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TREAD LIGHTLY! Ipswich City Council is committed to environmental sustainability and preserving our green space for the enjoyment of future generations. While visiting our fair city we encourage you to respect the environment by sticking to designated paths in natural areas, keeping your distance from wildlife and placing your litter in the bins provided. Once you are finished with this guide please dispose of it responsibly. Why not pass it on to a friend or family member that may also enjoy visiting Ipswich. IPSWICH FLAVOURS Ipswich’s own award-winning Gin Distillery..... 5 Ipswich's best in food.................................... 6 Where to grab Dinner and a drink…............. 7 Gram-worthy cocktails................................... 8 Ipswich's best places for a picnic.................. 9 IPSWICH HERITAGE How to spend a weekend in Ipswich Central........................................ 10 Heritage pubs.............................................. 12 Mel Buttle shares her favourite spots.......... 13 Blast from the past...................................... 14 IPSWICH ADVENTURE Treat the kids to an active day out............... 16 Gentle experiences for kids......................... 17 The ulti-mutt day out................................... 20 Top 7 insta-worthy photo spots in Ipswich... 21 Take a walk on the wild side........................ 22 10 Ipswich bucket list experiences.............. 24 IPSWICH COUNTRY Discover country charm on the road to Marburg........................................... 30 Where to see the jacaranda blooms........... 32 IPSWICH CULTURE The best places to find unique gifts. ........... 34 Markets....................................................... 34 Discovering boho Ipswich. .......................... 35 Springfield weekender................................. 36 A change of art in the city........................... 38 Ipswich's best live entertainment hotspots.... 39 Accomodation in Ipswich............................. 40 Other places to stay..................................... 41 Calendar of events 2023............................. 42 Alternative healing therapies....................... 44 Directory........................................................... 45 Ipswich Central map......................................... 49 Ipswich Region map......................................... 50
I would like to invite you to spend time exploring our historic city with its heritage buildings and unique shopping experiences or head out on one of our many trails in our majestic mountains.
We are a diverse and inclusive community working to ensure people of all abilities can navigate our city in 2023, which is the year of accessibility. As a rapidly growing city we are a wonderful blend of old and new and we continue to look for innovative ways to grow sustainably. There is much to see and do while you are in Ipswich including world-class events like Australia’s largest country music festival CMC Rocks QLD, drag racing championship the Winternationals or our 11-day arts and culture festival SPARK Ipswich. Thank you for visiting our tourist destinations, local businesses and spending time with us here in Ipswich. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Mayor Teresa Harding
This year we’ve asked the locals to tell us what they love about the city. Look out for local tips throughout the pages of this visitor guide to give you insights into some of the well-loved experiences in Ipswich. LOCAL TIPS
ACCESSIBLE IPSWICH There are a range of accessible options in Ipswich, from restaurants, parks and experiences. Look out for these green boxes throughout the magazine and in the directory to help you plan your accessible trip.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY Ipswich City Council respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners as custodians of the land and waters we and the visitors to Ipswich share. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, as the keepers of the traditions, customs, cultures and stories of proud peoples. Ipswich, which is known traditionally in the Yagara language as Tulmur, has been home to Aboriginal people since before the beginnings of recorded European settlement. The Traditional Owners of the Ipswich region are the Clans that identify as being a part of the Yagara/Yugara Language Group (the Jagera, Yuggera and Ugarapul People).
BEST OF QUEENSLAND RIGHT HERE IN IPSWICH
We are recognising Ipswich’s best experiences according to their Best of Queensland status. These experiences are identified as the best- performing experiences according to customer reviews and a range of other best-practice criteria, including social media activity and recommendations. Look out for which experiences and restaurants have achieved the stamp of recognition in the 2022 round. The 2023 results are expected to be released mid-year. For more information on the program visit Queensland.com/au/en/info/best-of-queensland- experiences-program
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Ipswich’s own award-winning Gin Distillery Imbibis Craft Distillery, is a small business success story worth celebrating with a tasting room and cellar door, and a range of spirits to sample.
