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Chuwar: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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 1.8K from Chuwar

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 4.3K from Chuwar

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.

Steam shop tours happen twice a day, and the place is packed during school holidays, with the popular Day out with Thomas programs running from Boxing Day to the end of January.





North Street
North Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 4.3K from Chuwar

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 5.5K from Chuwar

River Heart Parklands


The Bremer River is at the heart of Ipswich, so the fantastic River Heart Parklands on its banks are aptly named. Here you'll find wheelchair and pram-friendly boardwalks of 1.2 kilometres which extend from the old rail bridge and Bradfield Pedestrian Bridge (which leads across the river to popular Riverlink shopping centre), through to the aquativity section known as Bob Gamble Park.

Enjoy the river breezes as you stroll through a mini rainforest, and past a cascading waterfall and sculpture pond. You can learn about the fascinating area's history courtesy of the information plaques, for instance Ipswich was going to be the original state capital but because of the river not being deep or wide enough for large ships, the mantle was taken by nearby Brisbane. As a testament to this, old sandstone blocks in a retaining wall are thought to be associated with a wharf owned by the Australasian Steam Navigation Company.

At night, the river comes alive in a magical way with mesmerising laser projections of mystical creatures Ippy, Limey and Stoney. There are viewing platforms and plenty of car parking onsite. River Heart Parklands is definitely a must-see if you're in Ipswich.





20 Bremer Street
Ipswich City, QLD, 4305

Located 5.8K from Chuwar

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 5.8K from Chuwar

Queensland Motorsport Museum


A motoring enthusiast's dream awaits at the Queensland Motorsport Museum in the centre of the Ipswich Central Brisbane District. Ipswich is the motor racing capital of south-east Queensland, with both Willowbank and Queensland Raceways on its outskirts, so the city is a great fit for this museum with its outstanding collection from motoring's past.

From vintage racing cars to ones driven by famous drivers such as Dick Johnson to over 200 models and assorted memorabilia, the Queensland Motorsport Museum occupies 1,600 square metres. As you come to the entrance, a large photo of movie star Steve McQueen from the film, Le Mans, and signed by the famous racing photographer, Nigel Snowdon, greets you. From there you can head to the Speedway Room, which features trophies won by British speedway rider, Nigel Boocock, body panels for club motorsports, and posters.

The Red Room has road and race cars from a 1955 Nota Sportsman No.5 to a 1974 Corvette Stingray, while the Speedway Section has speed cars including a 1937 vintage car. You can also check out gems such as a 1960s Lotus Cortina owned by former great, Brian Michelmore. The museum also has a photo room, theatrette, library and meeting room.





Shop 214,
Ipswich City Square,

Ipswich City, QLD, 4305

Located 6.0K from Chuwar

Inspirations Ipswich Gallery


They are a volunteer based gallery so you will meet and talk to the Artists who are part of the Gallery. This is a not-for-profit artist run co-op providing opportunities for its members to exhibit and sell high quality, traditionally styled, Interstitial and innovative artworks, which are inspired by Ipswich. They encourage emerging artists to develop their art practice using traditional art skills and provide opportunities to reinvigorate traditional skills with workshops.




Ipswich City Mall,
Unit 801
Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 6.0K from Chuwar

Chuwar: Events

Medieval Market and Fantasy Faire


They welcome you into their Medieval Market and Fantasy Faire. Magic, mayhem and history come together. They've created a delightful mysterious village inside their wonderful Heritage District.

Meet Dragons and fairies, ride the teacups and battle with biscuits, all in a weekend. This is a fun and interactive event for all ages. Activities and entertainment will be provided by management as well as competitions and fashion parades.

There will be a Costumed Promenade so dress to impress or just come casual and enjoy medieval magic.


Event Dates
2016
      21st May
      22nd May


1 Bottle Alley
Ipswich City, QLD, 4305

Located 6.0K from Chuwar

Chuwar: 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 6.0K from Chuwar

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