Global Art Links Gallery, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 155000

Ipswich is Queensland's oldest provincial city. It was first settled in 1827 on the banks of the Bremer River which burst its banks in 2011, submerging much of the city centre under water. The impressive Workshops Rail Museum honours Ipswich as the birthplace of Queensland Railways, while Australia's largest RAAF base can be found in the suburb of Amberley. The city centre, with its diverse heritage buildings, art galleries and museums, trendy cafes, and vintage and antique shops, is fast becoming one of south-east Queensland's most popular destinations.

Visitor Information

Queens Park, 14 Queen Victoria Pde; (07) 3281 0555


Nearby national parks

  • Moogerah Peaks National Park

    This small national park includes a number of isolated mountain peaks such as Mount French (579 metres), Mount Edwards (632 metres), Mount...more

  • Main Range National Park

    Stretching for 55 kilometres along the Great Dividing Range, World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park forms the western part of a...more

  • Tamborine National Park

    The scenic Tamborine Mountain plateau and its surrounding foothills is the setting for this national park in the Gold Coast hinterland. Made...more

Nearby towns

  • Laidley

    Located west of Brisbane in the Lockyer Valley, the township of Laidley boasts classic Queensland architecture. A landscape dominated by...more

  • Strathpine

    Strathpine is north of Brisbane in the Pine Rivers region, a district that includes the forested areas and national parks closest to the...more

  • Boonah

    Boonah is set in the picturesque Fassifern Valley, surrounded by hills. Once noted as a 'beautiful vale' by 19th-century explorers, a little...more

In Town

Workshops Rail Museum In the North Ipswich railyards, this museum offers diverse historical displays, interactive exhibitions and an impressive variety of machinery. Watch workers restore old steam trains, or look into the future of rail by taking a simulated ride in the high-speed tilt train; North St.

Global Art Links Gallery This art gallery and social history museum merges heritage and the present day at the Old Town Hall. See the local and visiting exhibitions in the Gallery, partake in the interactive displays of Ipswich history in the Hall of Time, walk through the Indigenous installation in the Return to Kabool section, or try electronic finger-painting in the Children's Gallery; D'Arcy Doyle Pl.

Queens Park Nature Centre: native flora, animals and a bird aviary; Goleby Ave.

Ipswich Heritage Model Railway Club: miniature trains; activity days on the 1st Sat and 3rd Sun of each month, visits at other times by appt; via Workshops Rail Museum. 

Pillar of Courage: memorial to 2011's floods; Queen St. 

Historical walk: self-guide walk to see the renowned heritage buildings, churches and excellent domestic architecture of Ipswich, including the Uniting Church (1858) and Gooloowan (1864); outstanding colour brochure available from visitor centre.


Queensland Raceway: home to the Queensland 500 and host of the V8 Supercar Series. Winternationals Drag-racing Championship runs every June; 15 km W.

Wolston House: historic home at Wacol; open 2nd and 4th Sun of every month; 16 km E.

Rosewood: heritage town featuring St Brigid's Church, the largest wooden church in the South Pacific. The Workshops Railway Museum, with displays of the area's industrial heritage, runs Blacksmiths and Steam Shop tours daily, plus scenic steam-train rides on the first Sun of each month; museum open daily; 20 km W.

Recreational reserves: popular picnic and leisure spots to the north-east of Ipswich include College's Crossing (7 km), Mt Crosby (12 km) and Lake Manchester (22 km).

Fishing spots near town

Lake Wivenhoe 37 km

Impoundment fishing for native species in southern Queensland has enjoyed phenomenal growth and it all began at Lake Wivenhoe. Situated about 80 km west of Brisbane on the Brisbane Valley Highway, Wivenhoe has a surface... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Mount Coot-tha Forest 25 km

The largest natural area in Brisbane, this 1500 hectares of open eucalypt forest holds more than 18 kilometres of walking tracks, 12 kilometres of mountain-biking tracks and a further 31 kilometres of multi-use tracks.... Find out more

Westlander 31 km

Take the overnight train ride from Brisbane to Charleville or Quilpie, travelling over the Great Dividing Range and through some of Queensland’s rich farming areas.... Find out more

Rock climbing around Brisbane 31 km

Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point is perhaps the friendliest city rock-climbing spot in the country, with views over the Brisbane River, a range of climbs for absolute beginners and upwards, and established anchor points... Find out more

Cycling and mountain-biking around Brisbane 31 km

Brisbane has a growing network of great cycling trails and some excellent rides for tourists – a five-to-20-kilometre ride along the shores of the Brisbane River comes highly recommended. There is also a great ride... Find out more