Ipswich has its own award-winning boutique craft gin distillery with a tasting room, cellar door and a range of spirits worth sampling. Founded by award-winning winemaker Jason Hannay and his wife, Maree, Imbibis Craft Distillery prides itself on using Australian ingredients in its small, bespoke gin batches, including bottlebrush, lemon myrtle, native pepperberry and anise myrtle, with many ingredients grown in the Hannay’s very own backyard. When it comes to creating distinctive gins and brandy, Imbibis is leading the way. Chief distiller Jason consulted local Imbibis fans to help create Heritage Gin – a nod to the people, places, history and flavours of Ipswich. It sold out in record time, as did Imbibis’ colour-changing Jacaranda Gin – another local favourite. While it all started with gin, Jason has also created several award-winning brandies, and recently launched Limecello, made with local limes and a limited edition rum. They’re open most Fridays (and other days by appointment) for you to enjoy a gin
and tonic while relaxing on the big leather chesterfield couches. Pre-order platters to enjoy while you toast to the week that was and sample the full range of Imbibis delights. The distillery hosts several special events throughout the year, from gin and chocolate tastings through to live music events, paint and sip nights and private functions. Imbibis Craft Distillery has been recognised on both the Australian and world stage. Clarity: Silver Australian Distilled Spirits Awards 2022, Bronze London Spirits Competition 2022 Single Cask Release Brandy (Batch 4): Silver London Spirits Competition 2022 Three Myrtles: Silver London Spirits Competition 2021 Passion: Hottest 100 Gins of 2021 Shiraz Brandy: Silver London Spirits Competition 2021, Bronze Australian Distilled Spirits Awards 2021, Silver Australian Distilled Spirits Awards 2020. Nestled in the Citiswich precinct of Bundamba is Ipswich's internationally award-winning craft distillery. Stay awhile and enjoy artisan spirits inspired by local botanicals. Imbibis is the perfect venue for a get together with friends or family whilst enjoying the flavours of the region. Open on Fridays (and other times by appointment) for tours and tastings with the Chief Distiller, it is one of Ipswich’s must-do attractions. Be sure to pick up a bottle or two as a memento of your visit to Ipswich. Location-Dot Unit 5, 1 Gliderway Street Bundamba QLD 4304
Make it at home
Fill a highball glass with ice, add 30ml of Imbibis gin, 15ml of Imbibis Limecello, 15ml of Watercress Creek lime juice and top with Long Rays dark soda. Garnish with mint leaves and a lime slice.
By Alli Grant Writer, Marketer and Speaker @incahootsco
Imbibis Craft Distillery
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Gluten free treats My favourite coffee shop is Rafter and Rose. I love the ambience both inside
Bakehouse Steakhouse – Set inside a former bakery, this award-winning restaurant offers exceptional steaks, delicious sides and endless fries. Brookwater Barista – Tasty options including a keto-friendly omelette, Cuban sandwich, and lamb and goats cheese croquettes are why this restaurant is a winner. Brothers Leagues Club – Find a menu with produce sourced from Queensland including a wagyu rump and tiger prawn salad with mango, macadamias and grilled sourdough. Chai House Cafe – All day breakfast, dishes with Nepalese leanings and a lovely wine menu set Chai House apart. Try the Nepalese Wok Noodles, house-made chicken momos or breaky brunch on board! Club Services Ipswich (CSI) – Expect award-winning service and a menu full of pub favourites with modern options including a Buddha bowl salad, BBQ bourbon rack of ribs and pumpkin and sweet potato frittata. Fourthchild Cafe and Restaurant – Inside a heritage building, Fourthchild delights with a menu full of local produce. Try the eggs Benedict, Moreton Bay bug linguini or Ruben sandwich. Homage Restaurant – This two chef-hatted restaurant pays respect to the land and If you’re looking for a top place to eat out, try Ipswich’s 2022 Best of Queensland restaurants... Ipswich's best in food
and outside. The prolific plants set the scene for a beautiful cool environment. This cafe is one of the few where I can get a decadent gluten and dairy free muffin or slice and sometimes even a piece of cake. I simply do not get to enjoy it often enough! Lucie B
Beautifully presented, ambient lighting, music and modern decor throughout. Three dining options, consistently providing the best experiences. Shamrocks – traditional and affordable club favourites with exceptional dishes made from the finest seasonal ingredients. Finns Café – gourmet share-plates, light meals and treats. Sports Bar – boasts its own menu and numerous large screen televisions for catching all the live sporting action. The kids get looked after too, with lots of complimentary offerings. Redefining club dining in Ipswich! Location-Dot Wildey Street, Raceview QLD 4305 phone (07) 3817 2999 ARROW-POINTER Brothersipswich.com.au celebrates paddock to plate by growing vegetables, herbs and fruits onsite and sourcing local meat. Indian Tadka – Produces delightful modern fusion dishes. Find crunchy eggplant chaat, creamy charcoal kulfi and favourites like korma and madras. Moselles Cafe + Restaurant – Enjoy a meal with a view over the lake and elevated simple dishes. A standout is the smashed avo with haloumi and poached eggs. The Prince Alfred Hotel – Has the largest craft beer bar in the Southern Hemisphere and serves up fresh red claw, tomahawk steaks and local gourmet ice cream. Pumpyard Bar and Brewery – Taste beers brewed onsite and dishes to match from a chef who hails from New York. Try the loaded fries, chicken ‘n’ waffles and beer mussels.
Chai House Cafe
Racehorse Hotel – Inspired by local produce, the menu features dishes with fresh seafood, succulent steaks, pastas and pub classics. UB’s Milk Bar – Serves house-made ice cream, milkshakes, burgers and fries with a retro theme. Try traditional and contemporary flavours.
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If you’re out and about attending events in Ipswich Central or just looking for somewhere to dine with friends and family, here’s a handy list of the best places open at night. Dinner and a drink… Where to grab
ACCESSIBILITY TIP The Cottage Restaurant might be set inside a charming Queenslander on Limestone Street, but they have added a wheelchair lift and ramp. In the kitchen chef Mark Naoum whips up seasonal and local cuisine for morning tea, lunch or high teas and fine dining with candle lit tables at night. Look out for their degustation menus that come with paired wines.
