Favorite thing: As you wander around, you may come across some very unusual Tropical fruit trees.
There used to be a lot at the Big Pineapple on display, but that is closed now, but I did find the unusual 'SAUSAGE FRUIT TREE' the day I visited Ipswich.
These Trees are South African. The leaves are an important livestock fodder and the fruits are much prized by monkeys and elephants, something we don't have in Australia!
They have hundreds of huge sausage-like fruits that hang down from the limbs on long, rope-like stalks.
The fruits may be over 2 feet long.
The hard, grey fruit of the sausage tree has a thin skin covering a firm, fibrous fruit pulp containing numerous small seeds.
The fruit, although inedible itself, is a common ingredient in traditional beer, and is said to hasten the fermentation process.
The fruit is also used as a cosmetic cream, to ensure a blemish free complexion.
Perhaps I should have picked a few to try and see if it worked!
The one I saw, was at the University grounds in Ipswich. If you visit, there are lovely heritage buildings here as well as nice views over to the Mountains (Flinder"s Peak).
Fondest memory: The entrance is next to the Ipswich showgrounds, off Warwick Road, Ipswich.
Favorite thing: As I have mentioned, the Visitor Information centre has and excellent range of free heritage trail brochures to take with you when exploring Ipswich.
If by chance you can't make it to the Visitor centre, not all is lost, as the heritage buildings have a bronze plaques, put there by the Ipswich City Council. Each plaque has the name of the site and some information about it, so as you walk Ipswich, keep an eye out for these so you know which are the important heritage listed buildings.
- Hiking and Walking