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Ipswich (Queensland)

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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 European 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.

Get in[edit]

Queensland railways has 1/2 hour train services from Brisbane.

Airport West



Translink services (Go Cards)


Travelling to Ipswich

By Road:

Ipswich is located at the nexus of five major arterial roads allowing for easy access.

From the East: The Ipswich Motorway links Ipswich to Brisbane

From the West: The Warrego Highway (National Highway A2) Links Ipswich to major regional centres including Toowoomba, Roma & Charleville.

From the North: The Brisbane Valley Highway (National Route 17) links Ipswich to major regional centres including Esk & Kingaroy.

From the South-West: The Cunningham Highway (National Highway 15) links Ipswich to major regional centres including Warwick & Stanthorpe, along with the New England Highway from New South Wales.

From the South-East:The Logan Motorway links Ipswich to the Gold Coast and Pacific Highway from New South Wales, along with the Gateway Motorway from Brisbane Airport & Sunshine Coast

By Train:

The Brisbane Citytrain network provides regular connections from Brisbane to Ipswich and Springfield, with connections to the Gold & Sunshine Coast rail lines. For more information about train timetables and fares go to

You can also travel to Ipswich via Airtrain from the Brisbane Airport, with a change over to the Citytrain network at Roma Street or Central Stations. For more information visit

By Bus:

Daily bus connections are available from the Brisbane Transit Centre in Brisbane. For more information contact the Greyhound Australia on ☎ (07) 3336 5591.


Bus transfers are available for door-to-door shuttle services to and from Brisbane Domestic and International airports as well as the Brisbane cruise terminal. Bookings are essential and must be make 2 full working days prior to the service being provided. Limousine and group coach transfers are also available. Contact the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre on ☎ (07) 3281 0555 or via email to [email protected] for bookings and more information.

Drive Times and Distances to Ipswich

Brisbane- 39km (40 mintues)

Brisbane Airport - 53km (55 minutes)

Gold Coast - 97km (80 minutes)

Gold Coast Airport - 116km (95 minutes)

Toowoomba - 100km (85 minutes)

Get around[edit]

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.


Yellow Cab Taxi Services:

Standard taxi: ☎ 13 1924

Silver Service: ☎ 13 3100

Multi Taxi (6 passengers): ☎ 13 3554

Maxi Taxi (Wheelchair accessible): ☎ 13 6294

Book online at or download the free smartphone app

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Art Gallery in d’Arcy Doyle place.

Performing arts venue at the Civic Hall on Nicholas Street.

History and Memories

If you're into local history and traditional craftsmanship then put a visit to historic Cooneana Homestead on your itinerary. Home to the Ipswich Historical Society and Spinners & Weavers, Cooneana Heritage Centre houses historical photographs and artefacts and mining displays that reflect the rich and diverse history of Ipswich. For more information about opening hours and special events visit

Being Queensland's oldest provincial city and having a fantastic antique centre just seems a natural fit. Housed in the beautifully restored Congregational Church Hall built in 1895, the Ipswich Antique Centre brings together over 30 antique dealers and the best vintage wonders from the region and beyond. You'll find furniture, pottery, jewellery, vintage clothes and movie memorabilia. They even have a specialised Retro Room. Visit

Queens Park dates back to the original survey for the town of Ipswich in 1842. From the exploration of Allan Cunningham and the discovery of limestone; to royal visits and Coronation Day celebrations; home to Queensland oldest croquet club; and the Walter Burley Griffin designed incinerator, the park is steeped in history. Unearth these memories for yourself on a self-guided audio tour using you own smart phone or audio device ( or hire a pre-loaded MP3 player from the Ipswich Visitor Information Center or Queens Park Cafe.

Do[edit][add listing]

Ipswich Cup: 14 June. 219 Brisbane Rd, Bundamba QLD 4304 ☎ (07) 3282 1500 Workshops Rail Museum

Romance and Indulgence

The Ipswich Massage & Herbal Spa provides a blissful combination of modern science and ancient healing methods. Established in a renovated warehouse in Ipswich's historic Top of Town precinct, the Spa offers five luxurious therapy rooms and a Vichy chower room -pure heaven. Delivering a holistic approach to wellness, through spa therapies, products and energy-giving cuisine. With soothing scents greeting you on arrival, you'll be guaranteed to have any stresses melted away:

Every city has hidden secrets -few come as such a welcome surprise as Sang Day Spa in Springfiled. From the moment you walk through the elegant double doors you know you're in for an exceptional experience. Exclusive treatments have been researched and developed over 25 years by Sang Ha. Sang has also developed her own range of natural products. Tempted? Visit

Enthusiasm and passion are infectious. One of the rewards of boutique wineries is the chance to meet the passionate people behind the wines. Hand-planted and hand-picked is the way they do it at Ironbark Ridge Vineyard and, being the oldest vineyard in the district, they've been passionate about their wines for some time. Award-winning wines will tantalise your tastebuds and tempt you to take some home with you. If you have a couple of gaps in your wine rack that need filling, there are four other boutique wineries with cellar doors in the region. Along with Ironbark Ridge Vineyard, they make up the Scenic Rim Wine Trail ( and travelling from one to another is a sensational experience in itself.

