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.

Due to current health advice on social distancing, please contact the business for the most up to date information regarding opening times and services.

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

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Recent Reviews


Dec 2019

World Class

Having grown up in Melbourne with the world class Botanical Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens and having visited NY,s Central Park I am confident in saying that Queens Park is World Class. Throw in... more »


Feb 2020

Nature gardens and cafe

A great place for children to visit animals (free) and play in the park with a beautiful Japanese garden and nice meals or coffee and cake to be bought from the cafe where it can be enjoyed on the... more »


Feb 2020


Great day out for the family plus there is an animal park as well as a Japanese gardens as well as a shop to get cold and hot drinks more »

keith o

Jan 2020

Be very aware!

The way queens park is set out is well thought out and family friendly with concrete paths for prams wheel chairs etc. The animal enclosures need a bit of work but are still pretty good for getting a... more »


Jan 2020

Absolute Gem!

Every major town/city should have a Queens Park. I congratulate Ipswich on this initiative. The free animal encounter was lovely and the Chinese gardens beautiful. Kids of all ages and us big kids... more »