1041 Redbank Plains Road‚ New Chum

Home to the Ipswich Historical Society and several other groups, Cooneana Heritage Centre contains historical photographs, artifacts, traditional crafts, and coal mining displays that showcase the rich and diverse history of Ipswich – Queensland’s oldest provincial city.

Cooneana Homestead displays the early days of Ipswich.

Jim Donald House is a fine example of a Miners Cottage of the 1890s to early 1900s . See coal mining displays and videos inside.

In the schoolroom children can experience an olden days classroom complete with “engraved” wooden desks and slate boards – a great experience for school groups. Ipswich Historical Society blacksmith shop is where you can find the blacksmiths working at their forges.

The Spinners, Weavers, Fibre Artisans of Ipswich welcome visitors on Monday and Thursday from 9am, and the first Saturday of the month.

Ipswich Genealogical Society opens on Mondays and Thursdays 9.30am – 2.30pm and Saturdays 9am – 12 noon.

Historical Motorcycle Club of Queensland, Ipswich Area has a clubhouse on site and is happy to display their vintage and veteran motorbikes for events.

Queensland Metal Artisans Collective have a workshop where they work on making metal items such as knives, axes and sculptures.

Ipswich Mini Crafters meet on Wednesdays from 7pm.

Cooneana is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and the second and fourth Sundays of each month (March to November) from 10am – 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 »