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 Antique Centre

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
If you're looking for antiques and other collectibles and memorabilia, you can't go past Ipswich Antique Centre in the Ipswich Central Business District. Occupying the Heritage-listed Uniting Church Central Memorial Hall, built in 1895 and designed by renowned architect, George Brockwell Gill, the atmospheric retail centre is a treasure trove for antique lovers.

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.

Lagoon Cafe

Springfield Lakes, Ipswich Area
Lagoon Café offers casual and friendly dining overlooking the breathtaking Orion Lagoon at Springfield Central near Ipswich. The café is a beautiful place for breakfast, lunch or a post-swim stop after you've worked up a huge appetite in the water - you will feel cooler simply by tucking into an amazing meal while observing the water action.
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