To ensure the safety of our community, we have decided to take a number of measures to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. We apologise for any inconvenience. The Ipswich Nature Centre will be closed from Monday 30 March to Sunday 31 May.

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.

Things to Do near Ipswich Nature Centre

Check out some of these other great experiences that you can add to your itinerary when visiting the Ipswich Nature Centre:

Queens Park

For a park with the true trademark heritage feel, you can’t go past Queens Park. One of the oldest parks in QLD.

Queens Park

Nerima Gardens

An idyllic retreat to wind down your visit to Queens Park or take a break between enjoying its other numerous attractions.

Nerima Gardens, Ipswich

Queens Park Cafe

On any given day you’ll find families and couples relaxing over food and drinks on the wide leafy verandas.

Queens Park Cafe

Who’s Who in the Zoo?

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost to visit the Ipswich Nature Centre?

Admission is free, however a donation of a gold coin would be appreciated.  All donations will be used for the care of the animals and future improvements to the Nature Centre.

Can bring my school group or similar to the Centre?

Schools and other large groups are requested to pre-book their visit at least one month in advance by contacting Council on (07) 3810 6666.

Can I bring a picnic to have in the Centre?

No, please do not picnic (no food or drink) within the Nature Centre

Is their disability access to the Nature Centre?

Yes, the Nature Centre is completely wheelchair friendly.

Can I bring my dog to the Ipswich Nature Centre?

No pets are allowed in the Nature Centre.

Is the Nature Centre open on public holidays?

The Nature Centre is open on all public holidays with the exception of Christmas Day and Good Friday.