Brothers Leagues Club, the leading community focused sport and entertainment venue in Ipswich. Live entertainment is what it's all about offering members and guests some of the most talented artists with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and regular tribute shows. Looking for dinner and a show, the Function Room caters for that too. That's not all, awesome raffles several times a week, and if trivia is more your vibe, Sundays and Tuesdays are your days to shine! Open until 2.00 am, seven days a week. The perfect place to kick back and relax. Location-Dot Wildey Street, Raceview QLD 4305 phone (07) 3817 2999 ARROW-POINTER Brothersipswich.com.au milkshakes and gourmet desserts. The brie and caramelised onion burger has a wheel of deep fried brie and a wagyu beef patty – a must try! 5 – At Club Services Ipswich you can order a selection of great dishes for dinner from the Longhorn Bar and Grill. They also have a selection of beers and cider on tap. 6 – Ruby Chews Burgers and Shakes offers a modern twist on a classic American burger bar with fries, burgers, hotdogs and shakes! 7 – At Essence of Indya enjoy tapas and small plates as well as traditional and fusion Indian. They are also fully licenced. 8 – The Retro Diner has a fun energetic vibe and a retro theme which extends from the decor to the food! 9 – If you’re in the mood for authentic and delicious Mexican then head to Montezuma’s Ipswich ! They also serve tasty margaritas and more… 10 – La Parrilla , which simply means ‘the grill’ in Spanish, is a South American restaurant offering takeaway and dining in options.
1 – Indian Mehfil is an authentic Indian restaurant set inside a heritage building that used to be a bank. They also whip up some great cocktails! 2 – Fourthchild Cafe and Restaurant is a great cafe for breakfast, lunch and dinner, fully licenced with craft beer, wines and spirits. 3 – Located in the Top of Town precinct Heisenberg Haus offers German inspired cuisine in a beautiful contemporary environment. They also have great German beers available. 4 – UB’s Milk Bar (Ungermann Brothers) is a retro inspired milk bar famous for its ice cream flavours but they’ve recently added burgers, fries, house-made waffles, breakfast, loaded fries,
For more places to eat including cafes visit: Discoveripswich.com.au/eat
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By Kathryn Fletcher Visitor Experiences Officer, travel writer
Lemon Meringue Pie? Jacaranda Bloom? Beez Kneez? If these sound like amazing food dishes, think again, they are delicious cocktails that can be found at venues right here in Ipswich… 1
1 – Famous for its steak and endless fries, Bakehouse Steakhouse is in an iconic building which started as Halley’s Bakery in 1874. Inside you’ll find a contemporary space and an extensive cocktail menu. You can find classics as well as bespoke cocktails like the Bakehouse Spritz, Turkish Delight and Salted Caramel Espresso Martini. 2 – For live music performances and art exhibitions, you can’t go past Banshees Bar & Artspace . Why not enjoy karaoke or open mic night with a refreshing cocktail in hand, like the Platypus Punch? 3 – Cocktail of the month at Brothers Leagues Club is where it’s at! Some of the more recent have been Bliss on the Beach, Noble Sun and Australian Tropical Thunder. 4 – The renovated Jets Leagues Club bar has a new cocktail menu including Espresso Martini made with real coffee, Passionfruit Margarita and colourful drinks such as Grasshopper and Fruit Tingle! 5 – Memories of India , located in a beautiful heritage building which was once the old corner pub, has a wide range of cocktails including Strawberry Daiquiri, Passionfruit Mojito and Lemon Margarita.
6 – The Prince Alfred (PA) Hotel is home to the biggest craft beer bar in the Southern Hemisphere and two restaurants. They have plenty of cocktails to choose from too! Try the Fluffy Unicorn, Love Potion, Mint Mocha Martini or FizzyPop. 7 – It’s not just beer that’s great at Pumpyard Bar and Brewery , why not try an Espresso Martini or a cocktail jug? Their delicious menu goes perfectly with a cocktail. 8 – The Sugarmill Restaurant , located in Woodlands of Marburg’s historical mansion has cocktails perfect for a relaxing evening with friends – enjoy the Sugarmill Old Fashioned, a Gatsby Blue Daiquiri or Mary’s Mojito! 9 – The Cottage is a fine dining restaurant set inside a charming heritage Queenslander. With delicious food and cocktails such as Lemon Meringue Pie and Southside made with Ink Gin, it’s no wonder they have won the Australian Good Food Guide’s Readers’ Choice Award for the past six years running! 10 – Le Bond. 007. Lychee Lara. Marlon Brando. These are just a few of the delicious cocktails available at The Rusty Nail , including a namesake whisky-based cocktail. The Rusty Nail also has delicious tapas and share plates.
