Historic buildings, rural views and more reasons to book events in the Heritage City

If you're looking for a place to host an event, Ipswich has plenty of options...
20 May 2020
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

From historic and heritage buildings, to newly renovated and built event spaces there are a lot of reasons to book your next corporate or group event in the Heritage City.

Workshops Rail Museum

After Dark at The Workshops Rail Museum

Imagine your next function set in the authentic surrounds of the birthplace of rail in Queensland.  The Workshops Rail Museum offers a variety of one-of-a-kind spaces.  Functions are developed to suit your requirements and come with the option to add a torch light tour of the museum after dark available at $10 per person.

There’s three spaces available for hire.

The Refreshments Room – seats up to 70 at full capacity.  It is a perfect space for smaller training sessions and group work with large timber tables and chairs.  Data projector and screen, whiteboard, WiFi and PA are all included in the venue hire.

The Trackside Café – seats up to 200 at full capacity.  It is the original dining hall for the Queensland Rail Workshops. Featuring high ceilings, VJ walls and a long glass window wall that overlooks two beautiful fairy lit trees.  A great air-conditioned space for large sit down or cocktail dinners – featuring a parquetry dance floor, bar and Bluetooth speakers.  Venue hire includes all linen cloths, crockery and glassware. 

Moving Goods – seats up to 200 at full capacity.  A large semi-outdoors industrial space with three open sides – one with optional roll down walls. The space features a Moving Goods Loco and its carriages, mammoth sawtooth roofing, concrete flooring and heavy metal posts.  This space is most utilised as a trade show venue during the day but can be transformed into a magical sit down dinner or cocktail space of a night.

Catering is available from cocktail style with hot and cold options to alternative drop menus, see more information here.

4 Hearts Brewing

4 Hearts Brewing function space

Weddings, birthdays and so much more take place in the 4 Hearts Brewing function spaces.

The Lord Lamington Suite is a beautifully restored space with high ceilings and exposed brick and beams, ideal for corporate events, weddings, Christmas parties and engagement parties. It is a private space with full facilities including AV and bar.  It can take up to 110 people seated and 140 people for a cocktail style function.

The Pumpyard Lab is a unique, private space within the brewery and the perfect size for small engagement parties, birthdays and social work events.  It has a capacity of 30 seated and 40 standing guests.

The Dovetails Deck is a beautiful outdoor space made for baby showers, birthday gatherings and intimate weddings, a special space for events day or night.  It can hold 42 people seated and 50 standing.  It surrounds a heritage Poinciana tree and is suited for a cocktail event or high tea.

The Dovetails Private Dining Room accommodates intimate groups for board meetings, anniversaries and social gatherings and can take 10 people seated.  Dovetails Restaurant pairs sophisticated decor with a casual, relaxed setting and gourmet food and drinks.

Flexible catering and bar options are available to suit all group sizes and corporate bookings have the use of a data projector and screen and wifi.  You can also book 4 Hearts Brewing Mobile Beer Catering, a full setup and service of fresh tap beer to corporate or private events off site.  More information here.

Ipswich Showgrounds

Ipswich Show Grounds new events centre

The newly upgraded and renovated Ipswich Events Centre at the Ipswich Showgrounds will be able to host conferences, trade shows, small expos, weddings and lots of other functions.

The upstairs area has about 2500sqm of floor space and along with the new kitchen can host about 600-800 people for a stand up cocktail party and about 400 seated guests for dinner.

There is the ability to hire all or some of the space to cater for different needs.

There are several hundred free car parking spaces on-site and access to loading docks, as well as 18 bathrooms and disabled access.

The downstairs area, whilst smaller has a community kitchen and several meeting rooms for community groups to access.

The Ipswich Show Society welcomes people to come and look through the venue, phone the office on 3281 1577 for more information.

