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Brassall Heights: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Haig Street Quarry Conservation Reserve


Located only 6 kilometres from the Ipswich Central Business District, the Haig Street Quarry Conservation Reserve is an oasis in the suburbs and home to many water birds that live in and around the Quarry Pond.

The reserve is a great place for bird-watching, especially along the aptly named Willy Wagtail Circuit, and the Tom Craik Lookout is perfect for viewing the planes taking off and landing at the Amberley RAAF Base.

Picnic spots including picnic shelters, a playground, toilets and nearby parking the Haig Street Quarry Conservation Reserve an ideal location for a day in the bush.




Brassall, QLD, 4305

Located 0.6K from Brassall Heights

Kholo Gardens


A picturesque retreat into nature seven kilometres from the Ipswich Central Business District is the peaceful Kholo Gardens at Pine Mountain. It's an unexpected delight to explore with its lush gardens, crystal clear lily pond, bush walks and open spaces. Giant Kauri trees and Hoop Pines planted by early settlers, rare birds and plants, and the nearby Brisbane River all make this a special place to spend some time. It's also a sacred site for the indigenous Jagera, Yuggera and Ugarapul People.

At this subtropical haven, you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the 400 metre walk through Tree Fern Lane under a natural rainforest canopy. The more energetic can try the steeper 800 metre Coal Creek Walk - aptly named seeing as the earliest recordings of coal in the area were made here in 1825.

Formerly the site of a water pumping station, Kholo Gardens has an historic well onsite as well as a charming little old church, relocated here in 1990 from Redbank. With that and a stunningly restored Queenslander nearby, you can see why this is a popular venue for weddings and other functions. There are also barbecues, picnic tables and public toilets.





243 Riverside Drive
Muirlea, QLD, 4306

Located 2.6K from Brassall Heights

The Workshops Rail Museum


The acclaimed, award-winning Museum should be on every Ipswich visitor's to-do list. Steeped in history - it was once the workplace of over 3,000 railway workers and visitors enter via the historic Timekeepers' Building - it merges the romance of yesteryear with the exciting technological breakthroughs of the present.

The old boilershop houses the museum, where you're dwarfed by beautifully restored locomotives and carriages, and where kids and kids at heart will marvel at Queensland's largest model railway featuring detailed real-life scenes of the state.

The interactive Nippers' Railway will keep youngsters enthralled for ages with activities such as driving a train and collecting tickets, and a popular exhibit for older ages is the Diesel Revolution where you take the controls of the diesel locomotive simulator. You can also soak up the romance of a bygone era walking through an historic refreshment carriage, or peer into the opulent Vice-Regal carriage to see how the Governor travelled.

Heritage Railway Workshops tours happen twice a day, and the place is packed during school holidays, with the popular Day out with Thomas programs running during the winter school holidays.




North Street
North Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 3.1K from Brassall Heights

Ipswich Riverlink Shopping Centre


Riverlink is Ipswich's main shopping centre, hosting major stores Target, Kmart, Woolworths, Coles and Aldi. Mini majors include Best and Less, Healthyworld Pharmacy and JB HiFi while some 140 specialty stores complete the retail mix.

Located on the banks of the Bremer River, Riverlink is a heritage site and a short walk to the city's CBD across a purpose built walk bridge.

The centre is also home to Limelight Cinemas, boasting "The Lounge" which is serviced by catered dining and luxurious seating.

A restaurant precinct overlooks the river reflecting amazing sunsets and at night, becoming a romantic and magical sight. It's the perfect place to dine, particularly in the warmer months when cooling breezes from the river chase the heat of the day.

The site was originally Ipswich's first railway workshop and even today, beautiful old steam trains are shunted across the river, passing between Riverlink's two shopping malls. It's a real treat for shoppers to see these old beauties and many photos are taken.

With over 2,800 car parks (most of them undercover), it is a convenient destination and is also serviced by an on site bus interchange and taxi rank with a short walk to the railway station.




Corner Downs St and the Terrace
North Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 3.7K from Brassall Heights

Brassall Heights: Events

Christmas Express


Join Santa on a festive return steam train journey to historic Grandchester station.

Departing at 10 am from the Museum platform, enjoy a 2.5 hour journey through the scenic countryside.

When you arrive at Grandchester station, see the steam locomotive turned around for the journey home.

Bookings are essential and passengers are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.

Departs and returns to The Workshops Rail Museum platform
Departure time: 10 am
Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours


Event Dates
2017
      9th Dec


North Street
North Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 3.1K from Brassall Heights

After Dark: Science Fusion


Eats, beats, and drinks - see what really happens at the Museum after dark.

Celebrate National Science Week with a night time adventure at the Museum. Join them for live music, food, drinks and an array of science innovations to inspire your inner chic geek. Explore the Museum to see what innovations science has to offer, including hands on activities, demonstrations and pop-up shows. You will have the opportunity to hear from the science experts, experiment with technology, kick back to live music, indulge your tastebuds and see the Museum like never before.


Event Dates
2017
      11th Aug


North Street
North Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 3.2K from Brassall Heights

A Room for Wild Animals


Get up close to 20 taxidermy specimens including big cats, bears and deer.

In this Ipswich first, these large specimens have been pulled out of the Queensland Museum vaults so we can learn more about them.

Today they speak on behalf of their living relatives, teaching us about wildlife diversity around the world, and invite us to think about animal habitat protection and conservation.

The exhibition features a lion, tiger, jaguar, cheetah, polar bear, brown bear, black bear, moose, buffalo, deer and antelope.

Included with Museum entry.


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North Street
North Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 3.2K from Brassall Heights

National Science Week: Wild


Celebrate National Science Week at the The Workshops Rail Museum with a range of activities and programming aimed at kids and school groups. Additional programs will run alongside their exhibitions to get your little ones inspired by science!

For schools (free of charge, weekdays 14-18 August):
Wild Rangers Wildlife Encounters Show
Animal Academy: Animal Adaption Workshop
Think Like a Scientist: Classification and Biodiversity Workshop

For kids:
Creation Station
A Room for Wild Animals Exhibition
Big Mammal Trail
Animals Match-Up Trail

Note: All activities are available for visitors to enjoy, but school groups must make a booking to attend the two workshops. See their website for further prices, ticketing and information.


Event Dates
2017
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North Street
Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 3.2K from Brassall Heights

Grandchester Express


Get on-board this return steam train journey to historic Grandchester station. Add Museum entry and make a whole day out.

During this two and a half hour return trip, passengers have the option to disembark at Grandchester station and explore the grounds, watch the locomotive be uncoupled from its train and ran around for its return trip.

Bookings are essential and passengers are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.

Departs and returns to The Workshops Rail Museum platform.

Departure time: 10am

Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours


Event Dates
2017
      30th Sep


North Street
North Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 3.2K from Brassall Heights

Museum Twilight Markets


The Museum Twilight Markets is Ipswich's newest event destination!

Combining quality handmade market stalls, food vendors, a licensed bar, a free craft workshop, children's entertainment, live music and torchlight tours of The Workshops Rail Museum, the Museum Twilight Markets are a great event for the whole family!

Torchlight tours will be running throughout the evening at a cost of just AUD10 per person. Limited spots are available with bookings available on the night.

Presented in partnership with BrisStyle.


Event Dates
2017
      25th Aug
      20th Oct
      15th Dec


North Street
North Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 3.2K from Brassall Heights

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