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

Quentin C

Sep 2019

Animal farm

Visit the animal farm a couple of times a year. A great attraction for Ipswich. As no cover charge this is a great low cost day out for families. more »


Aug 2019

An oasis within an oasis

Brilliant spot to kick back, enjoy a coffee or some very delicious food. Located in Queens Park, the park is beautiful and the cafe adds to the overall joy of visiting the park. more »


Aug 2019

Brilliant day trip!! They have everything!

We love Queens Park, especially the Nature Centre where you’ll find plenty of amazing Australian wildlife, including: kangaroos, emus, wombats, wallabies, bilbies, dingoes, an aviary full of birds... more »

Kathy W

Aug 2019

Fantastic surprise

We were heading for Queens park for some park time and found a great playground with a water feature and flying fox ride! Super! Then we stumbled upon a mini Australian zoo. For a gold coin donation... more »

Harold C

Jul 2019

Quite a discovery

This park must be among Ipswich's best kept secrets. It is very close to the city of Ipswich, offers lots of FREE parking and features an excellent coffee shop with a range of foods at a most... more »