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Ipswich

Ipswich as a tourist destination has much to offer visitors who want to savour a rich heritage and cultural activities, have some adrenalin-charged adventure, bask in the great outdoors or attend some of Queensland’s biggest events. It’s all here in the thriving provincial city just 40 minutes’ drive from Brisbane City.

Renowned for its beautiful sprawling homes and public buildings with historical significance, Ipswich has some wonderful heritage trail tours so you can explore the city and beyond. The region is also rich with picturesque natural areas where you can walk, hike or bike, with tracks suitable for any skill level. And make sure you pop in to the award-winning Ipswich Art Gallery and The Workshops Rail Museum.

If you’re up for a physical challenge or fast thrills, Ipswich has all sorts of experiences on offer, whether it’s to get behind the wheel of a race-prepared V8, as a passenger in a purpose-built rail dragster, or hitting the clouds with a hot air balloon or helicopter flight. Then there are the major annual sell-out events such as CMC Rocks Queensland, Winternationals and V8 Supercars motorsport events, and Ipswich Cup horse race. You’re certainly spoilt for choice!

45 Roderick Street
, Ipswich Area
Queensland
Australia

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Forty Mile Scrub National Park

Mount Garnet, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
This park features ancient and recent volcanic flows, open grassy woodland, the headwaters of several creeks, and an island of dry rainforest remnant in a sea of eucalypt woodland. Large bottle trees, along with fig, Burdekin plum and white cedar trees drop their leaves in the dry season but spring to life with summer rain.

Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park

Chillagoe, Mareeba Area
From AU$26.30 - 26.30
Featuring spectacular limestone caves, small galleries of Aboriginal rock art, jagged limestone outcrops and an historically significant mining site, this park is rich in natural and cultural heritage.

Undara Volcanic National Park

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area
Free Entry
In the vast open spaces of the savanna, a sea of seasonal grasses conceals the Undara lava tube, one of the Earth's longest flows of lava originating from a single volcano. Ribbons of green remnant rainforest contrast with the surrounding dry savanna landscape, marking the course of sections of the lava tube.

Undara Experience

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area
From AU$58 - 60
Only three and a half hours from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland's Gulf Savannah lies a land so different in contrasts - the Undara Experience. Undara is a pristine wilderness possessing one of the oldest and best preserved lava tube systems anywhere on Earth.

Chillagoe

Chillagoe, Mareeba Area
Head into the accessible outback west of Cairns and discover the underground wonders of the former mining town of Chillagoe. Just 140 kilometres west of Mareeba along the Wheelbarrow Way, Chillagoe was once an ancient coral reef which has been transformed into spectacular limestone bluffs with a network of some 560 caves, while early volcanic activity has created rich marble and mineral deposits.
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