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


Jan 2020

Great spot to explore

Great spot to stop and explore if nearby, with plenty of playground facilities with places from young to older children, plus the wildlife place directly across the road is well worth a visit. more »

Ashlee T

Jan 2020

Awesome Park

We loved our visit here! Great parks, gardens, and an Eco Park filled with native animals and birds for a gold coin donation which was unexpected and totally awesome. Well worth a visit! more »


Jun 2019

Great outing for families

Free Australian animal walk through enclosure and baby animal area is ideal for little ones. The park has a great playground, Japanese gardens, picnic and bbq areas. more »


Dec 2019

Great place for families & tourists to visit

Beautiful gardens & a great play area for kids of all ages plus an animal reserve / park area to wander through. The restaurant is also a great place to have a snack or a full meal. The staff are... more »


Oct 2019

Beautiful location

Stunning park , very well set out, plenty to see and do.See the zoo, go to the cafe there or just have a picnic. Great playgrounds if you have kids. more »