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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For the tastes and sounds of New Orleans in the heart of Ipswich, Nu Orleans Bar Restaurant has got the authentic Bourbon Street ambience down pat. The popular meeting place offers live music from the Jeff Usher Quartet playing jazz and blues every Friday and Saturday night in the upstairs mezzanine, while the street level bar has videos of music greats.

Ipswich Country Club

Leichhardt, Ipswich Area
As part of Ipswich City Golf, just a 10 minute drive from the Ipswich Central Business District, the Ipswich Country Club - with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the picturesque parkland–style golf course – is a great dining and entertainment venue.

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.

Harvest Restaurant and Bar

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
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Right in the centre of Ipswich is Harvest Restaurant and Bar, the signature restaurant of the Metro Hotel Ipswich International. Guests and the public alike flock there for the modern Australian cuisine, courtesy of international Chef, Guy Farrow.
Wine lovers in the Ipswich area should put Ironbark Ridge Vineyard on their 'must do' list. Situated in rural Purga, just 15 minutes' drive from Ipswich and 45 minutes from Brisbane, Ironbark Ridge Vineyard is an attractive property perched on top a ridge with sweeping 360-degree views out to Pine Mountain, the RAAF Airbase, and Mt.
Ipswich locals and visitors alike know that the go-to place for authentic woodfired pizzas and top quality pastas is Tomato Brothers in the Ipswich Central Business District. The restaurant is run by a couple and their daughter so it’s definitely a family affair, meaning they’re very family-friendly – as evidenced by their special Kids’ options such as the ever-reliable Ham and Pineapple pizza.

Brothers Leagues Club

Raceview, Ipswich Area
If you're looking for a great day or night out with dining, gaming and live entertainment, Brothers Leagues Club in Ipswich has got the whole package. Located in the suburb of Raceview, just a few minutes' drive from the Ipswich Central Business District, Brothers is buzzing with customers who come for its wide variety of options to suit every type of dining occasion.

Dusty's Bar and Barbecue

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
If you like the works when it comes to food and drink American-style, Dusty's Bar and Barbecue in Ipswich is the authentic and delicious way to go. Friendly owner and host, Dusty, dons a cowboy hat on weekends to greet customers when things really get bustling in this popular meeting place especially on Friday and Saturday nights with live music in the front bar.
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Located within Ipswich Country Motel, Mediumrare Chargrill and Bar restaurant is established for serving quality steak and modern Australian cuisine; serving in-house guests and welcoming the general public.
One of the first hip cafes to open in Ipswich’s heritage Top of Town precinct, Fourthchild has long established itself as a firm favourite with both locals and visitors. Colourful funky artworks adorn the historic brick walls and bi-fold windows open onto the street for good people-watching, while the all-day menu hits the spot for breakfast, lunch, morning or afternoon tea and dinner.
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