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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Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights

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Floating Images is Brisbane's closest hot air ballooning company. Simply drive 30 minutes west of the Brisbane Central Business District to experience a one hour city and country balloon flight. Passengers enjoy glorious views whilst floating majestically over the heritage city of Ipswich, the Scenic Rim and Somerset countryside's.

Pumpyard Bar and Brewery

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
Beer and gourmet food lovers travel from near and far to Pumpyard Bar and Brewery in the eclectic Top of Town area of the Ipswich Central Business District. Situated in the historic former Technical College, which opened in 1901, Pumpyard has won an enviable reputation as the place to go for top quality, locally brewed beer and plenty of atmosphere.

Pterodactyl Helicopters

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Spice up your visit to Ipswich with a thrilling tour of a lifetime courtesy of an unforgettable Pterodactyl Helicopters experience. Just imagine the excitement as you lift off, with friendly Captain Mike Jarvis taking you over the Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Logan and Redlands regions.

Casa Mia Cafe Restaurant

Newtown, Ipswich Area
For authentic Italian cuisine close to the heart of Ipswich, Casa Mia Licensed Café, Restaurant and Function Centre will more than satisfy. Owner and chef, Mario, trained in Italy so knows how to delight customers with food prepared just like in the old country.

White Rock - Spring Mountain Conservation Estate

Redbank Plains, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
Located just 20 minutes from the Ipswich Central Business District and 35 minutes' from Brisbane Central Business District, White Rock - Spring Mountain Conservation Estate features the distinctive, sculptured, rocky outcrops of White Rock and Spring Mountain.

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.

Ipswich Motorsport Precinct

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
Motor racing enthusiasts should check out the renowned Ipswich Motorsport Precinct, including the signature facilities of Queensland Raceway (circuit track) and Willowbank Raceway (drag racing). If the smell of gasoline gets your motor running, just get out on the Cunningham Highway and head to Willowbank, 15 minutes from Ipswich.

Haig Street Quarry Bushland Reserve Trails

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Located an easy five minutes drive from Ipswich Central, the Haig Street Quarry Bushland Reserve offers a family friendly setting with spectacular views of the Scenic Rim. Bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful wildflower display in spring, moderate level walking tracks along with Willy Wagtail and Bearded Dragon circuits, and the water birds around the pond.

Harvest Restaurant and Bar

Ipswich Area
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.

RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre

Amberley, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
Anyone interested in aviation or military history will be in high spirits at the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre near Ipswich. Housed in hangars at the RAAF base at Amberley, Australia’s largest operating airbase, the centre has plenty of displays that showcase the history of the RAAF and its crucial role to the country and local community.
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