Here are some highlights that no trip to Ipswich should be without, but first, stop en route at Thirty-Seven Cafe in Bundamba for SE Qld’s heartiest breakfast platter if you dare, or try one of the delicious healthier and fresh options to keep any foodie happy.
Then make a stop at the Ipswich Vistor Information Centre and pick up a CBD Then and Now Heritage Walk map. The Ipswich Heritage Trail sets off from the centre of Ipswich at the landmark Old Town Hall and Post Office and in a half hour circuit takes in the many fine historic buildings in the CBD.
Top of Town
The name Top of Town was coined after World War II and some of the area’s landmark buildings reflect its prominence: one of Queensland’s earliest newspapers The Queensland Times occupied the building on the corner of Ellenborough St and Brisbane St and the gorgeous old Flour Mill was the birthplace of the retro radio station 4IP that every hip teenager of the 1960s and 70s had their transistor radio permanently tuned to.
Eating and Drinking
For coffee the best bets are Urban Pantry, a Byron bay style coffee bar and gourmet pantry that peddles delicious sweet treats and their own blend of beans Mudlark from a Byron bay roastery. Otherwise head around the corner to Ellenborough St where a charming Euro style laneway contains the seating for Rafter and Rose, a top notch cafe that also serves up delicious baked goodies, breakfast and lunch.
And no trip to Ipswich is complete without a trip to its very own Pumpyard brewery in heritage-listed basement lodgings on the edge of the CBD.
Denmark Conservation Park
Ipswich Nature Centre
Ipswich Art Gallery
The Workshops Rail Museum
Lastly, if staying late around late in the day, try some street food and drinks in the historic laneway cafe bar 116 Laneway and dinner next door at its Mehfil Indian restaurant.