UB's Milk Bar (Ungermann Brothers)
Ungermann Brothers is a retro dining experience like no other. With retro chequered floors, blue and red lounges and electro-swing music, this 1960s-inspired venue is the perfect spot to take a trip back in time and enjoy our delicious house-made products. Located at the heart of Ipswich CBD, this sweet and savory spot offers over 20 flavours of ice cream handcrafted from local ingredients as well as a 1960s diner menu. Indulge with smash burgers, milkshakes, waffles, poffertjes, ice cream and gourmet desserts. Kitchen is open all day and open seven days. Location-Dot 1/126 Brisbane Street, Ipswich QLD 4305 phone 0415 820 853 ARROW-POINTER Ungermannbrothers.com.au
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picnic Ipswich’s best places for a Whether you’re looking for a spot to lay out the picnic blanket, or want someone to do all the work for you, you’ll find your way to picnic heaven with this list.
The Soul Nook Collective hanging tiipii pods
Watercress Creek Olives and Limes grazing platter
More info at Discoveripswich.com.au/picnics
Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve
QPSR picnic train
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How to spend a weekend in… Ipswich Central DAY 2 SATURDAY Knock off work early on a Friday, pack a bag and experience a weekend of fun, contemporary tastes and historical delights.
Top of Town
DAY 1 FRIDAY NIGHT
4.00 pm Start your weekend with tapas and
7.00 am Wake up at Oaks Ipswich Aspire Suites , overlooking the iconic St
11.00 am Challenge yourself at
Seraphim Escape Rooms . Voted as having one of the scariest escape rooms in South East Queensland. See if you can escape the Executioner's Toolshed.
cocktails at The Rusty Nail . Try their drink of the week and small bites including pork belly, arancini and more.
Mary’s Catholic Church . Take a dip in the rooftop pool before heading out for breakfast.
Stroll up the street to leafy cafe Rafter and Rose to enjoy flower adorned house-made waffles served with ice cream, berries and edible flowers made hollandaise. Stock up on almond croissants, sour cream scones and other goodies for later as these sell fast. or their famous eggs Benedict with house-
It’s time to taste some of the craft beers that Pumpyard Bar and Brewery
6.00 pm Stop in for dinner at Bakehouse Steakhouse , next door to your accommodation for the night. You’ll love the chic vibe at this award-winning restaurant, set inside an historic building that was originally a bakery. You can finish your cocktail crawl here too.
create at 88 Limestone. Order an epic share board when you start
to feel peckish.
9.00 am Work off breakfast exploring Top of Town's heritage buildings, street art and boutiques. Don’t miss antiques at The Vintage Advantage , hand-made gifts at Embers & Twine and must-have accessories at Obsession Shoes Boutique . Walk down to Tulmur Place if you’re visiting when the monthly Handmade Expo is on (second Saturday of each month).
3.00 pm Walk over to the Ipswich Art Gallery to browse the collection and touring exhibitions on offer. On your way explore the street art trail to see huge colourful murals around the city.
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Boutique shopping in the Top of Town
UB's Milk Bar
DAY 3 SUNDAY
6.00 pm Arouse the senses with authentic dishes at Indian Mehfil . The restaurant is housed in a heritage building next door to the gallery.
11.30 am Treat yourself to some wild
See the sunrise as you float gently in the sky with Floating Images Hot Air Balloon
ice cream flavours at UB’s Milk Bar . The retro inspired gourmet
Flights . Take in the patchwork of country views of Ipswich and the nearby regions.
ice cream shop is known for their maple bacon and pecan ice cream, lavender and honeycomb, and Dutch spice.
1.00 pm Take a moment to relax in some leafy surrounds with a visit to Queens Park and the cute animals at the Ipswich
8.00 am Tuck into breakfast at the popular Fourthchild
7.00 pm Take a ghost tour, with Ghost Tours Australia , and learn the haunted history of the heritage city. Your guide will lead you in and around some of the haunted buildings in the Ipswich CBD and reveal the ghosts that still reside inside. 8.00 pm
Nature Centre . If you’re hungry grab lunch on the veranda of the Queens Park Cafe .
Cafe , included in your balloon package. Epic breakfast boards are our pick here.
10.00 am Take a stroll over to St Mary’s Church to explore the facade. If you’re visiting in Jacaranda season, wander through the stunning blooms in the adjacent park.
Stop for a drink at the quirky Banshees Bar & Art Space . You can also catch live music here most Friday and Saturday nights.
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Pubs are one of the foundations every Queensland city in the late 1800s was built upon. If you’re looking to experience Ipswich’s own historical flavour but not sure where to start, why not check out some of our local venues for a classic pub feed and some frothies! Sit back and enjoy the atmosphere in one of these historical gems.
Jets Leagues Club Originally built in 1880 as the Unity Hotel, then in 1887 after a major renovation changing its name to The Imperial Hotel and then in 1904 Hotel Cecil. The newly refurbished building that is home to Jets Leagues Club demonstrates a mid-Victorian aesthetic.While the outside is untouched, the inside offers many different areas such as a gaming lounge, luxe bar, restaurant, coffee shop and function room. So much more than just your everyday watering hole!
Marburg Hotel This family-owned pub is only 24 minutes from the Ipswich CBD. Not too far at all if you’re looking for that country atmosphere! Enjoy hearty, home-cooked style meals while enjoying the beautiful scenery in a building that is over 140 years old – making it one of Ipswich’s oldest original pubs. Sitting amongst the shopping district, the Marburg Hotel is the go-to food destination if you’re out for a day trip in Marburg!
