1041 Redbank Plains Road‚ New Chum

If you’re into local history and traditional craftsmanship then put a visit to Ipswich’s historic Cooneana Homestead on your itinerary. Home to the Ipswich Historical Society and Spinners and Weavers, Cooneana Heritage Centre houses historical photographs, memorabilia, artefacts and mining displays that showcase the rich and diverse history of Ipswich – Queensland’s oldest provincial city.

Explore Jim Donald House, a fine example of a Workers Cottage, which has been faithfully restored and furnished to reflect the period – 1890s to early 1900s – when this architectural style was popular. In the classroom area of the museum. children can experience an olden time classroom complete with “engraved” wooden desks and slate boards – a great experience for school groups. Ipswich’s important mining history is also represented with indoor and outdoor exhibits and the traditional crafts of spinning and weaving can be seen on Thursdays.

Cooneana Heritage Centre is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and the second and third Sundays of each month (March to November) from 10am to 2pm.

  • Carpark
  • Coach Parking
  • Family Friendly
  • Interpretive Centre
  • Non Smoking
  • Public Toilet

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Recent Reviews

Francis D

Jun 2017

Can you imagine the local Council FUNDING this???

With what little cash they get it's great BUT REALITY IS It could be so great. There is a massive Heritage in Ipswich. The Welsh Miners came. Names everywhere reflect the past in the people of today... more »


Mar 2017

Full of knowledge & beautiful property

Lots of love and attention to detail from several volunteer groups that make up this organisation. Spinners and Weavers and the Genealogical Society are bothed housed in vintage historical cottages... more »

Alec R

Jan 2016

Ipswich history

We visited this museum in 2016. They have restored an old mine building on the site to increase the space for more historical items .The grounds have quite a few mining relics and the museum itself... more »


Dec 2016

Great day out

Great to take a family on an outing, this would be one of the best museums to do with Ipswich`s past in the coal mining days more »


Sep 2016

Open Day at the Cooneana.

This was a special day for the museum. Bands playing, many displays of a heritage nature and interesting coal mining history. We saw a movie display about the history of old local stores over the... more »