Queens Park‚ Ipswich City

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.

  • Carpark
  • Coach Parking
  • Family Friendly
  • Interactive Centre
  • Non Smoking

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Recent Reviews

Tony t

Sep 2018

Great day out for young family

Queens Park is great for a family day out. The animal park is amazing and the kids loved it. The Japanese gardens are beautiful and a must see and the huge playground is definitely something the kids... more »

Jeanette C

Sep 2018

Nice place

Recently had brunch with a group of 10 family members. Large meals. Food was good. The cafe has a large covered deck which is lovely to sit at even on a rainy day like the day we were there. more »


Nov 2018

Relax a while

A great place to spend time with animals and nature. The Japanese gardens are beautiful with lots of running water. The dingo pups are a delight. A visit to the cafe is a must for good coffee and... more »

Jill H

Nov 2018

Always a favourite stop for the gardens, playgrounds and animals

I often visit this park area when I visit my family in Ipswich. Each time I find a different area of interest...this time the wage dragons and animals were the best and I was able to take photos of... more »


Sep 2018

great day for a visit.

Great place to spend the day either for a picnic or lunch in the café, plenty of rides for the kids in the playground, great walk around zoo enclosure which is free, nerima Japanese gardens which are... more »