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.
Queensland railways has 1/2 hour train services from Brisbane.
Translink services (Go Cards)
Travelling to Ipswich
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
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 www.translink.com.au
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 www.airtrain.com.au
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)
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:
Silver Service: ☎ 13 3100
Multi Taxi (6 passengers): ☎ 13 3554
Maxi Taxi (Wheelchair accessible): ☎ 13 6294
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.
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 www.ipswichhistoricalsociety.com
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 www.ipswichantiquecentre.com.au
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 (www.ipswichheritagetrails.com.au) or hire a pre-loaded MP3 player from the Ipswich Visitor Information Center or Queens Park Cafe.
Ipswich Cup: 14 June. 219 Brisbane Rd, Bundamba QLD 4304 ☎ (07) 3282 1500 ipswichturfclub.com.au Workshops Rail Museum http://www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au/
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: www.ipswichmassage.com.au
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 www.sangdayspa.com
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. www.ironbarkridge.com.au 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 (www.scenicrimwines.com.au) and travelling from one to another is a sensational experience in itself.
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. www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au
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. www.ipswichartgallery.qld.gov.au
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.
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. http://www.uq.edu.au/ipswich/
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.
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. www.riverlink.net.au
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:
Peak Organics Farm Gate Market: Mount Flinders Road, Peak Crossing, Ivory's Rock Conventions & Events Centre. ☎ (07)3288 8945. peakorganics.com.au
The Old Flour Mill Twilight Markets: 227-231 Brisbane Street, Ipswich, The Old Flour Mill. theoldflourmillmarkets.com
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. ipswichshow.com.au
The Handmade Expo: Cooney Avenue, Bundamba, Ipswich Turf Club. ☎ 0488 791 379. thehandmadeexpo.com.au
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.
99 Limestone Street, Ipswich 4305. ☎ (07) 3282 9076. [email protected]
43 South Street, Ipswich 4305. ☎ (07) 3812 8077. [email protected]
59 Limestone Street, Ipswich 4305. ☎ 0478 048 611. nuorleans.com.au
Wildey Street, Raceview 4305. ☎ (07) 3817 2999. brothersipswich.com.au
250 South Station Road, Raceview 4306. ☎ (07) 3202 4622. [email protected]
173 Brisbane Street, Ipswich 4305. ☎ (07) 3282 8299. [email protected]
Cnr Downs & Lowry Streets, North Ipswich 4305. ☎ (07) 3202 1887. [email protected]
43 South Street, Ipswich 4305. ☎ (07) 3282 8077. [email protected]
170 Brisbane Road, Booval 4304. ☎ (07) 3282 1577. www.char-d.com.au
Noodle City: Bell Street.
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.
478 Middle Road, Purga 4306. ☎ (07) 5464 6787. www.ironbarkridge.com.au
479 Lake Manchester Road, Kholo 4306. ☎ (07) 3201 0005 or 0417 727 532. [email protected]
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]
Limestone Street & Thorn Street. ☎ (07)3281 2100 centralmotelipswich.com
Carmichaels Road, Goolman 4306. ☎ (07)3281 0555. [email protected]
250 South Station Rd, Raceview. ☎ (07)3202 4622. [email protected]
43 South St & Foote Lane. ☎ (07) 3812 8077. [email protected]
5 Court Street. ☎ 0401 358 855. [email protected]
28 Downs Street, North Ipswich. ☎ (07)3281 4200. [email protected]
57-63 Warwick Road. ☎ (07)3813 6000. [email protected]
Springfield Lakes Blvd, Springfield Lakes 4300. ☎ (07)3818 9600. [email protected]
1 West Street, Woodend. ☎ +61 7 3246 1711. [email protected]
617 Grandchester Mt Mort Road, Granchester 4340. ☎ (07)5465 5900. [email protected]
7 Greet Road, The Bluff, Rosewood 4340. ☎ (07)5467 9032. [email protected]
174 Seminary Road, Marburg 4346. ☎ (07)5464 4777. [email protected]
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.