Tamborine Mountain Distillery 54 km

There is a multitude of chemical-free schnapps, gins and vodkas to try here, many of which come from the fruits grown on the farm. Try lemon myrtle vodka, the multifaceted choc’n’chili liqueur, forest... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Brookwater Golf & Country Club 14 km

Brookwater opened to considerable fanfare in 2002, with many observers quick to draw comparisons with Augusta National, venerable home of the US Masters. The varied terrain, inventive bunkering and undulating putting... Find out more

Royal Queensland Golf Club 38 km

Of all the golf courses in this book, Royal Queensland has undergone the most dramatic changes in recent years. Originally opened in 1920, on reclaimed mangrove swampland on the north bank of the Brisbane River, ... Find out more

North Lakes Resort Golf Club 51 km

Good course designers have tricks up their sleeves when it comes to spurring golfers to rise to the challenge. They can visually intimidate you with large schemes of bunkers or water hazards encroaching on the best... Find out more

The Links, Hope Island 65 km

When Hope Island opened for play in 1993 it was a unique addition to Australia’s golfing landscape. Here was a links-style layout seemingly uprooted from Scotland and transplanted on to the sunny northern... Find out more

Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club (Pines course) 66 km

Sanctuary Cove’s Pines layout, designed by Arnold Palmer, has reigned for more than two decades as one of the Gold Coast’s best courses. At various stages during that time it has also ranked among the... Find out more

The Grand Golf Club 70 km

Think of the Gold Coast and flashing images spring to mind: beaches, theme parks, high-rise apartments, hordes of tourists. The Gold Coast hinterland has none of these, and could be thousands of miles away. The... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Cotton’s Restaurant

The à la carte restaurant at Spicers Hidden Vale is popular with locals as well as in-house guests, so dining here can be a good opportunity to meet the neighbours. Children will love the junior station hand... Find out more

Woodlands of Marburg

Dine in old-world style at this grand, plantation-style mansion built in 1890 whose dining rooms feature crystal chandeliers and marble fireplaces. Expect a seasonal menu with an adventurous use of spices; for example,... Find out more

Wray Organic Market and Cafe

This market is the leading providor of organic, fair-trade and locally-grown produce. Supplies cater to a variety of dietary requirements and bulk flour, nuts and cereals are a specialty. The cafe serves scrumptiously... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Mondo Organics, West End 28 km

Australia’s first organic restaurant when it opened in 2000, Mondo Organics serves a range of organic meats, including beef, chicken, duck and lamb, and the fish is chosen for the sustainability of the catch. The... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Castlemaine Perkins (Fourex) Brewery 29 km

The pages of Australian brewing history are littered with take-overs and acquisitions, and while Castlemaine Perkins sounds like a merger, it was, in reality, yet another buy-out. As the name suggests, the Castlemaine... Find out more

Foster's Group (Yatala Brewery) 49 km

This brewery site, located at Yatala, midway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, was established by the Power Brewing Company, which launched Powers Bitter in 1988. Four years later a joint venture between Powers and... Find out more

Mt Tamborine Brewery 55 km

One of Queensland’s more ambitious craft-brewing operations is at Mount Tamborine, in the Gold Coast hinterland. The 24-hectolitre microbrewery is the original plant used by the Bluetongue Brewery in Newcastle and... Find out more

Campsites around town

D'Aguilar National Park camping areas (bush camping) 27 km

There are 8 areas for bush camping scattered throughout the southern half of the national park suitable for self-sufficient campers. A network of trails provides access between the camping sites and links to the... Find out more

Captain Logan Camp 36 km

With as much water as 2.5 Sydney Harbours, Wivenhoe Dam is a major water storage reserve for south-east Queensland and a hub for watersports enthusiasts (however boat motors are not to be used on the lake). With 57... Find out more

Lumley Hill camping area 37 km

Just a short distance from Captain Logan Camp, Lumley Hill has powered sites. The campground is on Logan Inlet Rd, off Hay Rd, signposted off the Brisbane Valley Hwy. Lake Wivenhoe is a major water storage reserve where... Find out more

Atkinson Dam Holiday Park 37 km

Watersports enthusiasts can enjoy access to the shoreline of Atkinson Dam at this site, 8 km south-west of Coominya. There’s a general store for supplies, fuel and gas bottle refills, plus laundry facilities. Look... Find out more

Atkinson Dam Waterfront Caravan Park 38 km

Anglers will like this freshwater sport-fishing hotspot, and holiday-makers will enjoy the kitchen, kiosk, cabins and other park facilities. An officially sanctioned local group has plans to stock the water with... Find out more

