Great Barrier Reef - Whitsundays

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area

Said to be the world's largest living structure and the only one visible from outer space, the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. The Great Barrier Reef stretches over 2,000 kilometres and is home to tens of thousands of species of brilliantly coloured fish, coral and other marine life including whales, dolphins and turtles.

If diving is your passion, then this is your paradise. The Great Barrier Reef is a divers Mecca, and the Whitsundays has companies catering for every skill level from student to novice to dive master. If snorkelling is more your style, then the warm shallow waters of the Great Barrier Reef in the Whitsundays provide some of the most colourful fish and coral formations anywhere in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. There are ample opportunities for beginner divers, inexperienced and experienced divers to experience the wonders of the underwater world in the Whitsundays.

The Whitsundays is recognised as having some of the best fishing in Queensland. Charter vessels operating out of Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach and the resort islands offer a variety of trips to the rich waters of the outer Great Barrier Reef.

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Great Barrier Reef
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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

Multiple Locations
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.

Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights

Multiple Locations
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.

Queens Park In Ipswich

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
For a park with the true trademark heritage feel of Ipswich, you can't go past Queens Park. One of the oldest parks in Queensland - a monument there was erected in 1864 - you can sense the history in the rocks beneath your feet and in the grand, established shady trees.

Lobley Park

Churchill, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
If you'd like to give the kids a park experience to remember while you're in Ipswich, the award-winning Lobley Park will make you very popular with the younger members of the family. The park has an aviation theme, earning its nickname of 'the aeroplane park', so budding pilots' or flight attendants' spirits will be in the clouds.

Didgeridoo Festivals

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Free Entry
Didgeridoo Festivals near Ipswich is a didgeridoo community that brings people together through unique activities. It's located at Bellbird Park, Ipswich, just 30 minutes drive from Brisbane. How about learning to make your own eucalyptus didgeridoo from an expert?

The Cottage Restaurant

Ipswich Area
Set inside a charming heritage Queenslander on Limestone Street sits The Cottage Restaurant built in 1861, an Ipswich establishment for delectable cuisine in distinctive surrounds. Once a home, converted bedrooms now serve as thoughtfully appointed dining spaces giving a touch of seclusion warmed by fireplaces with extra room available out on a verandah, enjoyed most at dusk.

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.

Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway

Multiple Locations
The romance of the era when steam was king awaits you in Ipswich courtesy of the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway. Hop on board an immaculate vintage wooden carriage or vintage Dining Cars and discover the rich mining history of the Ipswich area as you go past ruins of old mines and equipment from days gone by.

Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve Trails

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve is within walking distance of Ipswich Central. Walking tracks lead to the water tower and provide 360 degree views of Ipswich City and of a clear day, all the way to Brisbane.
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