Queens Park‚ Ipswich City
The Ipswich Nature Centre will be closed as of 4pm, 1 February 2019 until further notice due to the management of flying fox colony that has developed in the Centre's grounds:


Due to a number of factors including the current weather conditions, recent rains in the north and fires throughout Australia, and annual migration patterns of little red flying foxes, has seen SEQ receive a large influx of flying foxes. Over recent weeks a large bat colony has developed in the Ipswich Nature Centre. Ipswich City Council has made the decision for the health and safety of the visitors and animals to close the Ipswich Nature Centre from 4pm Friday, 1 February 2019. Ipswich City Council is working closely with the State and other key stakeholders to manage the colony with the intent of reopening the Ipswich Nature Centre as soon as is practical whilst ensuring the health and safety of all. If you have any enquiries please contact Ipswich City Council on (07) 3810 6666.


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


Jan 2019

great day out

Great family dayout. Take a stroll through the animal park, Then after stroll through the gardens very well maintained and clean. Take a picnic lunch and eat in the park. more »


Aug 2018

Fabulous and Free

There are so many Aussie animals. We took our overseas visitors this time but I use to take the kids when they were young. Our visitors loved how close you could get to the animals as well as the... more »

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 »