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

Sue B

Jan 2019

Wonderful spot to relax

This park is a beautiful haven in the city. The area around the Bush Chapel (just uphill from the cafe) is a lovely, peaceful and shaded spot to sit and read or to reflect and find peace of mind. The... more »


Jan 2019

Great for families

This is a great place to take the children - a walk around the park and kick the ball followed by lunch or ice cream at the cafe. All very pleasant and safe. more »


Jan 2018


This is lovely to walk around park, visit the animals where they have the Bilby to see . Then the Japanese gardens to stroll around more »


Aug 2018

Great range of sweets!

The dessert options are amazing - even a good range of GF! Wasn't as impressed by my meal but given that it was average, I wouldn't complain. more »


Dec 2018

Never disappoints

What a great little gem in the heart of Ipswich.Well maintained and beautiful scenery.The animals are great.5 stars to the people that run this and are responsible for this park. more »