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Swanbank: 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 2.3K from Swanbank

White Rock - Spring Mountain Conservation Estate


Located just 20 minutes from the Ipswich Central Business District and 35 minutes' from Brisbane Central Business District, White Rock - Spring Mountain Conservation Estate features the distinctive, sculptured, rocky outcrops of White Rock and Spring Mountain.

Covering over 2,500ha of regionally significant bushland, the Estate also features extensive forested ridges, escarpments and valleys that are home to an amazing array of plant and wildlife species.
Visitors can enjoy the full gamut of outdoor activities including hiking, bird-watching, horse riding (bring your own horses), mountain bike riding and nature study. For the bushwalker there's everything from a leisurely 200 metre walk to the more challenging 19 kilometre round trip trail with most of the trails are suitable for hiking and mountain bike riding. If you're on horseback, then the Yaddamun Trail is perfect.

The entry to the Estate is the Paperbark Flats Picnic Area, at the end of School Road in Redbank Plains. Amenities on site include toilets, picnic facilities and horse float parking. Don't forget to take a hat, sunscreen and drinking water. Visit the website for trail updates and to download the trail guide.





School Road
Redbank Plains, QLD, 4301

Located 5.3K from Swanbank

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 5.3K from Swanbank

Didgeridoo Festivals


Didgeridoo Festivals near Ipswich is a didgeridoo community and events company that brings people together through unique activities. It's located at Bellbird Park, Ipswich, just 30 minutes drive from Brisbane.

How about learning to make your own eucalyptus didgeridoo from an expert? Didgeridoo Festivals offer a two day workshop where you'll enjoy camping, story telling and making music around a camp fire, plus being served a delicious barbecue dinner and breakfast. You'll also learn basic techniques so you can play your new hand-crafted creation. Or why not try a four hour workshop or six lesson course to play like a professional?

The free monthly Sunset Didgeridoo Jam on the Rhythm Hut Stage allows you to pitch your tent, have a jam and stay the night. And then there's the VIP Go Camping A Didgeridoo weekend featuring didgeridoo virtuosos from around the world who perform and teach advanced techniques. It'll be an amazing and memorable experience.

Ipswich visitors can also pop into the Didgeridoo Festivals Shop where they can buy a hand-crafted instrument made by local artists, which comes with a free lesson and certificate of authenticity. Proceeds support the Yothu Yindi Foundation.




10 Lorikeet Lane
Bellbird Park, QLD, 4300

Located 5.4K from Swanbank

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 5.7K from Swanbank

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 6.3K from Swanbank

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 Swanbank

Swanbank: 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 2.3K from Swanbank

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.




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

Located 2.3K from Swanbank

Make Your Own Didgeridoo Camp Out


Come in and enjoy a unique experience in their two day workshop that is all about the didgeridoo. Pitch your tent on their camping ground and be a part of our Make Your Own Didgeridoo Camp Out at Didgeridoo Festivals Headquarters in Bellbird Park.

You get to take two self made genuine quality eucalyptus didgeridoos home.

Their workshops are set up over two days (one night). Eckybow and Janos will teach how to make two genuine quality eucalyptus Didgeridoos in their " Make your own Didgeridoo" workshops. The workshops include stripping, sanding, cleaning, chiseling, painting, tuning and making your mouthpiece out of natural beeswax. All equipment and tools are supplied.

At night they have the "Camp Fire" jam and Story Telling.

The price includes accommodation facilities on camping grounds, firewood, parking, security, all meals including filtered water, tea and freshly brewed coffee, Didgeridoo workshops and two Eucalyptus Didgeridoos.




10 Lorikeet Lane,
6 Cloverdale road
Bellbird Park, QLD, 4300

Located 5.4K from Swanbank

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