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Bundamba: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Ebbw Vale Memorial Park


In the Ipswich suburb of Ebbw Vale, the memory of young men cut down in their prime in WWI lingers by a football field. The AL Petrie soldier statue memorial was originally unveiled near Ebbw Vale railway station on 14 May 1918. It was relocated in 1969 to Ebbw Vale Memorial Park, once known as the Whitwood grounds, named after a local colliery which had fielded two soccer teams since the 1890s.

Among the 22 names of those who enlisted in WWI are soccer team members William Jeffrey, Peter Jeffrey, H Mills and LW Breslin.

Unlike other states which favoured more architectural monuments, many Queensland communities chose the soldier statue for its traits of youth, masculinity, loyalty, bravery and innocence.

Soccer is still played on the grounds, along with cricket, softball and touch football and major community gatherings.




Brisbane Road
Ebbw Vale, QLD, 4304

Located 0.8K from Bundamba

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 3.4K from Bundamba

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.





1041 Redbank Plains Road
New Chum, QLD, 4303

Located 3.5K from Bundamba

Bob Gamble Park - River Heart Parklands


In recent years, Ipswich has really made the most of its river with fabulous new attractions such as Bob Gamble Park. The previously unused riverbank areas along the Bremer are now home to the River Heart Parklands, of which this was unveiled as Stage 2.

Bob Gamble Park, with its shade sails, has all you need for a cooling day out, with a zero-depth water park for the kids to splash around in and even ride their bikes through, and play equipment including a climbing spider. There's a 25-metre flying fox so youngsters can practise being Tarzan, and swings suitable for toddlers right up to long rope 'logs' for groups to ride. Add to that the thriving Discovery Forest with balance beams, forts, wooden totem poles and a bridge across a dry creek bed, and you won't be able to drag yourself or the kids away.

There are ample picnic and barbecue facilities so everyone can satisfy the appetite they've built up with all of that energetic fun. Well-maintained toilets and showers are also on hand to make your day out one of complete contentment and comfort.





2 Blackall Street
Ipswich City, QLD, 4305

Located 4.6K from Bundamba

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 4.9K from Bundamba

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 5.0K from Bundamba

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 5.0K from Bundamba

Incinerator Theatre


If you're a theatre lover, appreciate architecture, or both, the Incinerator Theatre is a must-do when you're in Ipswich. Yes, it was originally used to burn waste and opened in 1936 as the Ipswich Municipal Incinerator. It's also renowned for being the only building in Queensland designed by Walter Burley Griffin, who also designed the city of Canberra.
Luckily, after the incinerator was decommissioned in the early 1960s, the Ipswich Little Theatre convinced the council not to demolish the historically significant building. It became their home in 1969. Since then, it's entertained Ipswich locals and visitors with its sell-out plays in the charming and intimate setting for 80 people. It's all wheelchair-accessible including the courtyard and toilet facilities.
The heritage-listed Incinerator Theatre is the only example of Burley Griffin's work in Queensland and the former chimney stacks are visible from Ipswich's beautiful Queens Park to which it's adjacent, so you can combine a visit with its various attractions. Take your chances that the theatre's open for rehearsals or cleaning and pop in for a look, or book one of the tours that operate between April and September that include a short play and meal package.





Burley Griffin Drive
Ipswich City, QLD, 4305

Located 5.2K from Bundamba

Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve


A wonderful way to cool down and enjoy the great outdoors in Ipswich is at Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve. The crossing is a low-lying bridge that crosses the Brisbane River in the suburb of Chuwar, and this long-time favourite with locals and visitors has all you need for a relaxing day out for all ages.

Although Colleges Crossing has been severely damaged by floods in recent years, each time it's bounced back bigger and better, meaning that many of the facilities are fairly new. This includes a nature-based children's playground covered by shade sails with equipment such as a fort, musical wall, spinning seats, tree log tunnel and frog sculptures. There's a lake for fishing and kayaking, and while it's advised not to take the full plunge for a swim, you can enjoy paddling in the shallows and skimming stones.

The large, grassed area has plenty of room for sports and there are also bike/scooter paths and walking tracks. After all that exertion, sit back and enjoy the treats served at the caf? with beautiful views of the river, or bring your own picnic or barbecue to enjoy at the sheltered tables.





408 - 492 Mt Crosby Road
Chuwar, QLD, 4306

Located 5.3K from Bundamba

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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 4.7K from Bundamba

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