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 created to represent local bushland and flora communities.

A handsome rotunda built in 1891 is the entrance to the Centre, a gold coin donation is asked at entry to help with the upkeep of the animals. From there, you stroll on shady walkways and enjoy the cute native residents including 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, seven during school holidays, and near the Japanese Nerima Gardens within Queens Park, the Ipswich Nature Centre is perfect family-friendly fun.

Entry conditions apply for the full terms of entry visit the website.

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

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Recent Reviews


Jan 2022

Very nice for Ipswich

A lot of ugliness in Ipswich but a lot of good parkland and Queens Park is the centrepiece, with lawns, trees, lookouts, formal and informal gardens. Like the rest of Ipswich, it's set up for driving... more »


Sep 2021

What an amazing park

Queens Park is one of our favourites… my boyfriend and I have visited here several times now. There is just so much to do in the one park and it’s all free. The Ipswich Nature Centre is basically a... more »


Nov 2020

Still one of the best

Still one of the best parks in Queensland. Have been here many times and is always a great day out with the family. My visitors were very impressed. more »


Jul 2020

Great park for families with playgrounds, nature centre and cafe

Queens park is a great day out for families with a large multi-level playground, nature centre featuring Australian wildlife, the beautiful Japanese gardens and more. There is on onsite cafe for... more »

Jamie H

Mar 2020

A wonderful chance visit

This was a great little 'by chance' stopover after a long days travel and we were pleasantly surprised and thankful we pulled in. The coffee was great and I recommend the cake strongly. The park was... more »