Ipswich Civic Centre

Whether you need to cater for a stand-up-and-mingle function or a fully catered three-course sit-down meal, the Ipswich Civic Centre can help make your occasion a success.   Meetings, expos, trade shows, conferences and corporate events, can be accommodated with flexible room options, technical support and catering are all centred around making your event a success.

The centre has five well-appointed and versatile function rooms that are suitable for your function, from 12 in a boardroom setting to 760 in a theatre style. The venue offers a comprehensive range of cutting-edge equipment and experienced staff capable of assisting to enhance a range of meetings, multimedia presentations and corporate events.

Brothers Leagues Club

Brothers Restaurant

The beautifully renovated Brothers Leagues Club features two function rooms.

The Tryline space is a great area for a cocktail style event with finger food and nibbles, and has a capacity of 120.

While their function room can do both formal and informal events, catering for up to 190 people seated and 220 standing.

On site catering ranges from platters with prawns, grilled chorizo and savoury tarts to canapes and sliders.  There is also the option for a buffet, breakfast and a two or three course dinner menu.

Bookings can make use of a digital projector and screen, television and video/DVD, whiteboard, microphone and sound system.

Floating Images

Floating Images

Whether you’re looking for a unique way to entertain clients, reward staff, or connect better with your team, a Floating Images hot air balloon flight is a thrilling memory to share together. 

Use a hot air balloon flight as an innovative marketing tool, a special gift or incentive for your business, or wow your clients, conference attendees with this unforgettable experience. Floating Images balloon flights can cater for small groups of 4-10 passengers, and can charter extra balloons to handle up to 80 people!

A balloon flight is also a unique way to celebrate a staff member reaching a milestone or a long-time and valued employee.  During the flight there is a mounted camera to take photos of the experience and up to 10 people can fly at a time.  The experience can be tailored to individual needs, including locations, transfers, breakfast and in-flight photos.

Aside from flights around the Greater Brisbane region, special regional flight locations can include Spicers Hidden Vale at Grandchester, Ivory’s Rock Convention and Events at Peak Crossing, Kooralbyn Resort or even Cherrabah Homestead Resort or any other Ipswich, Scenic Rim or Somerset region venue.

The adventure takes about 3-4 hours and starts 45 minutes before sunrise, the one hour scenic flight takes in breathtaking views before you softly float to the ground.

Quest Ipswich

Quest Ipswich

Book your next conference at Quest Ipswich’s Queenslander Conference Room.

The room is a great space for meetings, seminars, and training sessions and depending on the layout can accommodate up to 30 people theatre-style.  Equipment including a data projector and screen, audio, and a whiteboard is all included, along with high-speed NBN wifi.  Delegates also have access to a self-serve tea and coffee station and on-site parking.

The Conference room and bathrooms are fully accessible.   

Catering can be arranged through a local Ipswich provider depending on the needs of the booking. This can be something simple from a selection of sandwiches, or slices, through to full day delegate packages with a hot buffet lunch.

There is also a lovely patio area just outside the Conference room, perfect for before or after function networking and drinks. Accommodation is also available on site with studio, one, two and three bedroom serviced apartments.

See more information here.

Ivory’s Rock


Ivory’s Rock has been designed to host and facilitate large outdoor conventions, conferences and events, plus a range of workshops, retreats and corporate functions. Accommodation can be booked for specific events along with the venue, with a range of overnight options available for guests.

Conference Hall:

A self-contained, modern, comfortable building, the Conference Hall was designed and built for the purpose of staging conferences, training, large meetings, product launches and related activities.  The venue holds 360 people seated in a theatre style. It can be quickly converted to provide dining facilities or be set up for musical events, awards nights or speaker functions. 

Function Centre:

The Casuarina Function Centre and Restaurant provides a venue where quality luncheons or gala dinners can be combined with conference or workshop activities held during the day.  The restaurant is serviced by a modern, well-equipped commercial kitchen, plus a bar with adjoining lounge area for evening drinks or preliminary drinks to luncheon or dinner events.  The central dining room can hold 120 people in style and comfort, is fully air-conditioned with modern fittings and breakout rooms available.


