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Published October 16th 2014
Ipswich - the capital city of Queensland?
Queensland's oldest provincial city is less than an hour's drive from Brisbane, and what better way to be shown the historic sites than from within an air-conditioned coach compete with a full commentary.
Gooloowan is just one of the Great Houses of Ipswich
Ipswich Heritage Tours take place on the first Saturday of each month and are becoming very popular with not only Ipswich residents themselves, who are proud of their city's heritage, but also with Brisbane residents who are keen to see the fascinating architecture and hear stories from the colonial days.
Established in 1827 as a convict out-station for the quarrying of limestone and farming, Ipswich soon grew to become a busy port on the Bremer River. In the 1850's residents of Ipswich had their sights set on becoming the capital of Queensland, and many of the grand buildings of the time are a testament to this expectation.
Ipswich Grammar School - Image courtesy of Picture Ipswich
Ipswich's heritage is full of "firsts' and the Heritage Tour includes many of these on its journey, including Ipswich Grammar School - the first secondary school established in the colony of Queensland.
The tour takes around 3 hours, and includes a delicious afternoon tea at the local information centre.