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Blackstone: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Booval War Memorial


One of Australia's best known sculptors, Daphne Mayo, is believed to have created the Booval WWI memorial while apprenticed to Ipswich monumental mason Frank Williams. The memorial, a slightly smaller than life-sized soldier standing on a plinth, was unveiled on 15 February 1919 by Governor Sir Hamilton Goold-Adams.

The marble and granite memorial honours the 221 local men who served during WWI.

A committee representing the Ipswich suburbs of Booval, Silkstone, Newtown and Raceview had raised ?499 through entertainment and public subscriptions during the previous year. A voluntary 'working bee' had prepared the foundations.

War had delayed Daphne Mayo from taking up a travelling scholarship and she bided her time learning the art of carving with Williams. The Booval statue is attributed to her because of timing and the strong resemblance it bears to a model she made. Its style echoes Williams'.

Mayo's work includes the Brisbane City Hall tympanum and the Queensland Women's War Memorial in Brisbane's ANZAC Square.

Plaques honouring 16 local men who died in WWII as well as tributes to later conflicts have since been added.




Green Street
Booval, QLD, 4304

Located 1.9K from Blackstone

Cooneana Heritage Centre


If you're into local history and traditional craftsmanship then put a visit to Ipswich's historic Cooneana Homestead on your itinerary. Home to the Ipswich Historical Society and Spinners and Weavers, Cooneana Heritage Centre houses historical photographs, memorabilia, artefacts and mining displays that showcase the rich and diverse history of Ipswich - Queensland's oldest provincial city.

Explore Jim Donald House - a fine example of a Workers Cottage - which has been faithfully restored and furnished to reflect the period - 1890s to early 1900s - when this architectural style was popular. In the classroom area of the museum. children can experience an olden time classroom complete with "engraved" wooden desks and slate boards - a great experience for school groups. Ipswich's important mining history is also represented with indoor and outdoor exhibits and the traditional crafts of spinning and weaving can be seen on Thursdays.

Cooneana Heritage Centre is open every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from March until November inclusive, from 10am-2pm. Regular trading hours include Thursday and Saturday from 10am-2pm.




1041 Redbank Plains Road
New Chum, QLD, 4303

Located 2.2K from Blackstone

Limestone Park


If it's wide, green, open spaces you're looking for in Ipswich, Limestone Park at Eastern Heights, just a few minutes from the Central Business District, has plenty of room for all sorts of outdoor activities. It's proof that you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a great time.

Used regularly for team sports events with facilities suitable for soccer, football, cricket, athletics and netball, Limestone Park has picnic tables and barbecues with drinking water, gazebos and other shelters so the whole family can enjoy the pleasant surroundings. Bring along a ball to kick around the large area so the kids can run themselves ragged, and there's also playground equipment for the younger ones.

It's not unusual to see local walkers and joggers enjoying Limestone Park, including with strollers and pet dogs joining in on the exercise. There are recreational pathways and strength and agility stations, along with car parking, disabled access and public toilets. You can also hold a sporting event at Bill Paterson Oval by prearrangement with Ipswich Little Athletics.





42a Chermside Road
Ipswich City, QLD, 4305

Located 2.8K from Blackstone

Nerima Gardens


Tucked away in Ipswich's gracious and historical Queens Park is Nerima Gardens - Japanese gardens designed in consultation with Ipswich's Japanese sister city, Nerima. This idyllic retreat is a wonderful way to wind down your visit to Queens Park or take a break between enjoying its other numerous attractions.

The picture-perfect self-contained gardens sit behind the historic caretaker's cottage and feature a series of winding paths through fir trees and Australian native plants - some of which are indigenous to Ipswich. There, you'll really appreciate the serenity and aesthetic beauty of the pretty flowers, and experience a model traditional Japanese tea house and a small verandah overlooking a stream. There are also boardwalks over an ornamental lake where you can feel the tranquillity of being serenaded by constant running water.

Nerima's design takes the visitor on a journey of discovery, with the lower section portraying the ocean and Moreton Bay, while the upper area represents the Ipswich region with its undulating landscape, vegetation and river.

Nerima Gardens is a welcome and relaxing haven along with Queens Park's children's playground, the Ipswich Nature Centre, Queens Park Caf? and the Environmental Education Centre.





Queens Park,
Goleby Avenue
Ipswich City, QLD, 4305

Located 2.9K from Blackstone

Ipswich Nature Centre


Ipswich Nature Centre in Ipswich's historical Queens Park offers a magical opportunity to get up close and personal with Australian native wildlife. For 80 years, locals and visitors have been able to see animals on this site, and the twenty-first century version is up there with the best of wildlife refuges. And to make the cute and furry animals feel as at home as possible, there are lush landscaped gardens and exhibits that have been recreated to represent local bushland and flora communities.

A handsome rotunda built in 1891 is the entrance to the Centre, which asks for a donation of a gold coin as entry fee to help with the upkeep of the animals. From there, you stroll on shady walkways and enjoy the cute native residents such as wombats, wallabies, emus, quolls, and a nocturnal bilby exhibit. A vibrant rainforest bird aviary is alive with colour and sound, and youngsters will have a ball in the barn which has calves, lambs, pigs and guinea pigs.

