The Workshops Rail Museum

North Ipswich, Ipswich Area

The Workshops Rail Museum is an AUD20 million wholly interactive authentic heritage and cultural experience located at Australia's oldest operating railway workshop.

Hands-on exhibits and multi-media encounters bring rail to life with modern displays, train simulators, real trains to climb aboard, the Nippers Railway kid zone and the largest model railway of Queensland. The Workshops Rail Museum also plays host to a range of exhibitions and exciting school holiday events throughout the year, including the annual "Day out with Thomas" event.

Take a tour into Queensland Rail's active heritage workshops to see the gems of the State's heritage Steam Train fleet being restored and maintained. See sparks fly and feel the heat of the furnaces as you enter the largest industrial site in Australia open for public access. Enclosed footwear required.

The Workshops Rail Museum is part of the Queensland Museum and winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage and Cultural Tourism.

Entry Costs

Entry Cost AUD Valid From Inclusions
Adult $21.00 1 May 2015 – 30 June 2016 Group rate of 15 or more must be pre booked.
Child $12.00 1 May 2015 – 30 June 2016
Concession $18.00 1 May 2015 – 30 June 2016 On presentation of concession card.
Family $63.00 1 May 2015 – 30 June 2016 Two adults and up to four children

Open Times

Note: Open 0930 to 1600 seven days a week including most public holidays. Closed only on Good Friday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day.


  • Car park
  • Conference/Convention Facilities

Other Information


The Workshops Rail Museum is a disabled friendly venue with disabled toilets, flat surfaces and ramps for all displays and exhibitions.


The Workshops Rail Museum is a child friendly venue with a number of displays and activities designed especially for children, including the popular Nippers Railway.
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North Ipswich, Ipswich Area

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Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
As the birthplace of rail in Queensland, Ipswich has a proud and rich history that dates back to the days of the convicts and colonialism of the 1820s. Attracting visitors to its vast green spaces, heritage buildings and growing cosmopolitan dining options, Ipswich's urban charm holds an ever-present appeal. Brisbane Street, in the heart of the city, has one of the longest stretches of heritage facade in Australia and is home to the Old Flour Mill building, built in 1902 and now a quaint cafe that also offers antiques and collectables. Retrace the journey of the first Cobb and Co Stagecoach or take control of train simulators and relive the romance of rail. Take to the skies with a scenic helicopter flight or wander the expansive Queen Park in the city centre. Whether you're looking for family friendly fun, outdoor adventure, adrenaline action, pure indulgence or a glimpse back to bygone days, Ipswich is well worth a day trip or weekend getaway.


Marburg, Ipswich Area
The historic village of Marburg, west of Ipswich, takes visitors back in time to an era when the town was the bustling hub of the local area. The streets are lined with beautifully restored heritage buildings including the old German Baptist Church, Bielefeld's Store and the historic hotel built in 1879. In 2008, Marburg won the title of Friendliest Town in Queensland. Just outside of town you will find the restored two-storey plantation style mansion named Woodlands of Marburg. This grand old lady of the valley is heritage-listed and was built in 1890 as the home of a local sawmill owner, his wife and their 11 children. The mansion overlooks picturesque Marburg Valley and is surrounded by magnificent Jacaranda Trees and Bunya Pines Visitors to Marburg can enjoy exploring on foot. Look for the iconic Marburg Hotel (circa 1879); the Community Centre, formerly the town's bank; Rosewood Scrub Historical Museum with lots of early photos of the area; old Bielefeld's Store, now an antique centre; the old Police Station, courthouse and lock-up; and the Anglican cemetery, the resting place of many of the area's pioneers.. From Woodlands you can take a hot-air balloon ride over the Scenic Rim and the heritage city of Ipswich. The Great Dividing Range provides the backdrop for your breath-taking glide over the scenic countryside. There are several boutique wineries in the area that are well worth the look. You can take a tour, enjoy a delicious meal and sample a drop of award-winning wine at the cellar door. The pretty villages of Haigslea and Rosewood nearby are also of historical interest and great places to linger a while and explore. Marburg is just 45 minutes' drive from Brisbane and Toowoomba and 15 minutes from Ipswich.


Willowbank, Ipswich Area
Just 15 minutes drive south of Ipswich, Willowbank is known by petrol-heads around the world for its world-class drag racing and motor sport complex. The huge outdoor centre offers a program of drag racing entertainment for the whole family. Also featured are pro stock motorcycle racing, street car racing and nitro-burning funny cars. Everything you need to get your motor running! Willowbank Raceway owns the distinction of hosting the largest championship drag race held outside of the United States, along with televised national and state events. The multi-purpose Complex also hosts the Ipswich Kart Club and an Advanced Driver Education Centre. At the Education Centre visitors can learn the finer points of defensive driving, vehicle control in dangerous conditions, and how to properly maintain your vehicle. If your sense of adventure extends beyond fast cars, then Willowbank is also the place you can step on board a plane and experience the thrill of a tandem skydive! Just 15 minutes north of Willowbank is the thriving city of Ipswich where you will find more attractions including a rail museum and model train workshop. There is limited accommodation in Willowbank but it does offer a caravan park and a motel. Nearby Ipswich has a host of accommodation options from caravan parks and bed and breakfasts through to luxurious hotels, and apartments.
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