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Ripley: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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.

Cooneana Heritage Centre is open every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from March until November inclusive, from 10am-2pm. Regular trading hours include Thursday and Saturday from 10am-2pm.




1041 Redbank Plains Road
New Chum, QLD, 4303

Located 5.6K from Ripley

Limestone Park


If it's wide, green, open spaces you're looking for in Ipswich, Limestone Park at Eastern Heights, just a few minutes from the Central Business District, has plenty of room for all sorts of outdoor activities. It's proof that you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a great time.

Used regularly for team sports events with facilities suitable for soccer, football, cricket, athletics and netball, Limestone Park has picnic tables and barbecues with drinking water, gazebos and other shelters so the whole family can enjoy the pleasant surroundings. Bring along a ball to kick around the large area so the kids can run themselves ragged, and there's also playground equipment for the younger ones.

It's not unusual to see local walkers and joggers enjoying Limestone Park, including with strollers and pet dogs joining in on the exercise. There are recreational pathways and strength and agility stations, along with car parking, disabled access and public toilets. You can also hold a sporting event at Bill Paterson Oval by prearrangement with Ipswich Little Athletics.





42a Chermside Road
Ipswich City, QLD, 4305

Located 5.9K from Ripley

Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate


Located 20 minutes drive from the Ipswich City, the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate covers over 2,200 hectares. The conservation estate supports extensive forests and rugged volcanic peaks and slopes including Flinders Peak, Mt Blaine, Mt Catherine and Mt Goolman.
A range of recreational activities are on offer to visitors to the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate including bird-watching, hiking, mountain bike and horse riding (bring your own bike or horse) and camping.

Hardings Paddock and Flinders Plum Picnic Areas are the destination highlights within the conservation estate with each area offering barbecues and public toilets. The campground at Hardings Paddock provides the only bush camping opportunity within the 6,000+ hectares of natural reserves in the Ipswich region.




Carmichaels Road
Purga, QLD, 4306

Located 6.2K from Ripley

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 6.5K from Ripley

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 6.6K from Ripley

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 6.6K from Ripley

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 6.7K from Ripley

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 6.7K from Ripley

Ripley: Events

Advanced Digital Photography Workshop conducted by Richard McLaren


Richard is a member of the Ipswich Historical Society, a retired freelance photographer, photojournalist, teacher and trainer whose photos have been published throughout Australia, Asia and North America. He will share his knowledge and experience to help you improve your photographic abilities. Bring your own camera and any questions you may want answered.

Richard is a self-taught professional photographer and for more than 50 years, has been passionate about photography. As Principal photographer and owner of Photography by Zouchai, Richard covers most aspects of photography from portraits, landscapes and nature, to historical, photojournalism and digital storytelling, and currently concentrating on researching the concept of Therapeutic Photography for people with a disability, mental illness and refugees. He conducts specialised courses in these areas through the year.




1041 Redbank Plains Road,
1041 Redbank Plains Road
New Chum, QLD, 4303

Located 5.6K from Ripley

FUN raising gathering


Starting at 6.00 pm for a meet and greet with food and wine, this is a wonderful opportunity to have a great night out. Have a look at the museum, a slide-show of images of fashion from an age of elegance and then have a look at the furnished miner's cottage. Chat with members of the Historical Society about the exciting plans for the future. At 7.00 pm you will be delighted with a musical interlude from members of the Ipswich Musical Theatre Company as they entertain you with songs from Broadway shows, and then lead everyone with a fun-filled good old-fashioned sing-along. At 8.00 pm, a light supper will be served. Sounds like a wonderful night out - bring your friends. No need to book - just turn up determined to have a fun-filled evening.


Event Dates
2016
      27th May


1041 Redbank Plains Road,
1041 Redbank Plains Road
New Chum, QLD, 4303

Located 5.6K from Ripley

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