Family Fun

The Workshops Rail Museum is all aboard for hands-on fun at Australia's oldest railway workshops still in operation. Let off some steam in the indoor adventure playground and expansive grounds or try your hand at driving a train on a simulator. School holidays are special at The Workshops Rail Museum, with the Day Out with Thomas programs a big hit (from Boxing Day to the end of January). Kids can see Thomas the Tank engine and a real-life Fat Controller and take part in plenty of hands-on activities. Check the website events calendar for other school holiday programs. Young and the not-so-young alike can enjoy soaking up the romance of a bygone era walking through an historic refreshment carriage, or peer into the Vice-Regal Carriage to see the opulence in which the Governor travelled. Then be thrust back into the present courtesy of a simulated ride on the high-speed tilt train, and marvel at the intricate detail and workings of Queensland's largest model railway. Located in the old Railway Workshops, the entire site is steeped in history. Entry is through the Timekeepers' Building and the museum itself is inside the old boilershop. Strolling around, you're dwarfed by beautifully restored locomotives and carriages which evoke childhood memories for adults and create a world of discovery for the littlies. Open daily at North Street North Ipswich. ☎ (07)3432 5100.

Inspire your kids with a visit to our award-winning Children's Gallery. Creative play, hands-on activities and interactive exhibitions will stimulate your child's imagination and inner artist. Open daily at d'Arcy Doyle Place Nicholas Street. ☎ (07)3810 7222.

Inflatable World Oz, recently opened late in 2015 is open only on school holidays and weekends just for the kids to enjoy practically an 'indoor inflatable world!' Plenty of space and activities are offered for everyone to play, jump, fly and bounce on the balloon playground.

The Great Outdoors

If you're the type that loves the outdoors and the endless opportunity nature presents to invigorate body and mind, then Ipswich is the place for you. Ipswich has much to offer nature lovers, its areas abundant with nature trails for those who just like a short, easy stroll or the more energetic with serious hiking on their minds and feet. Happy campers can also enjoy that precious feeling of waking up with nature at a campsite.

On Ipswich's northern outskirts is Kholo Gardens, a sub-tropical haven that boasts a 400m walk under a natural rainforest canopy or steeper, longer walks to push the pulse rate higher. An elegant church and crystal clear lily pond complete the serene picture.

On the other side of town just 15 minutes from Ipswich Central is Purga Nature Reserve, which has the largest remnant of Swamp Tea Tree protected in Australia. The easy, self-guided walks amid the ghostly, ashen trees are pleasant and there's disabled access, given everyone the opportunity to try to spot koalas and Eastern Grey kangaroos.

In the Redbank Plains area, there's the White Rock -Spring Mountain Conservation Estate. The indigenous Ugarapul people request that you don't climb the White Rock formation but you're welcome to enjoy the hiking, horse riding and mountain biking. A highlight is a medium-level 20-minute track where you can see caves, koalas and the relics of a WWII training bunker.

As well as impressive native flora and fauna, bike and horse riding trails the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate now has eight bush camping sites with facilities at Hardings Paddock. If you like to climb mountains just because they're there, the hike to Goolman Lookout will reward you with spectacular views of ancient mountain formations, the Brisbane city skyline and, on a clear day, even the Pacific ocean.

If you're a city slicker at heart, why not experience a piece of nature right in Ipswich Central. The Denmark Hill Conservation Park is great for the weekend walker and families with short bushwalks, lots of wildlife dinosaur fossils and a picnic area. Still got a bit of energy left? Take the stairs (there are a quite a few of them!) to the top of the water tower to see stunning 360-degree views.

If you're more taken with water-bound activity,but want more than just a paddle in the shallows, try your hand at canoeing or kayaking. Covering a distance of 82kms from the Spillway Common (below Wivenhoe Dam) to Joseph Brady Park at Barellan Point, designated trails along the Ipswich reaches of the Brisbane and Bremer Rivers range from leisurely day excursions to full-on, muscle-flexing three or four day excursions.

