Ipswich

With gracious heritage buildings lining the streets, and set amongst 500 hectares of parkland, Ipswich is proudly Queensland’s oldest provincial city. And it’s only a hop-skip-and-a-jump from Brisbane.

Great from every angle

•    Start your day on a high with a peaceful hot air balloon flight over the Scenic Rim and Somerset regions.
•    Jump behind the wheel of a powerful V8 Supercar or visit the Rail Museum showcasing locomotive steam trains from the early 1800’s.

Hidden foodie secrets

•    For a no-fuss meal, head to one of the many parks and stretch out on a picnic blanket.
•    There’s no need to cook at the ‘Top of Town’ – two blocks of character-filled cafes, coffee nooks, eclectic boutiques, hotels and tapas bars guaranteed to suit everyone’s taste buds.
•    Work off the calories by hiking the many circuits, trails and boardwalks or opt to explore on mountain bike or horseback.

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The Workshops Rail Museum

North Ipswich, Ipswich Area
From AU$11.50 - 14.50
The acclaimed, award-winning Museum should be on every Ipswich visitor's to-do list. Steeped in history - it was once the workplace of over 3,000 railway workers and visitors enter via the historic Timekeepers' Building - it merges the romance of yesteryear with the exciting technological breakthroughs of the present.
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Harvest Restaurant and Bar is located in Metro Hotel Ipswich International at 43 South Street, Ipswich. Harvest Restaurant and Bar serves dishes using the local produce of the Greater Ipswich Region, from the Lockyer Valley to the Scenic Rim and Somerset.
Located 20 minutes drive from the Ipswich City, the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate covers over 2,200 hectares. The conservation estate supports extensive forests and rugged volcanic peaks and slopes including Flinders Peak, Mt Blaine, Mt Catherine and Mt Goolman.

Orion Lagoon

Springfield, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
To cool off during a long hot Ipswich summer, you can't go past Orion Lagoon at Springfield, just a 30-minute drive from Brisbane Central Business District. Situated within Orion Springfield Central and the newest stage of the huge Robelle Domain parklands, Orion Lagoon has a vast expanse of shallow pools and water features.

Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
It's not often you get an unspoiled natural wonderland in the heart of a city but Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve in Ipswich Central is an idyllic environmental gem. Once you descend the walking tracks amid huge native trees, you completely forget that you're just a few minutes away from the city's main streets.

Nerima Gardens

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
Tucked away in Ipswich's gracious and historical Queens Park is Nerima Gardens - Japanese gardens designed in consultation with Ipswich's Japanese sister city, Nerima. This idyllic retreat is a wonderful way to wind down your visit to Queens Park or take a break between enjoying its other numerous attractions.

Ipswich City Golf

Leichhardt, Ipswich Area
Golfers can tee off at Ipswich City Golf, Queensland’s second oldest golf course, located an easy 10-minute drive from the Ipswich Central Business District. Designed by Wayne Grady, the 18-hole championship course has twice hosted the prestigious Queensland Open Golf Championship.
Boasting the largest area of endangered Swamp Tea Tree Forest in Ipswich, the Purga Nature Reserve is a haven for birds and wildlife, including koalas. Easy tracks allow the most inexperienced walkers the chance to enjoy this beautiful natural setting and visit the well-loved frog pond.
Free Entry
Inspirations Ipswich Gallery is right in the heart of the Ipswich Central Business District in the Ipswich City Mall. Located at the top of the escalators (near Harvey Norman), Inspirations Ipswich is a gallery and retail outlet for local artists.

Ipswich Trike Tours

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
From AU$100 - 100
You don't have to be born to be wild to enjoy an exhilarating motorbike experience in and around Ipswich courtesy of Ipswich Trike Tours. Soak up the thrill of being a passenger on a three-wheeler Oz Trike motorbike as an expert takes charge.
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