Open six days a week and near the Japanese Nerima Gardens within Queens Park, the Ipswich Nature Centre is perfect family-friendly fun.





Queens Park,
Goleby Avenue
Ipswich City, QLD, 4305

Located 2.9K from Blackstone

Queens Park In Ipswich


For a park with the true trademark heritage feel of Ipswich, you can't go past Queens Park. One of the oldest parks in Queensland - a monument there was erected in 1864 - you can sense the history in the rocks beneath your feet and in the grand, established shady trees.

As you descend the hill entering Ipswich Central from the east, you can't help be impressed with this gracious, green expanse. The playground alone is worth a stop - with the city's coal mining history as its inspiration, the impressive design features a flying fox, fixed model train, Liberty Swing for people in wheelchairs to enjoy a ride and water pumps to cool off. You won't be able to drag the kids away.

The Environmental Education Centre is connected to the indoor-outdoor Queens Park Caf?, where you can satisfy your hunger cravings before heading off to the renowned Ipswich Nature Centre (opened in 1936) to view cute and furry animals such as wombats, bilbies and quolls. Nearby is the heritage-listed Incinerator Theatre, designed by Walter Burley-Griffin and home to the Ipswich Little Theatre. To complete your visit, stroll around the beautiful and relaxing Japanese Nerima Gardens.





10A Milford Street,
Queens Park
Ipswich City, QLD, 4305

Located 3.0K from Blackstone

Blackstone: Events

Golden Jubilee Celebration


You are invited to a birthday party to celebrate 50 years since the Ipswich Historical Society was formed. There will be something for the whole family - free entry, activities for the children including a magician, display and sales stalls, affordable delicious food, entertainment, and of course a birthday cake. Local historians and community groups such as the Genealogical Society will be there to answer your questions. Interesting history talks will take place throughout the day.

The museum is full of local history, the furnished miner's cottage will be on display, Cooneana Homestead (currently being restored) will be open to visitors. Lots more to see and do - bush poet - stilt walkers - musical ensemble from West Moreton College, the Huntsman, and a reverse strip by the Queensland Colonial Association. There will be a simulated mines rescue, mines displays and the historic motorcycle club and the spinners and weavers will be there for you.

The evening's entertainment includes the OuttaWak group. Nick the Magician, the Amberley Brass band and others will entertain during the day. Gates open at 10am and do not close until 8pm so come and go as you please. Do not miss this event!


Event Dates
2016
      8th Oct


1041 Redbank Plains Road,
1041 Redbank Plains Road
New Chum, QLD, 4303

Located 2.3K from Blackstone

The Forgotten Industry - Woollen Manufacture!


Little is recorded about the three Ipswich woollen mills. Ipswich Historical Society is filling this gap in the city's heritage by compiling a history of this forgotten industry. Can you help?

Did you work in an Ipswich woollen mill?
What did you do there?
Did you do shift work?
If so, did it impact on your family life?
Did you work in the office?
What social activities were organised for the workers?

Come and share your memories over a delicious morning tea on Sunday June 26 from 10am until 2pm.

For catering purposes, it would be wonderful if you would rsvp by Wednesday 22 June to Sandi by phone or email.




1041 Redbank Plains Road,
1041 Redbank Plains Road
New Chum, QLD, 4303

Located 2.3K from Blackstone

Food, Art and Music - Dinner and Exhibition


This will be a night to remember where they bring the best of Ipswich's local talent to meet the public.

Start the evening with wine and cheese, mingling with the artists and browse the pop up art gallery whilst listening to live Jazz music.

Enjoy unique art work from a variety of local artists using a number of art forms including mosaic, sculpture, painting, photography and music.

Finish off relaxing in venue amongst the artwork while enjoying an Italian buffet of pizza, pasta and salads.

The featured artists are:
Jude Askew - Glass Mocaics
Nina Florence - Ceramics, Sculpture, Music
Gayle Wedemeyer - Local creative photograper
GVR - Painting and ceramics
Mark Plumb - Sculptor
Lady G and Gwyneth Rosenlund - Jazz musician/singer

A percentage of funds raised will be donated to the Ipswich District Artist Fund.

One night only.


Event Dates
2016
      30th Jun


43 Brisbane Road
Newtown, QLD, 4305

Located 2.5K from Blackstone

Blackstone: Travel Tips

Ipswich Visitor Information Centre


The Ipswich Visitor Information Centre is located at Queens Park on Queen Victoria Parade in Ipswich.

This multi-award winning Visitor Information Centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures and travel planning. With a Team of passionate, knowledgeable locals to provide insights into the things to see and do in the Ipswich region, a visit to the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre is a must.

Included in a long list of visitor services are a free booking service for accommodation and tours; a great selection of souvenirs and local arts and crafts; free parking for cars, caravans and coaches; cafe for light refreshments; and free wi-fi internet access. There's even a shower for the long-haul travellers.






Queens Park,
14 Queen Victoria Parade
Ipswich City, QLD, 4305

Located 3.0K from Blackstone

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