Pumpyard Bar and Brewery Situated in a 100-year-old building on what was once Ipswich’s first well, Pumpyard is certainly THE place to visit for top quality, locally brewed beer. The menu offers everything from finger food to share plates and everything in between! The building is located in the old Ipswich Technical College at 88 Limestone.
The Prince Alfred Hotel If you’re looking for something for everyone, look no further! The Prince Alfred Hotel has a wide range of options on the menu for adults and children as well as an eye-catching drinks menu. Get in where the food is hot, and the drinks are cold! The hotel was originally built in 1842 and in 1961 it was destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1963, and the original cold room from 1842 survived and still stands today.
By Sarah Mills Tour guide @sarah_9392
Jets Leagues Club
Our beautiful heritage-listed building is what you’ll first see on arrival, but inside… it’s a whole new experience. We’ve recently renovated our restaurant, bar, cafe and 136-machine gaming room and have elevated the experience with great customer service that makes everything that little bit more enjoyable. Come and celebrate whatever the occasion in our a-la-carte restaurant with your family and friends or try our cafe which is open every day from 10.00 am to 4.00 am with a great range of light meals. Location-Dot 15 Downs St, North Ipswich QLD 4305 phone (07) 3202 1887 ARROW-POINTER Jetsleaguesclub.com.au
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Mel Buttle has been performing on the live comedy circuit since 2010 and has been gracing our TV screens on shows such as the The Great Australian Bake Off since 2015. She’s an accomplished comedian, writer and presenter and lives right here in the heritage city! Local shares her favourite spots around Ipswich
1. Miss Jackson Serving up Archer coffee and delicious pastries is (relative) newcomer to Nicholas Street, Miss Jackson. A bustling morning coffee line of local workers and those like me, who just woke up needing an almond croissant. They also have vegan treats! 2. Pumpyard Bar and Brewery It’s lovely to not have to drive into Brisbane for a gig. Ipswich Improv put on a great show, I love performing or just watching the show there. Come for the comedy, stay for the individual cob loaf on the pub menu. 3. York Street East Ipswich One of my favourite streets in Ipswich is the lush tree lined York Street in East Ipswich. I walk the dogs up here and drool over the big old houses. One day… 4. Clint's Farm Fresh Produce Clint's Farm Fresh Produce is another must visit. They’re only open Friday to Sunday because Clint spends the rest of the week driving out to farms collecting locally grown, top quality produce for his shop. Clint has spray free local veggies, and things you don’t see every day like heirloom tomatoes and cavolo nero. 5. North Ipswich Dog Park I love to grab a coffee and plonk myself down by the river while the dogs have a sniff around the North Ipswich dog park. In summer they can cool off in the boat ramp, then it’s off to Petbarn Booval for a bath.
Follow Mel Buttle on TikTok, Instagram and Facebook to watch her hilarious mum skits and keep up with her next live gigs.
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past from the
Cooneana Heritage Centre
As one of Queensland’s oldest cities, Ipswich features a stunning array of preserved buildings and parklands just waiting to be explored and admired.
Pockets of Ipswich’s rich past can be found everywhere – from the outer suburbs that pay homage to the region’s coal mining and rail construction eras, to the thriving Top of Town precinct where a blend of heritage and modern
Cooneana Heritage Centre is home to Ipswich Historical Society and five other groups. Visitors are able to enjoy a walk through the 154-year-old Cooneana Homestead, see displays in the old buildings and learn about the traditional craft of blacksmithing. Back in Time Family Fun Days offer many activities for adults and children to share. Coal mining formed part of the establishment of industry in Ipswich. See the range of displays and videos in Jim Donald House and huge coal mining equipment in the beautiful grounds. envelope email@example.com Another fantastic historical attraction is The Workshops Rail Museum in North Ipswich. This is the birthplace of Queensland’s rail history, with more than 200 steam locomotives built here. Many of the original structures like the Timekeepers’ Building and the old boiler shop are still standing. In 2002, the site was transformed into a rail museum with 15 permanent exhibitions and a new Sciencentre . Families can discover full-size locomotive train engines and carriages, a model railway and enjoy the many hands-on activities. As you head into the heart of Ipswich, drop by Queensland’s oldest park. Queens Park was first surveyed in 1842 and has remained a popular spot for families.
architecture define the city’s skyline. Start your journey back in time at the
Cooneana Heritage Centre in New Chum, as it showcases what life was like before modern technology. Run by the Ipswich Historical Society, you will find a range of properties that date back generations, including a miner’s cottage from the 1800s. Visitors can also peruse the coal mining displays, videos and artefacts, and witness traditional crafts such as blacksmithing.
Quirky heritage feel in the Top of Town
Cooneana Heritage Centre
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On the edge of Queens Park is the Incinerator Theatre . The Incinerator was originally used to burn waste in the 1930s, but it was converted into a performance venue which is used by Ipswich Little Theatre , to present shows. In the Top of Town precinct , you will find more buildings that have stood the test of time from the mid 1800s and early 1900s. All offer a glimpse into a bygone era when people would come to town on a horse and buggy. Highlights along Brisbane Street include The Old Flour Mill , which has undergone many transformations since 1901 when it housed the Ipswich Flour Milling Company, as well as the historic Post and Telegraph Office. Many of Ipswich’s tastiest cafes and restaurants can also be found along this street. The old TAFE College building is just a short stroll away on the corner of Limestone and Ellenborough Streets. This former technical college has been a landmark for more than 100 years, but today you won’t find any classrooms – rather an exciting dining precinct home to Pumpyard Bar and Brewery .
