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Ipswich

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Ipswich is an urban region in south-east Queensland, Australia, which is located in the south-west of the Brisbane metropolitan area. Situated on the Bremer River, it is approximately 40km west of the Brisbane CBD. A local government area, the City of Ipswich has a population of 200,000 (projected to grow to 435,000 residents by 2031). The city is renowned for its architectural, natural and cultural heritage. Ipswich preserves and operates from many of its historical buildings, with more than 6000 heritage-listed sites and over 500 parks.Ipswich began in the 1820s as a mining settlement and was originally intended to be the Queensland capital but Brisbane was instead chosen because of its geographical accessibility for ships.HistoryEarly historyPrior to the arrival of European settlers, what is now called Ipswich was home to many indigenous language groups, including the Warpai tribe, Yuggera and Ugarapul Indigenous Australian groups. The area was first explored by European colonists in 1826, when Captain Patrick Logan, Commandant of the Moreton Bay penal colony, sailed up the Brisbane River and discovered large deposits of limestone and other minerals.SettlementThe town began as a limestone mining settlement and grew rapidly as a major inland port. Ipswich was initially named "The Limestone Hills" and later shortened to "Limestone", however in 1843 it was renamed after the town of Ipswich in England. The population was 932 in 1851 and had risen to 2459 by 1856. It became a municipality in 1858. Ipswich was a prime candidate for becoming the capital of Queensland, but Brisbane was instead chosen in 1859. It was proclaimed a city in 1904.
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Queens Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
The Workshops Rail Museum
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Playground
Robelle Domain Springfield Lakes
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Water Body
Colleges Crossing Recreational Reserve
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Ipswich

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Summer Land Camels Harrisville
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Winery / Vineyard
Sirromet Wines Mount Cotton
3.6
Duration: 2 hours
Waterfall
Queen Mary Falls Killarney
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Winery / Vineyard
Witches Falls Winery Tamborine Mountain
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Ipswich

Specialty Museum
Qld MotorSport Museum
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Geologic Formation
White Rock-Spring Mtn Conservation Estate
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Biking Trail
Hidden Vale Adventure Park Grandchester
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Military Museum
RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Ipswich

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Military Museum
The Soldiers Memorial Hall
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Rosewood Railway Museum Rosewood
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Military Museum
Ipswich RSL Memorial Hall Museum
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
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History Museum
Ipswich Historical Society Inc
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Ipswich

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Children’s Museum
Ipswich Art Gallery
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Zoo
Ipswich Nature Centre
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Water Park
River Heart Parklands
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in Ipswich

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Garden
Nerima Gardens
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Garden
Pan Pacific Peace Gardens Redbank Plains
3.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Kholo Gardens
2.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

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