The old-world yet ever-growing city of Ipswich is somewhere a new family can grow into a homey, quiet, and relaxed community. If you’re here looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, then Ipswich is for you. The council is reported by locals as being very proactive and there are tons of free activities when compared to Brisbane! Here you can also find a far higher number of sporting and social clubs available compared to the other council areas.
You can use this article to help you decide if Ipswich is for you or your family especially if you’re looking for a new Queensland address. The list below gives a quick summary of the available activities you can expect when you live or visit the city. Check it out!
Explore the Queens Park and the Nature Centre
Known as one of the oldest parks in Queensland where a monument was erected in 1864, Queens Park is where you find grand trees, flying fox, a playground, cafe, environment center, plus Japanese gardens and the renowned Nature Centre. Entrance to the mini zoo is free and once inside you get to be up close with wombats, emus, wallabies, quolls, bilbies, and snakes plus farm animals as well as a bird aviary.
Shop at the historic Top of Town
If you’re looking for an eclectic shopping experience, head over to the Top of Town, which is situated along Brisbane St. It’s where you find everything from cafes to restaurants, classic vintage stores, and boutiques as well as specialty stores like Daily Planet Comics, Obsession Shoes, Gemutlich, Vintage Advantage and the C.J Voegler& Son that was opened in 1877.
Get inspired at the Ipswich Art Gallery
Considered as one of the most visited regional art galleries in Australia, the Ipswich Art Gallery hosts a dynamic and ever-changing exhibition program as well as visual arts and social history. The gallery was also the first in Australia to provide a dedicated children’s gallery with innovative programming.
Discover local handmade and farmers’ markets
Ipswich also has a plethora of markets where you can pick up small designers and local produce. For food, head over to the Peak Organics market every Saturday. The Springfield Markets are open on the first Friday evening of each month. Local wares are available at the Handmade Expo Market every third Sunday of the month. Looking for both food and goods? Get them at the Ipswich Showplace markets each Sunday and the Ipswich CBD Food Fair.
Don’t forget to visit the Ipswich Antique Collectable Fair for a unique find.
Get “happy” at local microbrewery Pumpyard
This is not your average watering hole. The heritage-listed building was built in the 1910sand was constructed on the site that was originally the first water source for Ipswich way back in the mid-1800s. The unique industrial-inspired interior offers the best setting for tasty food and servings of liquid gold. There are approximately eight to 10 taps at the bar, five of which are supplied directly from the brewery tanks.
Escape the hustle and bustle – permanently
Heck, if you find yourself falling in love with Ipswich that you feel like staying permanently, then you’re not alone. Thousands of people (tourists and Aussies) have found their new home in this part of beautiful Queensland. Check out Springfield Rise, one of Lendlease communities that are popular with both new homeowners and property investors.
As Lendlease’s newest community in the western corridor, expect only a 30-minute drive from Brisbane CBD. Here you are nestled next door to the award-winning Springfield Lakes community. You and your family can instantly enjoy great schools, shops, parklands, trains, hospitals, and many more on the doorstep.
Can’t wait to visit Ipswich? Book your tickets now and start planning. Have fun!