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


Jul 2018

Great day for couples, families and all visitors

Beautiful park with heaps to do for little ones and big ones. Heaps of space for family gatherings and picnics. Highly recommend for a fun day out. more »


Aug 2018

everything you need in one place

from walk through animal park to amazing gardens and play area .. and to top it all off a tourist centre and amazing cafe more »

Trish L

Jul 2018

Could easily spend a day in this park

We only had a couple of hours to spend here. There is a lovely cafe where we had excellent breakfast, a wander around the beautiful Japanese garden, the orchid garden (not open all the time) and a... more »


Jul 2018

Queens Park - A public space for everyone

Their are parks and their are parks. Some designed just for kids, some for adults but Queens Park is a place for all ages to enjoy. A great place to meet family and friends, stretch out and enjoy all... more »


Mar 2018

Something for everyone

A great place to spend a day with friends and family. Children of all ages can enjoy the swings and playground. The zoo is a fantastic place to visit and watch the animals roaming around their... more »