25 Amazing Things to do in Ipswich

The historic city of Ipswich is awash with fascinating places and things to do that are out of the ordinary.

Picnic on an olive farm, ride a camel, camp for free in a paddock 15 minutes from the CBD, explore some castle ruins, stay in a haunted mansion or stroll through beautiful Japanese gardens, where on some weekends you can take a traditional tea ceremony.

Or stroll through a free nature zoo, take in some live blues music at a heritage-listed pub, hitch a ride on a miniature steam railway, visit the local brewery, enjoy high tea in an historic cottage, walk through a Jurassic forest, feed baby goats and eat goat gelato or go glamping on a cattle farm. And that's not all - here are 25 of the best and most unique things the city has to offer:

This scenic canoe/kayak adventure on the Brisbane River from Colleges Crossing to Joseph Brady Park is a one way distance of approximately 14 km
Blackstone Castle was the name locals gave to the palatial 49-room mansion Brynhyfryd that once stood atop Blackstone Hill. Built by Welshman Lewis Thomas in 1891 the mansion had its own passenger lift, electric lights, servants quarters and there was a live-in chauffeur. Lewis Thomas died in 1913 and his wife in 1930. After her death the mansion was bought by Rylance Collieries and over time dismantled. While the house was still standing, people said they could see the ghosts of Mr Thomas and his wife standing in the windows. Today you can walk through the reserve, where all that remains is a brick staircase and some walls of the dairy
Dinmore Cottage Tea House is Ipswich's absolute hidden treasure - an historic cottage in which to enjoy high tea
As you drive down the windy Riverside Drive and come to the entry of Kholo Botanic Gardens, you will be amazed at what you find beyond the front gates
Hardings Paddock is an exclusive scenic picnic and camp ground that is surrounded by bushland and just 20 minutes from Ipswich CBD.
The palatial historic mansion with 360 degree views of the Marburg Valley makes a great weekend escape
This fabulous wildlife nature centre is possibly Ipswich city's best kept secret.
The Cottage Restaurant offers an exquisite fine dining experience in a beautiful National Trust listed 1860's Ipswich cottage
There are two entrances to this tract of preserved bushland over the top of sealed off mine tunnels in Ipswich's heart.
Bakehouse Steakhouse is a red brick Ipswich bakery (circa 1875) that has been transformed into a cool and stylish Euro-style steakhouse
This working camel farm is just a 45 min drive from Brisbane CBD
One of the most visited regional art galleries in Queensland, the Ipswich Art Gallery is set in a handsome heritage building that was once the Town Hall
Just an hour's drive from Brisbane is this ultra luxurious country retreat with sweeping mountain views
Pumpyard Bar & Brewery is a shiny jewel in Ipswich’s crown, with top bar food - the perfect match for its beer

These gorgeous Japanese gardens are adjacent to Queens Park and on designated weekends during the year they hold traditional tea ceremonies in the tea house

The unique and award-winning museum is unlike any other you'll visit, showcasing the fascinating history of railways in Queensland, with a fantastic model railway and hands-on exhibits like simulator where you can play train driver

Royal Mail Hotel at Goodna is an historic hotel that on weekends is the centre of live blues'n'roots
Naughty Little Kids Farm opens on Sundays for goat feeding and milking, a petting zoo and goats milk gelato
This olive and lime farm near Ipswich has a tiny farmgate shop and a picturesque spot for picnics
For families who love to mountain bike, Hidden Vale Adventure Park near Grandchester is top of the list
Enjoy an exclusive glamping experience on a cattle farm just 45 mins from Brisbane
Gastronomic gourmets should seriously consider heading up to Homage in the country retreat, Spicers Hidden Vale
Fancy a family fun day out in the country? Half an hour from Ipswich you’ll find the Grandchester Model Steam Railway
Putting new meaning to the word green space, master-planned Robelle Domain is a sprawling 24ha expanse that is the jewel in the crown of Springfield Central Parklands.
The hike to majestic White Rock in Spring Mountain Conservation Park is approximately 6 km return and is great for the whole family

And, for more great things to see and do in Ipswich, visit Discover Ipswich HERE.

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