HOTSPOTS: Cr Nicole Jonic at EWE Nique Hobby Farm.
THE secret is out – Ipswich is home to some of the best experiences Queensland has to offer with a record number of Ipswich tourism businesses being awarded Tourism and Events Queensland, Best of Queensland Experiences.
Economic and Industry Development Committee Chairperson Councillor Nicole Jonic said the city’s reputation as a tourist destination continued to grow as 41 Ipswich Tourism Operators are now listed as Best of Queensland Experiences.
“It’s great to see some new businesses included in the list this year like Ewe Nique Hobby Farm,
Hardcore Blasters, The Llama Farm and Moselles Café + Restaurant,” Cr Jonic said.
“This is a phenomenal result and proves that Ipswich is growing as a tourism destination. We’re starting to see some overnight and day tripper recovery since COVID-19 lockdowns, and we continue to see investment in the tourism sector.
“Council recognises how important tourism is to our wider economy and continues to support our local tourism operators with online training and intensive mentoring.”
The list of operators is diverse and ever growing, from just seven back in 2018 to 33 in 2021 and now 41 in 2022.
Ewe Nique Hobby Farm this year achieved Best of Queensland for the first time, saying the result had given them confidence within their business.
Ewe Nique Hobby Farm co-owner Penny Allen said they felt honoured to achieve the result.
“We have visitors coming from overseas, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Brisbane, and Toowoomba and of course the local area.
We strive to give families a unique, affordable experience and the reviews show we are hitting the mark,” Ms Allen said.
The Llama Farm was also awarded recognition for the first time.
They provided a consistent customer experience combined with a strong social media and web presence.