Lake Dyer Camping and Caravan Ground 38 km

The caretakers at Lake Dyer recently renovated the toilet block, installed new gas barbecues and a washing machine, and built a new playground. There are 16 powered sites at the campground. Visitors can enjoy the scenery... Find out more

Boonah Showground camping area 43 km

The showground is a top spot for powered sites, only a 3 min walk from Boonah town centre. There’s a camp kitchen and laundry facilities, but BYO firewood. The showground provides excellent access to the... Find out more

Frog Buttress camping area (walk-in camping) 44 km

This small campground in Moogerah Peaks, suitable for walk-in camping only, is located 11 km west of Boonah on Mt French Rd, signposted 1 km south of Boonah off the Boonah–Rathdowney Rd. Bring your own firewood.... Find out more

Centenary Park camping area 44 km

This campground features 8 powered sites, a laundry and an electric BBQ. For stays more than 1 night, the second night is free; maximum stay is 7 nights. Visitors can throw a line in at nearby Lake Dyer or enjoy the... Find out more

Yarramalong Camping and Outdoor Recreation Centre 48 km

There’s no shortage of space for comfortable camping at this 65 ha property, with 2 campgrounds: The Main and The Island. Both have private fireplaces (bring your own wood) and shady trees. There are 8 hot showers... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Newmarket Gardens Caravan Park 31 km

The closest caravan park to Brisbane’s city centre, this older park has good basic facilities. With the city less than 4 km away, it is particularly popular with campers and backpackers.... Find out more

Brisbane Holiday Village 33 km

Easily accessed from the Pacific Highway (Mt Gravatt exit), this large, quality park is on the south side of the city. Facilities include minigolf, a tennis court, convenience store, cafe and lovely grassy sites. For the... Find out more

Brisbane Gateway Resort 35 km

This is a good quality park with easy access to all the major highways, including the Pacific Motorway, and is 16 km from the city centre. The good facilities include a resortstyle pool and tennis court. Bookings are... Find out more

BIG4 Brisbane Northside Caravan Village 39 km

A good quality park close to the northern approach to Brisbane, this park is ideal for those wanting good access to the city’s northern suburbs. Minimum-booking periods apply.... Find out more

Lake Moogerah Caravan Park 52 km

In a picturesque setting on the shores of Lake Moogerah, nestled among the rugged peaks of the Scenic Rim, the park is 9 km south of Aratula along a sealed road. The lake is a popular destination for waterskiers.... Find out more

Jacobs Well Tourist Park 62 km

This is a quality Gold Coast City Council park, located in a quiet township on the protected waterways north of the Gold Coast. It is a very popular park with families and those who fish. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park 63 km

This is a larger park adjoining the M1, almost opposite Movieworld, and very close to Dreamworld. The park has undergone a redevelopment in recent times and is the only quality dog-friendly park east of the Pacific... Find out more

NRMA Treasure Island Resort & Holiday Park 72 km

This is a good quality park recently acquired by the NRMA. It has a licensed family bistro and a range of great facilities including a resort-style pool, spas, tennis courts and minigolf. The park is a short stroll from... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Parkview Colonials B&B

Hosts Elaine and Bruce Glass have four colonial houses in this city of well-preserved colonial architecture. One of them, Q.R. House, can also be booked at a lower rate as self-contained accommodation for a minimum of... Find out more

Spicers Hidden Vale

Situated 10 kilometres south-east of Laidley, this working cattle station of several thousand hectares offers very up-market accommodation in luxuriously furnished and beautifully restored farm cottages. You can choose... Find out more

Woodlands of Marburg

On the Warrego Highway, some 20 kilometres north-west of Ipswich, this is a large heritage-listed house overlooking Scenic Rim country. Woodlands can accommodate 115 guests in a number of different types of rooms in... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Brisbane Marriott Hotel 32 km

By no means the greenest accommodation in this book, the Marriott still deserves inclusion as one of the better options in large hotels. It gained the Green Globe Benchmarked Bronze status and is AAA-rated for its water-... Find out more

Destiny Boonah 50 km

Set on 80 hectares of Land for Wildlife property, this self-contained three-bedroom cottage is solar- and wind-powered. You are encouraged to bring a mountain bike or go bushwalking on the property, which is located near... Find out more

What's on around town

Showplace Markets: Warwick Rd; Sun. 

Handmade Expo: about 50 stalls of handmade arts and crafts; 3rd Sat of each month.

Rodeo: May. 

Ipswich Festival: April/May. Ipswich Cup: horseracing; June.

Winternationals: largest drag-racing event in the world outside the USA; June.

Model Railway Show: Oct. 

Jacaranda Festival (Goodna): Oct. 

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