For the serious golfer, playing a round on the Greg Norman designed Brookwater Golf Course is pretty special. After all, Golf Australia Magazine ranked it as Queensland's number one public access golf course. For dedicated or aspiring golfers, this 18 hole, par 72 championship course could be the ultimate golf challenge. The classic Ipswich Golf Course is another notable destination for golf enthusiasts. Enjoy a round or two on the Wayne Grady designed 18-hole course and then head to the clubhouse for quality bistro dining in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Limestone Park, located on the fringe of Ipswich Central, is fitness utopia with its special 'Life Trail' exercise stations, a network of running tracks and wide, open spaces ideal for kicking a ball around.

Ipswich has also catered for man's best friend and dogs are welcome in most of Ipswich's parks as long as they remain leashed - but better still- dedicated off-leash dog parks are provided across the City for dog owners to get out and get active with their special companions.


Ipswich has its own university known as the Univeristy of Southern Queensland which is easily accessible by public transport and only 2 minutes away from the centre of town. University of Qld: Ipswich Campus. 11 Salisbury Rd, Ipswich QLD 4305. ☎ (07) 3381 1111.

Education is a key consideration in Ipswich where a vast array of schooling is offered including both private and public schooling. Fifteen schools are located all across the Ipswich area, making it easy for all children to get to school and back.

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Just recently the Riverlink Shopping Centre located on the corner of Down Street and The Terrace (North Ipswich), opened its doors in 2007. The centre holds over 160 shops for some keen buyers with a great variety of things to do including a range of popular shops, extensive dining options throughout, both in the food court and restaurant precinct, entertainment with 8 movie theaters including 'The Lounge' licenced area within the all brand new Limelight Cinemas, and relaxing opportunities as Riverlink is located in the heart of Ipswich overlooking the Bremer River featuring hertiage walk trails. Stop for a wine, coffee or meal.

The Top of Town is part of the Ipswich Central Mall on Brisbane Street and is the very heart of Ipswich. Vintage, retro and custom-made fashion, comics and hobby stores are just some of the drawcards in Ipswich's eclectic Top of Town area. Add to this a micro-brewery and bar, funky cafes and restaurants and a luxury spa and you have all the makings for an unforgettable experience - or two. Top of Town is the part of Ipswich where old meets new and anything in between, and you can pick up an unexpected treasure while exploring this character-filled precinct. The historical Top of Town area takes in a street of Brisbane Street, Ellenborough Street and across to the recently refurbished heritage buildings that house the new Pumpyard Bar and Brewery at 88 Limestone Street. It features a charming shopping precinct situated in a traditional, heritage area. Many multi-cultural cuisines can be selected from such as the tasty Viva Italia Restaurant, Go Sing Chinese Restaurant, and the very popular and German restaurant and bar - Heisenberg Haus.

Ipswich is also home to the biggest Coles Supermarket in Queensland found on the Corner of Brisbane Street and Gordon Street.

Markets are now increasingly becoming very popular in the region, and with this many new markets have opened to please everyone. The Handmade Expo at the Ipswich Turf Club (Bundamba) encompasses many locally homemade stalls containing a variety of items including clothing, crafts and a selection of foods. Some markets around the area include:

Oz Night Market: 139 Brisbane Road, Booval Fair. ☎ (07)3123 2800.

Peak Organics Farm Gate Market: Mount Flinders Road, Peak Crossing, Ivory's Rock Conventions & Events Centre. ☎ (07)3288 8945.

The Old Flour Mill Twilight Markets: 227-231 Brisbane Street, Ipswich, The Old Flour Mill.

Tivoli Twilight Markets: 50 Coal Road, Chuwar, Tivoli Drive-In. ☎ (07)0488 849 654.

Showplace Markets: 81 Warwick Road Ipswich, Ipswich Showgrounds. ☎ (07)3291 1577.

The Handmade Expo: Cooney Avenue, Bundamba, Ipswich Turf Club. ☎ 0488 791 379.

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There are endless food opportunities all around Ipswich including bustling bars, cafes, restaurants, and takeaways. When it comes to places to eat and drink in Ipswich your options are abundant. Choose from a menu of quirky cafes, family-friendly clubs, reinvigorated pubs and sophisticated restaurants serving up a mix of cuisine styles in formal or casual settings.

4 Hearts Brewing Pumpyard Bar and Brewery: The first built brewery in Ipswich since 1903. Set within a heritage listed building The Pumpyard offers beers brewed on site, wine, cider and spirits. The food is focused on house made fresh local menu items. If you only ahve time to visit one Ipswich restaurant this it it.

