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Getting To Ipswich
Top 10 things to do in Ipswich
30km, 30-minute drive from Brisbane CBD
Ipswich has a rich history as well as a vibrant cultural scene, making it an ideal destination for a weekend drive. Queensland’s oldest provincial city provides a well-preserved link to the past through gracious old buildings, beautiful parks and a creatively quirky food and shopping precinct, known to locals as the Top of Town. Start with coffee or brunch before heading out to explore more than 5000ha of parkland and conservation estates by foot, bike or horse.
Older than the city of Brisbane, Ipswich is just a half-hour drive but a world away in terms of things to do, places to explore and heritage to uncover.
The food and drink scene in Ipswich has grown, offering everything from cafes to bars, breweries and restaurants.
For those who haven’t been to Queensland’s oldest provincial city, you’re in for an experience that spans from exploring its heritage-listed beauty to full-on family fun.
For those who like to take it easy in the morning with a freshly brewed coffee and a sweet or savoury treat to banish the hunger pangs, you can’t go past one of these cafes in Ipswich.
Discover the old world charm of Ipswich’s heritage through the historical parks and gardens, galleries and established antique stores that scatter the city.
Ipswich has a variety of accommodation styles to suit all tastes and budgets. Rest your head on a plush pillow at one of these hotels, homestays or bed & breakfasts and wake up fresh the next morning, ready to explore.
Spice up your visit to Ipswich with a thrilling tour of a lifetime courtesy of an unforgettable Pterodactyl Helicopters experience. Just imagine the excitement as you lift off, with friendly Captain Mike Jarvis taking you over the Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Logan and Redlands regions.
Beer and gourmet food lovers travel from near and far to Pumpyard Bar and Brewery in the eclectic Top of Town area of the Ipswich Central Business District. Situated in the historic former Technical College, which opened in 1901, Pumpyard has won an enviable reputation as the place to go for top quality, locally brewed beer and plenty of atmosphere.
A visit to Ipswich isn't complete without checking out its award-winning Ipswich Art Gallery. Occupying a beautifully restored heritage building in the Ipswich Central Business District that was the first town hall built in Queensland, the gallery has an enviable collection of over 2000 works.
The Handmade Expo is a monthly ‘Handmade, hand-crafted, home-baked, artisans’ market that is a permanent and widely attended fixture on the Events calendar at Bundamba in Ipswich.
Get up close to 20 taxidermy specimens including big cats, bears and deer.
See this stunning photographic display featuring 20 incredible images of the reef and its inhabitants.
Explore the connection that objects have to family, country and culture through the personal memories and experiences of 12 indigenous artists and educators.
The exhibition presents an immersive collection of video and sculptural work by artist Justene Williams. Her largest and most ambitious undertaking to date.
The BrisStyle Museum Twilight Markets return with their signature range of handmade markets, food trucks and soothing sounds.
The Friends of the Ipswich Art Gallery invite you to join them in a hands-on workshop creating traditional Japanese kanzashi flowers from fabric.
IAG presents a day of creative and experimental drawing. Try to capture the illusion of movement, test your hand at different materials and techniques.
Halloween family fun, food, freaky games and hell-fire displays.
See the museum showcased with free entry for Ipswich residents.