Discover Ipswich Magazine 2023
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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