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North Ipswich: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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 0.3K from North Ipswich

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 1.2K from North Ipswich

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 1.5K from North Ipswich

North Ipswich: Events

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 0.3K from North Ipswich

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
      20th Aug


North Street
Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 0.3K from North Ipswich

Museum Zoo


Go Wild at the Museum Zoo these school holidays!

See the special exhibit A Room for Wild Animals and join in the fun activities including craft and trails. Make a day of it with entry to the Museum and all exhibits included in your ticket.

Special animal activities: Spot the wild animals in the A Room for Wild Animals exhibition, learn about animals adaptations in the special Animal Adaptations show, build your own craft animal to take home, identify animal tracks and locate them in the Museum with a self-guided trail

Things to see and do for the kids: Try driving a train on a simulator, let off some steam in Nipper Railway, take a miniature train ride around the Museum grounds (additional AUD3 per person).

Fun for the whole family with Museum entry included. Step back in Queensland time and explore the past. See the huge model railway of Queensland. Take a guided tour of the active railway workshop (enclosed footwear required).


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2017
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North Street
North Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 0.3K from North Ipswich

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 0.3K from North Ipswich

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 0.3K from North Ipswich

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 0.3K from North Ipswich

Museum Open Day


Soak up the atmosphere with live music, explore an Ipswich icon that's been active since 1865, take a self-guided walking tour of the Heritage Railway Workshops, get up close to genuine locos and vintage carriages and see the huge model railway of Queensland.

Entry is free for Ipswich residents. Proof of residency is required and may include drivers licence or rates notice. Admission charges apply for non-Ipswich residents.


Event Dates
2017
      11th Nov


North Street
North Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 0.3K from North Ipswich

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