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Explore Ipswich's antiques, art and heritage

Discover the old world charm of Ipswich’s heritage through the historical parks and gardens, galleries and established antique stores that scatter the city. No matter your age, there is sure to be something of historical significance to suit your interests. Here you will find the best ways to learn about and explore Queensland’s oldest provincial city. 

Ipswich Antique Centre

Antique shopping at Top of the Town, Ipswich

Ipswich Antique Centre is a multi-dealer antique centre housed in a Landmark Heritage Listed Building, the 1895 Congregational Sunday School Hall. The centre is air-conditioned and has a large car park accessed off Roderick St. 

Its ever-changing range of antiques and collectables covers the full spectrum from Australian, English, country and retro furniture to jewellery, collectables, bric-a-brac, china, glassware, prints and posters, "boys' toys" and Australian pottery.

Vintage Advantage

Top of Town, Ipswich

This treasure trove of vintage goods and collectables inhabits Ipswich's narrowest shop, with mosaic tiles at the front left from its former incarnation as 1950s women’s wear store Lutvey’s. The store is home to an eclectic mix of yesteryear fashion, memorabilia and objects d’art that’ll have you happily rummaging for ages.

Cooneana Heritage Centre 

Ipswich has a rich mining history and what better way to learn about this provincial city than by a visit to the Cooneana Heritage Centre. Home to the Ipswich Historical Society, the centre contains historical photographs, artefacts and mining displays that reflect the town's convict past and aim to educate visitors on the importance of Ipswich as a historical Queensland town. 

Ipswich Heritage Trail

Floating Images hot air balloon floats through Ipswich

Ipswich is Queensland's oldest provincial city and dates from the state’s earliest colonial days. 

Established in 1827 as a convict out-station for the quarrying of limestone and farming, Ipswich soon became a busy port on the Bremer River and later grew in importance with the development of its coal mines and railways.

The Queens Park audio heritage trail is Ipswich City Council’s first audio tour and it will take you to 20 points of interest within the park. Each stop has an audio file that can be downloaded to a compatible media player or mobile phone.

Ipswich Art Gallery

Ipswich Art Gallery

For those who appreciate art (including young budding artists), take a visit to the Ipswich Art Gallery. Housed in the old town hall built in the 1860s, the gallery presents a program of changing exhibitions and heritage displays with complementary special events, limited-season performances, family activities and art workshops.

RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre

RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre Ipswich

If you're interested in military aviation history, then a visit to the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre should be the top of your bucket list. Wander through a range of displays including a World War II Boston Bomber, a Vietnam-era Canberra bomber, F-111s and even an immaculate World War II Jeep. They may be dormant now, but once upon a time these planes saw the devastation of war. 

The Workshops Rail Museum

Fun for the whole family, The Workshops Rail Museum is Australia’s oldest operating railway workshop. Hands-on exhibits and multi-media encounters bring rail to life with modern displays, train simulators, real trains to climb aboard, the Nippers Railway kid zone and the largest model railway of Queensland.

Ipswich Soldiers Memorial Hall 

Surround yourself with the memories of those who died in service or were killed during World War One at the historic Ipswich Soldiers Memorial Hall. Be transported back in time to see what life was like for the community during the world wars and bask in the sun as you stroll the adjoinging garden to find information stands hidden among the shrubs – pick the volunteers minds for extra interesting facts. 

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