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Ipswich Water Fest

The Ipswich Water Fest takes place from Saturday, 22 September to Sunday, 14 October 2018. The warmer spring months are the perfect time of year to enjoy the wonderful waterways of Ipswich. Both the Bremer and Brisbane rivers wind their way through the region, offering beautiful recreation spots, wonderful views and verdant habitat for native wildlife.

Water Fest Events

The Ipswich Water Fest hosts a range of activities designed to get you and your family out there enjoying our waters, including fishing competitions, Learn to Fish Sessions, Come and Try Canoeing Sessions and The River Heart Scavenger Hunt. If you are looking for some sunny fun-filled activities in the waterways of Ipswich, look no further than the events below.


Catch, Snap and Release Competition

Be in the running to win a share of the $350 prize pool by entering the Catch, Snap and Release Competition held over the Water Fest period. The competition is catch-photo-release, so all fish caught are returned to our waterways.

Find out about categories, prizes and how to enter via the button below.


River Heart Scavenger Hunt

Grab the whole family and go exploring at the River Heart Scavenger Hunt to unlock your children’s imagination and spend some fun filled time outdoors.Complete the hunt on foot or by bike.

Date: Saturday, 22 September –  Sunday,14 October
Location: River Heart Parklands, Ipswich

Download Scavenger Hunt List (PDF, 1.5 MB)


Learn to Fish Session

Come along to a Learn to Fish session and get all of the tips from the experts on how to fish safely and identify native fish species.

Date: Tuesday, 25 September
Time: Session 1: 12.00 pm – 1.30 pm / Session 2: 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm
Location: Joseph Brady Park, Barellan Point


Come and Try Canoeing Session 1

Explore the Brisbane River by canoe at Colleges Crossing. Take in the view from the water as you paddle with guidance from a professional instructor. Sessions are free and all equipment will be provided. Each session lasts 45 minutes with 30 minutes paddling time.

Date: Sunday, 30 September
Time: 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Location: Colleges Crossing Recreational Reserve, Chuwar


Springfield Lakes Pest Fishing Classic

Come along to a Learn to Fish session and get all of the tips from the experts on how to fish safely and identify native fish species.

Date: Sunday, 13 October
Time: 9 am - 1.00 pm
Location: Springfield Lake, Springfield Lakes


Come and Try Canoeing Session 2

Enjoy some water fun - hire a canoe and paddle along the water's edge at Colleges Crossing Reserve. If you have never tried canoeing before, this is your chance to see how you fare on the water.  You will receive 30 minutes paddling time and be able to paddle the river surrounding the reserve. Canoes, equipment, safety devices and instructions will be provided before you paddle.  While you are at the park, throw in a line, enjoy some food and the kids can check out the playground. Ticket holders also receive a free ice-cream from Colleges by the River Cafe located at Colleges Crossing - please present your ticket at the cafe to redeem.*

Date: Sunday, 14 October
Time: 9.00 am – 11.00 am
Location: Colleges Crossing Recreational Reserve, Chuwar
Cost: $10 per canoe seating 1-2 people (*includes free ice-cream)


Please note: The Department of Defence commenced a detailed environmental investigation into the presence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on and in the vicinity of RAAF Base Amberley. As a result, on 15 June 2018, as a precautionary measure, the Queensland Department of Health recommended that people should not consume fish caught in the Defence Investigation Area until further testing takes place. This advice applies to fish caught in the Bremer River and Warrill Creek near RAAF Base Amberley.

Ipswich Water Fest 2018 is made possible by the generosity of our sponsor and partner: