Ipswich is open for visitors

Get ready to explore the Heritage City as attractions, tours and hospitality businesses are open and ready to welcome you back after recent flooding.
09 Mar 2022
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

After the recent flood event Ipswich businesses are starting to get back to normal.

Some places, especially near the Brisbane and Bremer rivers will be closed as restoration works are undertaken, but there are many businesses open again and ready to welcome you back.

Find out what’s open below.

Click here to see the attractions and experiences still closed.

Restaurants are cooking again and bars are pouring…

Many of our great restaurants and bars were not directly impacted by rising flood waters.  Memories of India had some water reach the back of the heritage-listed pub, but they are now open again and trading.

Now is a great time to visit the newly opened Ungermann Brothers Milk Bar, who are offering decadent desserts as well as burgers, fries and shakes.

Or book in for dinner at The Cottage Restaurant, Bakehouse Steakhouse, Homage, Dovetails or the Pumpyard Bar.

St Shoebill, Rafter and Rose, Fourthchild, Oikos, Queens Park Cafe, The Retro Diner, Cafe Kalina, Elderflower Cafe, Wild Rose Cottage, Raw Energy Springfield and many more cafes are open.

Why not try a dish from somewhere you haven’t been before?  The PA Hotel, Jets Ipswich, CSI and Brothers are all still trading.

To see a list of restaurants, bars and cafes in the City of Ipswich visit our Eat and Drink page.

Attractions are open

Brookwater Golf and Country Club

Attractions across Ipswich are open again!

Brookwater Golf and Country Club are inviting you to book a round on a Monday or Tuesday throughout March to receive a dozen TaylorMade TP5 golf balls. The price of $149 includes golf, a shared cart and one dozen TaylorMade TP5 golf balls.

The Workshops Rail Museum and Ipswich Art Gallery are open with exhibitions running.

Watercress Creek Olives and Limes are open and offering picnics as well as visits to their farm gate shop.

Summer Land Camels is open offering farm tours and camel rides.  You can visit Queens Park, Robelle Domain and many other parks across the region including the White Rock – Spring Mountain Conservation Estate.

Some parks and reserves near the river, like Colleges Crossing and Bob Gamble remain closed while restorations continue, however.


Tours are running

Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights

Tours are back running in Ipswich.  Book in for a Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flight from March 11, or a V8 Race Experience from March 13.

Ghost tours and Haunted Mansion tours are running, as well as Sip ‘n’ Dip classes.

The next Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway running day is March 27 followed by April 10, 24 and May 8 to celebrate Mother’s Day.

The animals are ready for a visit

The Ipswich Nature Centre is open and the animals are ready for a visit.  See Australian native animals as well as farmyard friends for free (gold coin donation encouraged).

Llamas, rabbits, donkeys, camels and more at The Llama Farm are dry again and welcoming people back.

The Ewe Nique Hobby Farm is planning to open on March 19 as the road to the farm needs repair.

Boutique shops are selling

The Soul Nook Collective

Retail outlets like The Soul Nook Collective, Obsession Shoes, A Country House Gifts and Homewares and more are open and ready for all your retail therapy needs.

And markets are running again.  My Local Market was postponed until March 13, the rest will run again on their next regular schedule.

See a list of retailers on our Shopping and Markets Page.

Hotels are taking bookings


Hotels and accommodation providers are safe and dry including Quest Ipswich and Springfield, Oaks Ipswich Aspire Suites, Woodlands of Marburg, Spicers Hidden Vale, Springfield Lakes Hotel and many more, see the full list on our accommodation page.

The road out to Pocket Retreats is currently being repaired and the property will be temporarily closed while works are completed.

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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