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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We took our grandson here merely for the fact it was free as opposed to the high prices of other places. It is a great spot with animals fenced off to see. The japanes gardens and park is a great... more »
Nice day out and about
If you live in the Ipswich area and haven’t been to queens park for a while thEn make sure you take the whole family for a nice picnic or even a jog around the parks. more »
Has absolutely everything for a family day out
I have only been in the area for a day and I am constantly being surprised with what Ipswich has to offer. This immaculately maintained park has a wonderful play area for the young kids, barbeques... more »
Wow, what a great place to visit!
We went for the first time with two of the grandkids - they absolutely loved the wildlife area, and none of us could believe it was free! Then we tried out the restaurant, also very good and great... more »
Nice park for all the family.
Queens Park, while not a very large park by municipal standards, has everything to provide a nice day out for all the family. It has a nice cafe, a well kept Japanese Gardens, animal park, kids... more »
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