This is a large alfresco outdoor plaza, a meeting area for socialising and suitable for high volume hospitality and retail sales.  Covered by a unique domed roof, it can be serviced by any or all of the 29 purpose-built shops surrounding the inner dome. These are suitable for food and beverage operations, retail and concession sales, information booths and special purposes.  The stores are capable of servicing up to 2000 people per hour. The facility can hold upwards of 3000 plus guests.


Located in the natural curve of a hill, with magnificent views of Ivory’s Rock, this venue is one of the largest and best appointed outdoor, open air amphitheatres privately owned in Australia. It features sandstone tiers and a full shade canopy enabling the comfortable staging of both day and evening events. A modern and fully equipped sound stage addresses every production need, whether you’re staging musical events, outdoor film or theatre events, opera or public speakers.  The venue can hold up to 5000 people, with modern bathrooms provided and room for food and beverage concessions.

Dining Room and Camping Grounds:

The Jacaranda dining room is a simple well-appointed building with wide Queenslander verandas, commercial kitchen and an air-conditioned interior seating up to 56 guests. There are wide lawns for the erection of marquees and a parking area adjacent to building.  It is a quiet and private location suitable for smaller conferences, training, meetings and functions. Audio-visual packages are available for hire on request.  A fully serviced campground is attached to this venue and modern bathroom facilities are available for patrons. For group bookings, large fully serviced tents can be provided with beds, bedding, towels and linen.

Bring in your own caterer, or Ivory’s Rock can recommend catering companies they have worked with in the past.

On site there is a lodge, apartments, 90 en-suited cabins, plus a number of well-equipped and serviced campgrounds surrounding event areas and facilities. Safari-style tent accommodation can be organised for up to 3000 people as well as facilities for situating motor homes and caravans.

Woodlands of Marburg


If your looking for a corporate retreat or team building venue with a difference, Woodlands of Marburg will help you make it an adventure to remember.  The historic property is set in stunning surroundings and has plenty of indoor and outdoor areas to choose from.  Specialising in corporate retreats, Woodlands of Marburg is a plantation-style estate which belies an intriguing past.

It has five different event spaces within the venue – great for anyone looking for a conference venue, meeting room or corporate retreat.

The venue emanates old-world charm but has modern facilities.  They can accommodate up to 50 guests in their own room or more than 100 in shared accommodation. Facilities include conference rooms, break out areas, meeting rooms and board rooms, separate dining areas and leisure areas.  They can also offer conference packages over multiple days.  The property features a tennis court, swimming pool and games room, it also has multiple bars and hire includes the use of LCD projector, white board, flip chart, PA system, microphone and more.

They also offer full catering and onsite accommodation.  See their website for more information.

Studio 188


Studio 188 is available for hire for a range of productions, events, functions, film screenings, music recording and performances.

This venue has been fully equipped with the latest sound, visual and lighting technology. A qualified technician will be on hand to provide sound and/or lighting requirements.

North Ipswich Reserve

North Ipswich Reserve

Whatever type of function you’re organising, the North Ipswich Reserve Corporate Centre provides a range of fully catered options to suit, and different spaces for events of all shapes and sizes.

Catering services are flexible and professional, putting you in control. Whether your function is informal, inexpensive or a full-service formal affair, you determine the menu in consultation with our staff. The venue offers a comprehensive range of cutting-edge equipment and experienced staff capable of assisting to enhance a range of meetings, multimedia presentations and corporate events.

Ipswich Turf Club

Ipswich Turf Club

There are three great spaces available for events and functions at the Ipswich Turf Club.

The Grange Lounge:

This is a spectacular venue overlooking the parade enclosure.   It is the largest function room on site, and offers a contemporary venue that will impress guests from the moment they arrive.  Situated in the new Events Centre the Grange Lounge offers guests a first-class venue suitable for weddings, conferences or after five drinks. The space can be divided into two separate rooms offering conferences a second break-out area. The southern end is also used as the Member’s Lounge on race days. The northern room has a separate staircase entry from the breezeway.