99 Limestone Street, Ipswich 4305. ☎ (07) 3282 9076. [email protected]

Harvest Restaurant & Bar: Harvest Restaurant and Bar, in the heart of the city, is a modern Australian venue focussed on delivering quality produce from around the Ipswich region. Whether it's for a casual coffee, drink at the bar,m family dinner or special occasion, Harvest has the menu and service to suit. Open 7 days a week.

43 South Street, Ipswich 4305. ☎ (07) 3812 8077. [email protected]

Nu Orleans Bar & Restaurant: Celebrate or simply catch up over a drink. Enjoy good music, sumptuous food & delightful savouries. Open 7 days for lunch & dinner and breakfast 7am Saturday and Sunday. Book now for your wedding, parties, office functions, they can deliver to your office. High tea available upon request.

59 Limestone Street, Ipswich 4305. ☎ 0478 048 611.

Brothers Leagues Club Ipswich: Experience the Brothers Advantage. Join for as little as $3.30 and immediately recieve a $10 discount off food and beverages. And its just gets better from there. The biggest and best gaming floor in Ipswich, promotions every day, heaps of free entertainment and dining options for every occasion.

Wildey Street, Raceview 4305. ☎ (07) 3817 2999.

MEDIUMRARE Char Grill and Bar: For the BEST steaks in Ipswich, you must try MEDIUMRARE Char Grill Restaurant. Open to the public. Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6.00pm-9.00pm. Breakfast - Monday to Friday 6.30am-9.00am Saturday and Sunday 7.00am-9.30am.

250 South Station Road, Raceview 4306. ☎ (07) 3202 4622. [email protected]

Cactus Espresso Bar: Cactus provides a range of delicious breakfast and lunch options as well as fine espresso coffee. Open Monday to Friday 7.00am-3.30pm and weekends 7.00am-2.00pm. Cactus is also a great function venue for up to 50 people.

173 Brisbane Street, Ipswich 4305. ☎ (07) 3282 8299. [email protected]

Ipswich Jets Rugby League Football Club: A friendly club with a coffee shop that is open from 10.00am to close. Restaurant that opens at 11.30am for lunch and 5.30pm for dinner 7 days a week. 120 of the latest gaming machines. Coutesy buses that can get you to the club safely. Open from 10.00am daily till late. Ipswich's favourite club.

Cnr Downs & Lowry Streets, North Ipswich 4305. ☎ (07) 3202 1887. [email protected]

Platform 9 Bar and Restaurant: Platform 9 Restaurnat and Bar Ipswich is the preferred dining spot for visitors and locals alike. So whether you require a five star a-la-carte dinner or just want to pop in for a coffee with friends, Platform 9 Restaurant and Bar Ipswich is the best place in town. THe tresaurant is open 7 days 'till late/

43 South Street, Ipswich 4305. ☎ (07) 3282 8077. [email protected]

PA Hotel: Relaxed atmosphere, great place for celebrations, extensive menu, great steaks, over 30 cocktails and 24 beers on taps to choose from. Bookings essential

170 Brisbane Road, Booval 4304. ☎ (07) 3282 1577.

Noodle City: Bell Street.

Pancake Manor: 43 Brisbane Rd. ☎ (07) 3812 8900. Restaurant and Cafe. 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Subway: Brisbane Rd.

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The newest brewery is the Pumpyard Bar and Brewery, is in the former Queen Victoria Silver Jubilee Memorial Technical College which opened in 1901. Managed by James Long and Wade Curtis, who wanted to create a local brewery for the established 4 Hearts Brewing brand, Pumpyard takes its name from being in the area that was the first water source for Ipswich. Here in the funky industrial decor you can have your choice of ten taps of craft beer, the majority produced onsite. There's also an outdoor area with a shaded garden to enjoy a cold one, some delicious, locally sourced food and occasionally live acoustic music.

Ironbark Ridge Vineyard: Immerse yourself in the views. Enjoy the award winning wines including Chardonnay, Shiraz, Verdelho, and Fortified Wines. Platters, coffee & cake available. Functions welcome. Open 10.00am to 5.00pm Tuesday to Sunday and Public Holidays.

478 Middle Road, Purga 4306. ☎ (07) 5464 6787.

Helicopter Wine and Country Pub Tours: Looking to add zest to your wining and dining experience? Want to tantalise your tastebuds at some of the region's boutique wineries? Prefer the traditional Aussie Pub Crawl? How about creating unforgettable memories? It's all possible with Pterodatyl Helicopters...getting there is half the fun!

479 Lake Manchester Road, Kholo 4306. ☎ (07) 3201 0005 or 0417 727 532. [email protected]

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Best Western Ipswich: Best position, best rooms and best rates. Earn FlyBy or Quantas Frequent Flyer points while you sleep or dine. There is a heritage restaurant and piano bar.

