When the Moreton Bay convict settlement was established by Britain, Ipswich was about as far as craft could venture up the Brisbane and Bremer Rivers, and as coal was found here, there was very early European settlement. Because of the coal mines, Ipswich was seen as primarily an industrial centre, however these days Ipswich is more seen as a satellite of Brisbane.
There are still the railway industries, Swanbank power station and RAAF Amberley, but the city has expanded substantially because of its part in the massive expansion of South East Queensland as a very desirable place to live.
For the visitor on the way to Sydney on the Cunningham Highway or Toowoomba on the Warrego Highway, the bypass is usually taken, however the inquiring visitor will find much of interest in this city of 232,000 people (2021).
Ipswich can be reached from Brisbane via the Caboolture via Brisbane to Ipswich line. This takes approximately an hour and 10 minutes from Roma Street Station. (note that Ipswich and surrounding stations have some of the highest crime rates in Queensland - take caution travelling alone and/or at night.)
- 1 Ipswich railway station, Bell St.
Ipswich is served by three motorways, though one of them isn't really a "motorway":
- M2 Logan Motorway from Logan City
- M5/A5 Centenary Motorway/Highway from Brisbane
- M15 Cunningham Highway southwest from Warwick and from the New England region of New South Wales.
The M2/A2 Warrego Highway also passes by Ipswich from Toowoomba and other Outback Queensland towns northwest.
- 1 Workshops Railway Museum (The Workshops Rail Museum), North St, North Ipswich, ☏ . Daily 9:30AM–4PM. Contains several railway exhibits and a bit about rail history in Queensland and Australia.
- 2 Ipswich Art Gallery, D'Arcy Doyle Place, ☏ . Daily 10AM–5PM. Kids activities, new and local art, historical insights into Ipswich's development and mining town history.
- Queens Park. Play equipment, lookout, Japanese Gardens, BBQ facilities, kiosk, free access to the nature center (Australian Wildlife)
- 3 Ipswich Nature Centre, Tu–Su, school and public holidays 9:30AM–4PM (closed Mondays, Good Friday and Christmas Day), ☏ . It's not a very large nature centre by all means, but it has a collection of wildlife found in various different regions of Queensland. While some are common throughout Australia, some of their birds might surprise you. Free.
- 4 Ipswich Historical Society (Cooneana Heritage Site), 1041 Redbank Plains Rd (from Ipswich CBD, travel via Blackstone Road, Mary Street Blackstone, & Redbank Plains Road), ☏ , email@example.com. Th-Sa, 2nd and 4th Su 10AM-2PM. $5 per adult.
- 1 , cnr Downs Street and The Terrace, ☏ .
- 2 Ipswich Antique Centre, 86 East St, ☏ . Th–M 10AM–5PM. A classic antiques store with some great collectables.
- 3 Booval Fair Shopping Centre, cnr Brisbane and South Station Rd, ☏ .
- Hog's Breath Cafe Ipswich, 40/42 Brisbane St, ☏ .
- Quest Ipswich, ☏ . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM.
|Routes through Ipswich|
|Roma ← Toowoomba ←||W E||→ Brisbane → END|
|END ←||N S||→ Boonah → Warwick → Newcastle|