The balcony overlooks the track down the home straight while the glass frontage is perfect to take in the views while inside. The staircase offers brides a stunning photo backdrop or an impressive entrance to any premium event. Lift access is available. The Grange Lounge links with the Eye Liner Lounge and grandstand and can seat 260 people or accommodate 500 cocktail style.  

Eye Liner Lounge:

Enter via the grand terrazzo staircase to the newly refurbished Eye Liner Lounge. The private and elegant space is suitable for every occasion including weddings, celebrations or presentations.  Situated at grandstand level, the Eye Liner Lounge provides seclusion and privacy for larger functions. The room includes a fully licensed private bar and lounge break off area.

The newly refurbished room also offers a private area for the hosts to take five. Ideally suited as a bridal powder room or change area this extra added bonus will be a welcome addition to any premium function. Lift access is available.  The Eye Liner Lounge can accommodate 300 people in a cocktail style function or 180 seated.

Ipswich Racing Museum:

The Ipswich Racing Museum is located on the ground floor close to the main entrance providing guests with the option of an indoor/outdoor venue. The refurbished building was initially established in 1950 to house the tote for the Ipswich Turf Club. Now it tells the history of racing in the region with the journey displayed on the walls.  The Museum is the ideal venue for a small board room lunch or workshop or a cocktail function spilling out under the awning. The room has new flooring, bar and customised lighting. There is easy wheelchair access.  It can accommodate up to 200 in a cocktail-style function or 100 seated.

Club Services Ipswich

Club Services Ipswich function set up

There are three separate areas for functions at Club Services Ipswich.

The Legends Sports Bar is a great area for functions with a semi open set-up or a private area with lots of atmosphere.  Around 100 can fit here seated or 130 cocktail style.  A microphone, data projector, WiFi, linen and balloons are all provided for you.

Then there’s the Longhorn Bistro which can be booked for small casual affairs either seated or cocktail style.  CSI can use glass partitions to create a private area for up to 100 people.  Linen and balloons are provided.

And they have the Long Tan Room, a separate room located on the ground level of the club.  The area is suited for all types of events from birthdays, to board meetings.  The room also has a separate bar!  Up to 120 people seated or 180 cocktail style can fit.  Microphone, data projector, WiFi, linen and balloons are provided.

The club can also cater the event with platters including pizza and wings, seafood, sandwiches and fruit.

Other catering options include two course alternate drop menus and two course buffets.

Contact 3812 3366 to book or email [email protected].

Quest Springfield

Conference 2

Quest Springfield Central’s meeting and conference room is an ideal venue for general meetings, presentations, training and product launches. The modern room, located on the sixth floor, offers a large balcony with views of Springfield. Kitchen facilities are conveniently adjacent, as well as access to the business lounge.

Venue hire includes complimentary wifi, whiteboard, flipcharts and AV equipment.

Pricing options for the Quest Springfield Central meeting rooms include venue hire, complimentary tea, coffee, iced water, mints, pads and pens. Professional catering can be arranged, including delicious morning and afternoon teas, a range of lunch options, and post-conference canapés.

Ipswich Country Motel

Three function rooms available

The Ipswich Country Motel is in a quiet location with three function spaces.

The largest function room can host up to 200 delegates theatre style, or the room can be split into three separate rooms.  It has air conditioning and hire comes with free wifi and standard conference equipment including a screen and whiteboard.  Audio-visual equipment available for hire.

The beer garden located between the bar and the pool hosts a beautiful new outdoor kitchen, a great option for outdoor functions with packages tailored to suit your needs.  A menu can be custom designed to suit requirements and budget with special dietary needs catered for.  They also have on-site accommodation with 45 rooms, abundant parking, restaurant and bar facilities, pool and an outdoor entertainment area.

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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