Ipswich Nature Centre in Ipswich's historical Queens Park offers a magical opportunity to get up close and personal with Australian native wildlife. For 80 years, locals and visitors have been able to see animals on this site, and the twenty-first century version is up there with the best of wildlife refuges. And to make the cute and furry animals feel as at home as possible, there are lush landscaped gardens and exhibits that have been recreated to represent local bushland and flora communities.
A handsome rotunda built in 1891 is the entrance to the Centre, which asks for a donation of a gold coin as entry fee to help with the upkeep of the animals. From there, you stroll on shady walkways and enjoy the cute native residents such as wombats, wallabies, emus, quolls, and a nocturnal bilby exhibit. A vibrant rainforest bird aviary is alive with colour and sound, and youngsters will have a ball in the barn which has calves, lambs, pigs and guinea pigs.
Open six days a week and near the Japanese Nerima Gardens within Queens Park, the Ipswich Nature Centre is perfect family-friendly fun. Open seven days a week during School holidays.
Ipswich Nature Centre
Ipswich Nature Centre
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Queens Park has so many aspects. All of the areas provide peace and quiet. The Japenses Gardens are beautiful. There is also a native animal the zoo, croquet, lawn bowls, picnic areas, play area for... more »
Very nice park, well kept and with a little bit of everything for everyone. Decided to have our wedding at the bush chapel since we liked it so much. Well worth a visit more »
Love the place! Always leave feeling 10 kilos heavier! The French toast it to die for as are their iced coffees! Really nice set up. Love the practicality, being able to take go to the zoo and walk... more »
Playground and animal enclosure kept the kids entertained!
We went here after lunch for the kids to burn off some energy and the park did not disappoint. The playground had lots of activities which suited the 6 and 4 yr old. They most enjoyed the water pump... more »
Lunch at the zoo
We took our 18 month old granddaughter to visit the animals at Queens Park Zoo and we had a fabulous time. Little Miss C loved seeing the animals and was particularly intrigued by the bilbies. The... more »
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