51-55 Warwick Road. ☎ (07)3202 3111. [email protected]

Central Motel Ipswich: 14 spacious air conditioned units with their own bathroom. Free under cover parking and wireless broadband. Located in easy walking distance to Queens Park, hospitals, medical specialist centre and restaurants.

Limestone Street & Thorn Street. ☎ (07)3281 2100

Camping in Hardings Paddock: Take the family camping in an authentic natural bushland setting, just 45 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. This beautiful spot is located in a secluded section of Hardings Paddock Picnic Area, at the hub of seven great walking trails through the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate.

Carmichaels Road, Goolman 4306. ☎ (07)3281 0555. [email protected]

Ipswich Country Motel: Offering 45 well appointed, spacious rooms, the Country Motel offers friendly and professional service to ensure an enjoyable stay. Off-street and large vehicle parking, swimming pool, BBQ area, bar and restaurant make this property ideal for short or extended stays.

250 South Station Rd, Raceview. ☎ (07)3202 4622. [email protected]

Metro Hotel Ipswich International:The only 4.5 star, full service hotel in Ipswich, offering spacious and modern hotel rooms as well as family-friendly one bedroom apartments. Complimentary WiFi available to all guests. This city centre hotel is located next door to the Ipswich Civic Centre.

43 South St & Foote Lane. ☎ (07) 3812 8077. [email protected]

Mary's Place B&B: For an authentic heritage Bed & Breakfast experience in the centre of Ipswich, Mary's Place offers old-fashioned hospitality in a charming and welcoming 1928 environment. Indulge yourself in comfort and great service. Stay as little or as long as you like.

5 Court Street. ☎ 0401 358 855. [email protected]

Motel Monaco: Spend a night, not a fortune. All ground floor units, deluxe & standard air-conditioned budget rooms. Swimming pool, BBQ, complimentary Foxtel. Interconnecting rooms for groups and families. Central location - close to train station, Riverlink shopping centre and award winning Railway museum.

28 Downs Street, North Ipswich. ☎ (07)3281 4200. [email protected]

Quest Ipswich: Quest Ipswich offers 4 star self-contained studio rooms and spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments close to the CBD, Willowbank and Amberely. Complete with an outdoor pool, BBQ area, conference room and onsite parking. Suitable for families or corporate travellers staying overnight or longer.

57-63 Warwick Road. ☎ (07)3813 6000. [email protected]

Springfield Lakes Hotel: Stunning 4.5 star 20 room boutique hotel accommodation with free parking and wifi. BLVD Restaurant and Bar onsite, plus pool, laundry facilities and fitness room. Ideal place to stay for Brookwater Golf Course, functions at SpringLake Hotel, or travel to Springfield Central and surrounds.

Springfield Lakes Blvd, Springfield Lakes 4300. ☎ (07)3818 9600. [email protected]

Oaks Aspire Apartments: Oaks Aspire sets the benchmark for apartment style accommodation in the heart of Ipswich. Self-contained accommodation options include studios or spacious 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments with full kitchen and laundry amenities. Onsite facilities include a gym, lap pool, sauna, spa and BBQ area.

1 West Street, Woodend. ☎ +61 7 3246 1711. [email protected]

Spicers Hidden Vale: With 12,000 acres of destination and flavour, Spicers Hidden Vale is the perfect place to visit for a day trip or to settle in for overnight. With activities, day spa, award winning restaurant, expansive 89 bed market garden and regular concerts and events, there really is something for everyone!

617 Grandchester Mt Mort Road, Granchester 4340. ☎ (07)5465 5900. [email protected]

The Gypsy Cottage Bed & Breakfast: A delightful little old world cottage on 100 acres overlooking breathtaking views of the beautiful Bremer Valley. Situated privately on top of a hill with all the luxuries you need for a perfect romantic country getaway. Antique King size bed, claw foot bath. Gourmet breakfast hamper included.

7 Greet Road, The Bluff, Rosewood 4340. ☎ (07)5467 9032. [email protected]

Woodlands of Marburg: Set in the rolling hills of Marburg, 20 minutes drive from Ipswich, this magnificent heritage property will captivate you. Make Woodlands of Marburg your next weekend getaway. With a variety of rooms we can accommodate romantic getaways in the luxury hotel rooms, conference groups, families, and more.

174 Seminary Road, Marburg 4346. ☎ (07)5464 4777. [email protected]


Visitor Information Centre. Queens Park, Brisbane Street.(07) 3281 0555

Get out[edit]

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.

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