Ipswich Accommodation, Hotels, Tours & Information
A thriving city in it's own right, Ipswich has much to offer you. Build it into your itinerary and you will be rewarded with an interesting mix of old world charm and modern city living. For lovers of history, Ipswich is the ultimate heritage experience. As Queensland's oldest provincial city, Ipswich is renowned for its architectural, cultural and natural heritage, which is celebrated at the annual Ipswich Festival each April. It is an easy 45 minutes journey from downtown Brisbane by train, it's the perfect place for a day's adventure. There's certainly no shortage of activity in Ipswich - By day, why not tackle the Brookwater Golf Club, a picturesque and challenging Championship course designed by Greg Norman. Get your adrenalin pumping by skydiving or get behind the wheel of a V8 Supercar, at the home of motorsport in Queensland, the Ipswich Motorsport Precinct. Let the bird's eye view from Floating Image's a hot air balloon take your breath away, as you float effortlessly over the picturesque countryside of South East Queensland. Plan ahead and book the kids on a steam train ride, then continue the rail theme by visiting 'The Workshops Rail Museum,' an interactive campus of the Queensland Museum. Discover the city's graceful colonial homes, superb old churches and historic sandstone buildings on a heritage walking tour. By night, get cosy at one of the Bed and Breakfasts and when it comes to dining, tuck into the generous servings of a counter meal at a charming country pub. Discover the emerging dining scene at one of many appetising restaurants or step back in time at Woodlands of Marburg where you can enjoy a meal in the plantation-style Mansion. The wine industry is quickly developing in Ipswich, some vineyards already winning awards, so make sure you visit the Warrego Wines, Normanby and Iron Bark Ridge estates. Culturally, Ipswich is a flourishing arts centre, home to inspiring festivals, galleries, music and art. Treat your senses to a new art experience at the Ipswich Art Gallery, the kids can try their hand at electronic finger-painting while you take in an exhibition. Soothe the soul at a performance by an award-winning choir, take a walk to discover the landscape and sights that inspired Ipswich's very own Archibald Prize winner Davida Allen.