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A thriving city in own right, Ipswich has much to offer the visitor. Build it into your itinerary and you will be rewarded with an interesting mix of old world charm and modern city living.

For lovers of history, Ipswich is the ultimate heritage experience. The State’s oldest provincial city, Ipswich is renowned for its architectural, cultural and natural heritage. And with it being an easy 45 minutes journey from downtown Brisbane by train, it’s the perfect place for a day’s adventure. Plan ahead and book the kids on a steam train ride, then continue the rail theme by visiting ‘The Workshops,’ an interactive railway museum. Discover the city’s graceful colonial homes, superb old churches and historic sandstone buildings on a heritage walking tour.

There’s certainly no shortage of activity in Ipswich – you can learn to gypsy tap at an old-time country dance or stay out late partying at a city club. By day, why not tackle the Brookwater Golf Club, a picturesque and challenging Championship course designed by Greg Norman.

When it comes to dining, tuck into the generous servings of a counter lunch at a charming country pub, discover the emerging dining scene at one of many appetising restaurants. The wine industry is quickly developing in Ipswich, some vineyards already winning awards, so make sure you visit the Warrego, Normanby and Irin Bark Ridge estates.

Culturally, Ipswich is a flourishing arts centre, home to inspiring festivals, galleries, music and art. Treat your senses to a new art experience at the Ipswich Art Gallery, the kids can try their hand at electronic finger-painting while you take in an exhibition. Soothe the soul at a performance by an award-winning choir, take a walk to discover the landscape and sights that inspired Ipswich’s very own Archibald Prize winner Davida Allen.

Activites and Experiences at Ipswich

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley.
  • Ambulance
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities
  • Bottled Gas
  • Chemist
  • Cinema/Theatre
  • Licensed Club
  • Service Club
  • Coach Stop
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dentist
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Public Bar
  • Dog Kennels/Catteries
  • Mechanical Services
  • Medical Facilities
  • Newsagent
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Rail Terminal
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Takeaway Food
  • Tennis Court
  • Visitor Centres
  • Winery
  • Places of Worship
  • Adventure Follow a canoe trail along the Brisbane or Bremer Rivers.
  • The Arts Global Arts Link.
  • Aussie Lifestyle
  • Caravan and Camping
  • City Shopping centres and city restaurants.
  • Rural/Country
  • Cultural
  • Educational
  • Farm/Station Lillydale Host Farm.
  • Fishing
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Food and Wine
  • Gambling Poker machines throughout pubs and clubs.
  • Golf
  • Historic/Heritage The Workshops Railway Museum, historic country areas of Rosewood, Marbug and Grandchester.
  • Homestay
  • Honeymoon
  • Indulgence/Luxury
  • Nature based
  • Nightlife
  • Off road
  • Pub Stay
  • Rail The Workshops Railway Museum.
  • Romance Peppers Hidden Vale Retreat.
  • Shopping
  • Water based
  • Wildlife
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • Brisbane Marketing

Nearest Airport: Brisbane Airport

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