigation
  • Native plant sale
  • Native and pest fish displays

Additional Highlights:

  • Interactive stalls and information
  • Children's entertainment and activities


Plant a tree to honour and celebrate Mum and the special women in your life, with council’s Habitat Connections program. Pack a picnic rug and enjoy activities on the day while helping revegetate an Ipswich waterway and improve habitat for native species.

When: Sunday 12 May 2024

Where: Tite Family Park, Bundamba Creek

Cost: Free, registrations required

Find more information at Ipswichcitycouncil.eventbrite.com


Hosted by Ipswich City Council and 2 Bent Rods, join in this fun fishing competition.

A total prize pool worth up to $2400 is up for grabs, including a kayak!

When: Thursday 28 March – Sunday 14 April 2024

Where: Across waterways within Ipswich local government area (some exclusions apply)

Cost: Free

Registrations via 2 Bent Rods Humanitix

Winners will be announced on Saturday 20 April 2024 at a free event at Queens Park Environmental Education Centre.


During the school holidays join in a fishing activity with council’s Active and Healthy program.

When: 2 April and 7 April 2024

Where: Joseph Brady Park

More information: Sign up to the Active and Healthy program and register for this activity at Ipswich.qld.gov.au/activehealthy


During the school holidays join in a nature play activity at Small Creek, a naturalised creek channel.

When: 11 April 2024

Where: Small Creek, Poplar Street Park, Raceview

Cost: Free, registrations required

Book into a session at Ipswichcitycouncil.eventbrite.com


Bring the little ones to Queens Park Environment Education Centre for a drop-in play time activity. Puggles Play Time is a regular activity and during WaterFest will have a special waterway theme. Designed for children aged 5 and under.

When: Fridays, drop in 9.30am – 11.30am

Where: Queens Park Environmental Education Centre

Cost: Free (no registration required)

Past events


Litter often ends up in our waterways, blown by the wind or washed down by stormwater. Why not get together and register a clean up site along a local creek or waterway in your neighbourhood? Every little bit helps when we are caring for our waterways.

When: Sunday 3 March 2024

Where: Register a clean up site, or join in a community clean up site

Cost: Free, registrations required

More information: Cleanup.org.au/cleanupaustraliaday