Top 10 things to do in Ipswich

Robelle Domain water park
Floating Images hot air balloon floats through Ipswich

Ipswich is Queensland’s oldest provincial city so, when you visit, expect a memorable experience. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a place that celebrates family and the joys of being young better than Ipswich.

1. Explore the romance of rail

The Workshops Rail Museum is a must-visit in the city of Ipswich. The museum offers an interactive authentic heritage and cultural experience at Australia’s oldest workshop still in operation. History comes alive with hands-on exhibits, multimedia displays as well as huge steam locomotives and massive industrial machinery. It’s also fantastic for kids, offering brilliant displays such as A Day Out With Thomas. 

2. Explore green spaces

Ipswich offers more than 500 parks, with Queens Park being a highlight. A great playground, plenty of free barbecues, lots of open space, free entry to the Ipswich Nature Centre and a stroll through the tranquil Nerima Gardens are part of the offering of this iconic park.

3. Get arty

Art lovers will enjoy the Ipswich Art Gallery, especially if they have little ones in tow. Special exhibitions and workshops are scheduled throughout the year and children can unleash their creativity on the “paint machines” all year.

4. Practise your swing

Like to keep active while taking in the sights? Ipswich’s Brookwater Golf Course was designed by Greg Norman and is recognised as the best public access golf course in Queensland. 

5. Let out your inner revhead

Get your motor running at the Australian Motorcycle Museum, a private collection of more than 200 bikes ranging from 1905 through to the current era, and covering a wide selection of models and brands from around the world. 

6. Flying high

Really live the high life with Pterodactyl Helicopters - the only company in South East Queensland offering winery tours by helicopter. Standard landing sites are Warrego Wines, Woodlands of Marburg, the Australian Motorcycle Museum and the Sundowner Hotel. 

7. Go on a scenic balloon ride

Brisbane’s only accredited hot air balloon operator Floating Images offers passengers stunning views while floating over the heritage city of Ipswich, the Scenic Rim and Somerset countryside. Not to be missed!

8. Playful parks

Another great energy burner is the Robelle Domain. This park is a little paradise for families, and features equipment that combines play with the excitement of electronic gaming, and a zero depth water park including a large tipping bucket and jet sprays and spurts. There are 5km of pedestrian and bike paths, and an early evening sound and light show will cap off the day.

9. Natural encounters

Native animals on the agenda? At the Ipswich Nature Centre, families can wander through re-created animal habitats. Emus, wallabies, wombats, dingoes, cockatoos and cute bilbies are the star attractions and so too are the walk-through aviary and the nursery farm animals. It is located in Queens Park, one of the first parks in Queensland, and entry is free.

10. Retail therapy

For a relaxing day out, the Top of Town is a snazzy precinct of cafes, boutiques, hotels and wine bars, occupying two blocks of Ipswich's oldest and best-maintained heritage buildings.