Queens Park Glasshouse
If you’re keen to take a piece of history home with you, swing by The Vintage Advantage and the Ipswich Antique Centre – both full
The Workshops Rail Museum
of furniture, homewares and artwork. The region is home to some charming
Lastly, one of the region’s more impressive buildings is Woodlands of Marburg , just a short drive from the CBD. This plantation- style mansion was built in 1889 but has been renovated to feature accommodation and dining options. There is also a 19th century chapel on site which is popular for weddings.
churches. St Paul’s Anglican Church , located on Brisbane Street, is the city’s oldest church. In nearby Woodend are the towering spires that belong to St Mary’s Catholic Church . It was built in 1876 and features an Italian design. Both churches welcome the public. A rather unique way to uncover the past is by joining a Ghost Tours Australia ghost tour. Historian Jack Sim operates tours in the Ipswich CBD, and Ipswich and Goodna cemeteries. During these tours you will hear stories of restless residents in haunted houses and visit forgotten graves. You can also explore heritage homes during Great Houses of Ipswich events. These special days see three privately owned homes open their doors to the public for a peek inside.
By Ashleigh Howarth Freelance writer @journo_ash_
If you choose to explore Ipswich’s haunted history with a ghost tour, you’ll be booking in with a Best of Queensland operator. Last year Ghost Tours Australia was awarded the status along with fellow heritage experiences The Workshops Rail Museum and Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway (QPSR). The QPSR is a volunteer run organisation that has restored a station, platform and passenger trains for trips that will take you back in time. BEST OF Queensland Heritage EXPERIENCES
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Ipswich Art Gallery
to an active day out Treat the kids
Brisbane Valley Rail Trail
Ipswich doesn’t disappoint when it comes to family-friendly
Take a ride on the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway (QPSR) . The train ride takes you past old coal mining sites and run once a month on weekends. It is a Best of Queensland Experience and gives you the chance to ride in a heritage carriage which leaves from the restored Swanbank Station. Spend the afternoon at the Ipswich Art Gallery , wander the exhibitions and if you’re there on school holidays there’s usually an interactive kids’ event to take part in, in the past there’s been Tapescape and Wind Tubes. Take some time to explore Ipswich’s water parks. There are free water play areas at Bob Gamble Park , Ripley Splash ‘n’ Play , Tulmur Place , Orion Lagoon and Robelle Domain . Explore heritage at one of Cooneana Heritage Centre’s open days. These special days feature old timey games like sack racing, feature lost arts like blacksmithing and include heritage bus rides. Put aside a few hours to explore the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail . Start at the Wulkuraka Trail
activities. Here’s a few options to help you plan your next adventure…
Head or the Brassall Bikeway and either walk or ride the trail to see native flora and fauna and historical markers along the way. Book the kids in for a Sip ‘n’ Dip kids art class. These classes are the perfect opportunity to get creative together making alcohol ink art, resin works or simply learning to paint! For something a little different, book the kids in for an Animal Encounters Tour . The tour goes behind the scenes at the Ipswich Nature Centre with a tour guide to learn all about the resident native animals. After your tour, stop for lunch at The Prince Alfred Hotel for a family-friendly dining experience. Hit one of Ipswich’s family friendly parks. Sutton Park includes a skate ramp and a track for bikes with stop and go signs, it is also close to The Workshops Rail Museum . Lobley Park features a faux plane kids can explore, and Denmark Hill has walking tracks and a recently constructed play area.
Start with breakfast at Dancing Bean Cafe . This hidden gem serves up locally roasted coffee and epic breakfasts. It features a little kids’ nook with games and a blackboard. Take in a movie at Limelight Cinemas . On school holidays look out for kids movie deals. If you’re looking to splurge, book a session in the lounge and get delicious food served while you watch. The cinema picked up a Best of Queensland Experience badge last year and shows the latest blockbusters as well as old favourites. Head to Elderflower Cafe in North Ipswich for lunch. Next door there is a nursery so parents can pick up a few things for the garden. The cafe is small but packs a mighty punch when it comes to flavours and seasonal menu items.
Ipswich Nature Centre
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For those with sensory sensitivities try these gentler experiences next time you’re in town… 1. The Workshops Rail Museum is a Best of Queensland recognised tourism experience that offers sensory days during the holidays. During these sessions less tickets are sold, and lights and sounds are lowered allowing access to events like Day Out with Thomas to those that need a gentler experience. Noise cancelling headphones and sensory kits are available for every visit though. 2. Take a walk through the Ipswich Nature Centre , in the morning during the week to enjoy the nature refuge in the middle of Queens Park.
