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.
Ipswich Nature Centre
Ipswich Nature Centre
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Nature centre and botanic gardens
I went with my mum, we drove the 40 mins from Brisbane to Ipswich. Easy to find.It was raining but we had the whole nature centre to ourselves and could walk around and see all the animals as much... more »
Beautiful and peaceful
Beautiful historic Queens Park. Great for kids - animal park, play areas. Great for all ages - Japanese Garden, And don't forget to have coffee and something to eat at the cafe - the food is... more »
A lovely park with lots of shade trees and places to sit quietly. The kiosk is good for a light snack. more »
Fantastic park for all ages
Visited with a 6 year old boy. Went to the animal park first was sturdy board walks & pathways & a good variety of Australian animals to see took about 20 minutes to walk through. Then walked across... more »
Finally a great brekky place in Ipswich
Delighted to find the cafe open before 9am on a Sunday. Friendly and prompt service. Have not been if I would like my poached eggs soft medium or hard before but I liked it. Eggs benedict was... more »
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