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


May 2019

Green gem

After living overseas for a decade and returning home to Ipswich for a visit I was shocked and surprised to find this gem in Ipswich. Such a lovely place to visit. more »

Natasha G

Oct 2018

Love the Nature Centre

We've visited the Queens Park Nature Centre since our daughter was 18 months old, she's now 12 and still loves to go see the animals. The best thing about it too is that its FREE. Its a nice way to... more »

Wendy A

May 2019

Great Park

Lots to do at Queens Park for a variety of age groups. Great park to picnic/bbq etc. Excellent food at the cafe with airy verandahs. Enjoyable zoo for a gold coin entry. The Japanese gardens are... more »

Craig Y

May 2019

Worth visiting

We often go to Queens Park either by ourselves, with family or visitors. The park itself is spacious, generally has adequate parking. The cafe offers a reasonable selection that can be a bit variable... more »

Tracey T

May 2019

Something for everyone

Beautiful Japanese gardens, a nature reserve (zoo) with wheelchair friendly boardwalk, cafe, lookout and open spaces for gatherings. All well maintained and all for free. It’s a must see in Ipswich. more »