Whether you're a trainspotter or a steampunk enthusiast, a rail romantic or a curious young explorer, The Workshops Rail Museum will take you on an eye- opening journey through the state’s history as seen from the birthplace of rail in Queensland, the heritage-listed Ipswich Railway Workshops. The landmark Workshops Rail Museum with its prominent saw-toothed roofline, houses 15 larger-than-life exhibition zones that showcase the social, technical and cultural impacts rail transport and travel have had on our lives. Location-Dot North Street, North Ipswich QLD 4305 phone (07) 3432 5100 ARROW-POINTER Theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au After you can head to the children’s playground which includes a liberty swing. 3. Enjoy a day surrounded in nature at Robelle Domain . Take a walk through the parklands, past waterfalls and a small stream. Play at the all-abilities playground and use the interactive play equipment. 4. Visit the Environmental Education Centre located in Queens Park. There are interactive displays and sensory boxes designed for children to learn about the natural environment. 5. Head to the Ipswich Children’s Library where you can feed life-sized dinosaurs colourful scarves through an interactive pipe experience. Design your own colourful fish and watch them swim around the digital display. There are also visual activities such as an augmented reality butterfly experience and quiet areas to calm and soothe. 6. Tales and Trails is an outdoor self-guided reading experience in parks and locations of interest around the city. It is a gentle experience featuring 12 books created for First 5 Forever printed on large metal signs spread along a nature walking trail with braille for increased accessibility. The books are being rotated throughout different locations during the year but include Hotel for Bees , Koalas Like
To... , Once, I Munched a Mango and more. See Ipswichlibraries.com.au/first-5-forever- tales-and-trails for more information. 7. At Bob Gamble Park there is a water play area above the shooting spouts which is great for sensory play. You can pump water through the channels and feel it running between your fingers. The boardwalk nearby is also a nice wheelchair accessible experience. 8. Little Day Out , Ipswich’s signature children’s contemporary music and arts festival has been designed to be inclusive for all children and features a quiet zone with sensory activities. It also features a silent disco, seedling planting, loose parts play, dancing and more.
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Immerse yourself in live music, theatre, fine art and high-quality programming in the heart of Ipswich.
VISIT TODAY Find us in the centre of Ipswich CBD on Nicholas Street, between Brisbane and South streets.
Ipswich Art Gallery is a visual arts and social history museum presenting a dynamic program of exhibitions and heritage displays with complementary workshops, performances and an extensive program for children and families. The gallery focuses on making art meaningful to all audiences: new and existing, young and old, traditional and non-traditional, regardless of whether they are already familiar with art or art galleries. What’s on: Ipswichartgallery.qld.gov.au Ipswich Civic Centre is a drawcard for tourists and locals alike, presenting an extensive year-round program of local, national and international performing arts events, showcasing artists in both the large auditorium and smaller more intimate performance spaces. Theatre, comedy, musicals, concerts, magic, classical music, dance, children’s and family entertainment and everything in between for the young and young at heart. What’s on: Ipswichciviccentre.com.au
Photographer: TamCam Images
Photographer: TamCam Images
The ulti- mutt day out ADVENTURE
The trails at Springfield
Brisbane Valley Rail Trail
Special occasions at Barkley & Pips
John Murphy Park
There are more and more opportunities becoming available for us to include our pets in day to day life. For someone who lives, breathes, and loves animals, (I also own a dog walking business) here’s a few tips I can share for you and your best friend.
For the outdoorsy fur family It can be difficult to know where to go bush walking, as many places are not allowing pups. However, one great place to go is the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail ! This walk contains gravel trails and paths surrounded by bushland and makes for a great hike even in warmer months as the trees give plenty of shade. While there are two main entrances, I would recommend parking and starting from the Wulkuraka station and heading towards Brassall. This is a decent walk with the round trip about 1 hour and 30 minutes and 7km. Pack both yourself and the fur child, some water and a light lunch as John Murphy Park will be on your left when you reach Brassall and you can sit in the shade for a break and a snack. Just make sure pups remain on leash!
On Wednesdays we brunch! (Pug of coffee) If you’re looking for a more relaxed date with your dog, head to Barkley & Pips at Bundamba. There is a food menu for you both, and a play area for dogs to make new friends. On warmer days, puppy ice cream is available, with puppy-cinos on offer when it’s cold. The human menu has breakfast and lunch and the eggs benny is perfection! Don’t forget to check out the cake selection, so you can both enjoy a sweet treat.
Sunday market day Get out to Main Street at Orion Shopping Centre on the third Sunday of the month with your pooch. Check out a variety of stalls that stretch from one end to the other and maybe pick up a snack or two for your pup. If you’re not lured by market food, there are many dog-friendly cafes and restaurants nearby including Breakfast at Stephanies , Raw Energy and Ballistic Springfield . While pups must remain on-leash at most venues, at the corner of Main Street and Sirius Drive, there is an off-leash dog park!
