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Top 3 Reasons to Visit Ipswich

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by Debra Lidster (subscribe)
Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Published April 23rd 2012

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Depending on who you talk to, Ipswich (a forty minute drive west of Brisbane), is either a country town full of bogans or a cosmopolitan city with a thriving arts scene.

Not one to rely upon other people's opinions, I am eager to take a trip and investigate Ipswich for myself.

Besides beautiful heritage buildings, fashion boutiques, vintage shops, trendy cafes, and picturesque parks, I have come up with my top three reasons to visit Ipswich.

Ipswich Festival

The annual Ipswich Festival (April 25 May 6, 2012) is a free, family friendly, community event highlighting the best of Ipswich.

Fire on the River' ignites the festival on Thursday, April 26 at Riverlink Shopping Centre. Watch the fireworks display at 7pm, then stay for some shopping and dining with the shopping centre open til late.

Jazz, Wine & Blues' at Queens Park gives visitors the chance to sample local wine and gourmet food while listening to the sounds of smooth jazz and cool blues. This event takes place on Saturday, April 28 from 1pm to 9pm.

The Top of Town is the place to be on Saturday, May 5. The parade starts at 3:30pm with community floats, local schools, marching bands, and car clubs taking part. At 4:30pm, 'The Festival Street Party' has a fantastic line-up of live music: Oceanics, The Lamplights, and The House of GaGa Lady GaGa Experience.

For free, family fun, head to 'Kids Kingdom' at Robelle Domain Parklands (Springfield) between 12pm and 4pm on Sunday, May 6. Awesome activities include FUNtastic workshops, face painting, food and market stalls, and live entertainment.

Other exciting events taking place during the festival include Friday Night Drift Night (April 27), Global Fiesta (April 29), and Busk Off (May 5).

Click here for more information.

The Workshops Rail Museum

It makes sense that the Workshops Rail Museum is in Ipswich, the birthplace of Queensland Rail. Part of the Queensland Museum, this award winning, interactive museum is celebrating its 10 year anniversary in 2012.

Displays include diesel locomotives, heritage train carriages, and the largest model railway of Queensland. Get hands-on and test a diesel cab simulator or step inside the railway workshop or blacksmith shop. Younger children will enjoy the interactive Nippers Railway.

Take a break at the Trackside Cafe or pack your own lunch and unwind in the shaded picnic grounds.

The Workshops Rail Museum runs school holiday workshops, as well as special events throughout the year.

The museum is open from 9:30am til 5pm daily, except Christmas Day, Good Friday, and Anzac Day.

For entry fees and additional details, click here.

Ipswich Art Gallery

My kids love the Children's Art Centre at The Gallery of Modern Art (South Bank). Like GoMA, the Ipswich Art Gallery has a dedicated Children's Gallery, where kids can create their own masterpiece using a variety of materials.

The Ipswich Art Gallery, located in the old town hall in the heart of Ipswich, features a heritage collection as well as changing exhibitions. Click here to see what is currently on exhibit.

Mashology, an annual art and performance festival hosted by the Ipswich Art Gallery, takes place in September.

The gallery is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Entry is free.
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Why? Country town or cosmopolitan city?
Where: 40 minutes west of Brisbane
Your Comment
Just sayin. I was born in Ipswich and there is no reason why you should visit Ipswich at all those are lame and dumb reasons - I mean its not even a country town?? But yes its definitely full of bogans!!! :)
by bonni (score: 0|2) 2540 days ago
It's not a place to visit. It's not that safe and nothing much to see anyway.
by Kelly Smith (score: 0|2) 2523 days ago
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