Ipswich is Queensland's oldest provincial city and dates from the state’s earliest colonial days. Established in 1827 as a convict out-station for the quarrying of limestone and farming, Ipswich soon became a busy port on the Bremer River and later grew in importance with the development of its coal mines and railways.
In the 1850s the people of Ipswich hoped it would become the capital of Queensland. Although Brisbane was ultimately chosen, Ipswich developed into a prosperous and confident city, as is apparent from its many imposing public buildings, fine mansions, historic homes and cottages and several of the oldest churches in Queensland.
Ipswich’s heritage is full of Queensland “firsts" and we've developed a series of Heritage Trail self-guide brochures to help you experience the fascinating history of Ipswich and the surrounding areas.
Each Heritage Trail brochure includes an easy-to-follow map with lots of interesting historic facts and descriptions. The Inner-city Heritage Trail can be explored on foot while those further out are ideal for short drives. You can get your free copies from the Visitor Information Centre.
A sample of our Heritage Trail brochures
Did you know… The Handmade Expo, held monthly at the Ipswich Turf Club, is a great place to check out locally handmade wares including children's clothing, patchwork & gourmet goodies.