With gracious heritage buildings lining the streets, and set amongst 500 hectares of parkland, Ipswich is Queensland’s oldest provincial city. Less than an hour’s drive southwest of Brisbane, this satellite city makes the perfect day trip, and is full of hidden secrets and new experiences waiting to be uncovered. See the city’s own hot spots and venture to surrounding trails and mountain lookouts.

Things to do

The Workshops Rail Museum:

All aboard for a wholly interactive authentic heritage and cultural experience located at Australia’s oldest railway workshops still in operation.

Cobb+Co Museum:

Step back in time and explore the wonders of Cobb+Co Museum’s beautiful interactive displays and hands-on workshops.

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Top of Town:

This historical stretch of cafés, restaurants, vintage stores, clothing boutiques, a luxury spa, homewares and collectibles is perfect for those seeking something a little different.

Ipswich Nature Centre:

Home to a range of native Australian animals including dingoes, wallabies and bilbies as well as cute farm animals, you can enjoy walking around the shady boardwalks for free, or book an Animal Encounter during school holidays.