Ipswich is a city in South East Queensland, 44 km west of Brisbane. When the Moreton Bay convict settlement was established by Britain, Ipswich was about as far as craft could venture up the Brisbane and Bremer Rivers, and as coal was found here, there was very early Europeon settlement. Because of the coal mines, Ipswich was seen as primarily an industrial centre, however these days Ipswich is more seen as a satellite of Brisbane. There are still the railway industries, Swanbank power station and RAAF Amberley, but the city has recently expanded substantially because of its part in the massive expansion of South East Queensland as a very desirable place to live. For the visitor on the way to Sydney on the Cunningham Highway or Toowoomba on the Warrego Highway, the by-pass is usually taken, however the inquiring visitor will find much of interest in this city of 155,000.
Queensland (Qld) railways has 1/2 hour train services from Brisbane.
Major bus line to Gatton and Toowoomba as well as (infrequent) bus services to the nearby suburbs.
Gold & Sunshine Coast rail lines connect at Roma Street or Central station in Brisbane.
Art Gallery in d’Arcy Doyle place. http://www.ipswichartgallery.qld.gov.au/visit/find-us/
Performing arts venue at the Civic Hall on Nicholas Street.
Ipswich Cup: 14 June. 219 Brisbane Rd, Bundamba QLD 4304 (07) 3282 1500 ipswichturfclub.com.au
University of Qld: Ipswich Campus. 11 Salisbury Rd, Ipswich QLD 4305. (07) 3381 1111. http://www.uq.edu.au/ipswich/
Workshops Rail Museum http://www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au/
Noodle City: Bell Street.
Pancake Manor: 43 Brisbane Rd. (07) 3812 8900. Restaurant and Cafe. 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Subway: Brisbane Rd.
Best Western Ipswich: 51-55 Warwick Road. 3202 3111. ihmi.com.au
Central Motel Ipswich: Limestone Street & Thorn Street. 3281 2100 centralmotelipswich.com
Ipswich Heritage Lodge: 14 Bremer St. 3812 7555
Metro Hotel Ipswich International: 43 South St & Foote Lane. (07) 3812 8077
Visitor Information Centre. Queens Park, Brisbane Street.(07) 3281 0555 http://www.discoveripswich.com.au/
Esk > 63 Km NW: Nice drive along Lake Wivenhoe.
Markets held every Saturday from 7am till 12 noon, the markets are located on the corner of Highland and Heap Streets, next to the War Memorial.
Toowoomba the Garden City: 90 Km West.
Willowbank Raceway. 38 Champions Way. 16 Km SW. Motor car racing.