As the birthplace of rail in Queensland, Ipswich has a proud and rich history that dates back to the days of the convicts and colonialism of the 1820s. Attracting visitors to its vast green spaces, heritage buildings and growing cosmopolitan dining options, Ipswich's urban charm holds an ever-present appeal.... more
Brisbane Street, in the heart of the city, has one of the longest stretches of heritage facade in Australia and is home to the Old Flour Mill building, built in 1902 and now a quaint cafe that also offers antiques and collectables.
Retrace the journey of the first Cobb and Co Stagecoach or take control of train simulators and relive the romance of rail. Take to the skies with a scenic helicopter flight or wander the expansive Queen Park in the city centre.
Whether you're looking for family friendly fun, outdoor adventure, adrenaline action, pure indulgence or a glimpse back to bygone days, Ipswich is well worth a day trip or weekend getaway.... less
How To Get There
Ipswich is only 45 minutes by road from Brisbane City, 1 hour from the Gold Coast and 1 hour from Brisbane Airport.
Ipswich is easily accessible from the Brisbane International & Domestic Airports. Ipswich is a 60 minute drive from the airports or visitors can take a bus or the Airtrain.
Airtrain is the quick and easy way to transfer from the domestic and international airports. Sit back in air-conditioned comfort and take the express pathway to Brisbane before changing at Roma Street or Central Stations for your journey through to Ipswich.
Airport Express operates a door-to-door airport bus shuttle service to/from Brisbane Domestic and International airports. Bookings are essential and must be made 2 full working days prior to the service being provided. Bookings and payment can be made by contacting the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre.
The Brisbane Citytrain network provides regular connections from Ipswich to Brisbane and connections to the Gold and Sunshine Coast rail lines. For more information about train timetables and fares go to the web site.
Ipswich is located at the nexus of five major arterial roads allowing for easy access.
From the East: The Ipswich Motorway links Ipswich to Brisbane.
From the South-East: The Logan Motorway links Ipswich to the Gold Coast and Pacific Highway from New South Wales, along with the Gateway Motorway from Brisbane Airport and Sunshine Coast.
Daily bus connections are available from the Brisbane Transit Centre in Brisbane. For more information contact the Brisbane Transit Centre.
For the convenience of a private transfer, book a limousine or luxury coach depending on the number of people. For limousine transfers contact Event Limousines or Ultimate Limousines. Southern Cross Transit, with a fleet of luxury mini-buses and coaches, can be contacted on phone or via their web site for small or large group transfers. Bookings are essential for all private transfers
Must See and Do
1 Wine Tasting
Taste full-bodied reds and refreshing whites at Warrego Wines, Normanby Wines and Ironbark Ridge Vineyard.
2 Queens Park
Queens Park offers a family day out with beautiful gardens, a nature centre, children's play facilities and a state-of-the-art playground.
3 The Workshops Rail Museum
Take the controls of the train simulators and see how Queensland Rail maintains its heritage fleet in behind-the-scenes tours at the Australian Tourism award-winning museum.
4 Hot Air Balloon
Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights allow you to view the fields and valleys of the Scenic Rim and the heritage city of Ipswich from above.
5 Hot Laps
Take on a fast and furious V8 race experience around the championship track of the Queensland Raceway.
6 Horse Riding
Enjoy horse riding and experience the outback lifestyle at Spicers Hidden Vale - a boutique getaway located on a 12,000 acre working cattle station.
7 Train Trip
Take a steam or diesel train between Swanbank and Bundamba Racecourse with Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway.
8 Motorcycle Museum
Visit the Australian Motorcycle Museum - home to a unique collection of 200+ motorcycles, dating back as far as 1905.
9 Woodlands of Marburg
Enjoy wine tasting in a historic mansion overlooking Marburg Valley.
10 Helicopter Winery Tours
Pterodactyl Helicopters offers scenic joy flights from Woodlands of Marburg, Warrego Wines, the Sundowner Hotel Haigslea and Australian Motorcycle Museum
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