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.
Ipswich Nature Centre
Ipswich Nature Centre
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Wow, what a great place to visit!
We went for the first time with two of the grandkids - they absolutely loved the wildlife area, and none of us could believe it was free! Then we tried out the restaurant, also very good and great... more »
Nice park for all the family.
Queens Park, while not a very large park by municipal standards, has everything to provide a nice day out for all the family. It has a nice cafe, a well kept Japanese Gardens, animal park, kids... more »
A must-take for your kids!
Wow, what an amazing place to spend the day with your kids. (If you dont have children this park is so large that you can easily find a beautiful quiet spot also). The massive landscaped park has... more »
Queens Park has so many aspects. All of the areas provide peace and quiet. The Japenses Gardens are beautiful. There is also a native animal the zoo, croquet, lawn bowls, picnic areas, play area for... more »
Very nice park, well kept and with a little bit of everything for everyone. Decided to have our wedding at the bush chapel since we liked it so much. Well worth a visit more »
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