By Sarah Mills Dog walker, Tour Guide @sarah_9392
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CAFES AND RESTAURANTS MARKETS
Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve Joseph Brady Park Limestone Park Queens Park Robelle Domain
Ballistic Springfield Breakfast at Stephanies Brookwater Barista Cafe Kalina Elderflower Cafe Ellen and Rod Fourthchild
Oikos Pumpyard Bar and Brewery Rafter and Rose Raw Energy Remedy Espresso St Shoebill The Retro Diner
Handmade Expo Sunrise Discovery Markets Ripley Markets Springfield Markets
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Top 7 Josh Kerr has walked three million steps around Ipswich photographing natural areas and businesses for Google maps. He knows some of the best locations to take a photo.
insta-worthy photo spots in Ipswich
By Josh Kerr Ipswich Trekker @joshbearmaster
With easily the best view of Ipswich Central, Lions Lookout is an obvious choice. Results will always be better in the morning or the afternoon, but this is a nice example of the kind of snaps you can get out this way. I shot this panorama with a DSLR fixed 100mm lens, 17 images stitched together.
Photographer: Greg Harm of Tangible Media
Joseph Brady Park rests on the intersection between the Bremer and Brisbane river systems. So right off the bat we've got ourselves a deep, wide body of water, still enough to reflect the sky with opposing banks rising out of the depths in varying shades of green. Joseph Brady Park has the ingredients of a top photo spot, with the afternoon sun casting a warm ambience from the west.
Winternationals – Being the home of the biggest drag racing championships outside of North America, a must-do for those visiting our city is a visit to Willowbank Raceway . It’s a rare opportunity to capture motorsport action, an interesting addition to anyone’s Instagram portfolio. The image was captured at the main drag strip at Willowbank during Winternationals, with a super wide 8mm.
Wildlife photography requires time, patience, kit and often a trip to the bush. Unless you're savvy enough to go where a whole arsenal of our most rare and precious animals live... the Ipswich Nature Centre . You too have the power to snap a pic of a spotted- tail quoll as she practices parkour around her enclosure. An animal so rare that most of you will likely never have seen one outside.
Photographer: Sarah Mills
This photo is proof that you don't need anything fancy to take some fantastic shots. Taken at Riverheart Parklands in the boardwalk section closest to Bob Gamble Park , a stunning cascade of golden brilliance reflecting down the river at sunset is all you need for the perfect shot. This is the result of some good angles, an iPhone 7 and a favour from the sun.
Well, we're back to Willowbank Raceway for the much beloved country music festival, CMC Rocks QLD . It goes without saying that festival pics are a must when it comes to a well fleshed out Insta profile… So it's convenient that Ipswich hosts Australia's biggest international country music festival.
This one is a hidden gem and unique enough to warrant a mention. The mighty Canberra Bomber of Willowbank is a full sized, decommissioned Vietnam War-era aircraft that sits perched atop its mount, right outside Willowbank Caravan Park . It's a great spot, for a shot of an iconic Aussie warbird.
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Start planning your weekends with these great walks in Ipswich. Immerse yourself in nature with mountains to hike, lush gardens, and reserves to explore. wild side Take a walk on the
ACCESSIBILITY TIP Purga Nature Reserve If you love being outdoors in nature, but need a walk that’s smooth, check out Purga Nature Reserve. There is a flat gravel path that leads to boardwalks in the bush. There’s also seating along the way and accessible toilets.
The reserve has two Class 2 tracks for easy level walking, including the 350m wheelchair- accessible Tea Tree Boardwalk Circuit, raised high enough to keep your feet dry even if the wetlands have had rain. The longer Melaleuca Circuit is still a fairly short stroll on flat land, and with native herbs, wildflowers and ground covers in place it’s an inviting habitat for birds. There are picnic tables, compost toilets and drinking water available. Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve Once you descend the walking tracks amid huge native trees, you completely forget that you’re in the middle of Ipswich. Denmark Hill is a popular place for bird watchers, with owls, kookaburras, wrens, finches and others making their homes here. You have a choice of walking circuits that range from 200m–800m. It’s a relaxing walk down to the picnic area where you venture into a children’s playground with swings, climbing
Flinders–Goolman Conservation Estate A range of recreational activities are on offer to visitors in the Flinders–Goolman Conservation Estate including bird watching, hiking, mountain bike and horse riding (bring your own bike or horse). The conservation estate covers just over 2,200ha and supports extensive forests and rugged volcanic peaks and slopes including Flinders Peak, Mt Blaine, Mt Catherine and Mt Goolman. The two entrances to the estate, Hardings Paddock and Flinders Plum picnic areas have picnic tables and public toilets. At Hardings Paddock you’ll also find an Aboriginal Totem walk, bush tucker trail and traditional resource gardens, yarning circle and traditional Kupmurri Pit. The Kupmurri can be reserved by Traditional Owners to pass down cultural knowledge and practices to descendants on Country as well as by Indigenous not-for-profit organisations to run cultural educational programs. Purga Nature Reserve For a unique nature walk just 15 minutes from the CBD, Purga Nature Reserve is a peaceful getaway. It has the largest remnant of swamp tea tree protected in Australia, and there are short, self- guided walks amid the ghostly, ashen trees that are truly spectacular.
stations, picnic tables and BBQs. Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve
From culture-rich mining heritage to adrenaline- fuelled downhill mountain biking, Castle Hill is a unique place and offers an experience unlike anything else in the region.
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