Only 30 minutes from Brisbane you can find a number of amazing group tours options.
These offers are for groups of 10 or more, and as an extra incentive Ipswich City Council are offering a rebate to organised bus groups of 10 or more paid passengers, based on qualified spend in the city. Rebates start at $150 and to up to $650 per group. The program is open to all groups including tour and charter companies, Probus Clubs and other social groups, schools, corporate and incentive groups.
Ipswich is perfect for your next day trip or as part of a longer regional itinerary with historic sites, museums and heritage centres, farm tours and wildlife encounters, food tasting and workshops, scenic flights, live concerts, arts and culture and more.
Find your next adventure in the heritage city of Ipswich.
Explore planes and trains
The romance of train travel lives on in the Ipswich region – the birthplace of rail in Queensland. There are myriad ways to soak it up as well as experiences for aviation fans.
Immerse yourself in the history of rail at The Workshops Rail Museum. Including vast displays, restored engines, touring exhibitions and special events – including steam train services.
Make history come alive with more than 15 larger-than-life hands-on exhibits, multi-media encounters and colourful stories coupled with huge steam locomotives and massive industrial machinery.
Join one of two Museum tours daily (at 10:30am and noon) and discover more.
For aviation lovers there’s the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre. Community groups can visit on Tuesdays and Thursdays by prior appointment and entry for group tours is free.
RAAF Base Amberley’s Aviation Heritage Centre is a not-for-profit, must-see attraction for everyone visiting south-east Queensland, especially military aviation history enthusiasts.
The Heritage Centre has a range of exhibits and displays for visitors to explore. The collection of aircraft include: a C-47 Dakota, F-111, World War ll Boston Bomber, a Vietnam-era Canberra bomber, Caribou airlifter, Sabre and Mirage fighter jets, Macchi, plus a Sioux and Iroquois helicopter.
Tour inclusions include a guide and morning or afternoon tea if pre-booked.
Meet the animals
Want an experience guaranteed to leave you with a smile, look no further than one of Ipswich’s unique animal experiences.
At Naughty Little Kids you can experience a working goat dairy. Pat and feed baby goats, and even learn how to milk a goat by hand. Listen as the dairy farmers explain how cheese is made and how you can make it yourself at home. Taste delicious gelato and award winning cheese that is made on the farm.
For a farm experience with a twist Haigslea EWE Nique Hobby Farm offers a chance to get up close to a range of animals and morning tea.
Haigslea EWE Nique Hobby Farm is suitable for all ages and a great way to make memories that will last a life time. Farm owners, Penny and David, welcome everyone with open arms to their gorgeous little piece of paradise, and all visitors get to enjoy the rural setting of their 20 acre property when they meet the animals.
You can pat and feed the animals, Penny will give you an introduction to sheep wool and alpaca hair, and you can enjoy homemade scones, cakes and slices.
Picturesque Queens Park in the heart of Ipswich is home to the City’s own mini zoo, where you can meet the animals on one of the Ipswich Nature Centre’s VIP guided walking tours.
The Animal Encounters experience at the Ipswich Nature Centre includes access to animal feeding, animal care areas and a chance to learn about the amazing work the crew undertake for local wildlife and Bilby conservation. Included in the tour is a guided walking tour of the zoo, barnyard animals feeding and a reptile talk and pat.
Learn about the historical city of Ipswich
Ipswich is home to many historical buildings including towering St Mary’s Catholic Church – resplendent in Jacaranda season – which is one of the city’s most photographed landmarks. There are also entire streets lined with grand homes for your wandering and photographing pleasure.
Hop on board an Ipswich Heritage Tour coach ride from the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre to discover some of these fascinating buildings.
Knowledgeable guides will reveal the history of Ipswich showcasing some of the city’s best architecture. The two-hour route takes in popular heritage buildings, homes and sites including St Mary’s.
Upgrade your package to include a delicious Devonshire tea on the veranda of the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre overlooking Queens Park before your bus tour, and finish your experience with a delicious lunch at a restaurant in the historic 88 Limestone precinct.
Enjoy a journey through the Ipswich Antique Centre where one of the directors will take you on a journey through the history and restoration of the 1895 heritage-listed Congregational Sunday School Hall which is home to the Centre. Tuck into a light lunch of mixed sandwiches, drinks and cake, provided by the Heritage Coffee Corner.
Or take a curated journey through the world of antiques with the directors of the Centre talking about the history of the pieces.
Tour a grand old mansion
Woodlands of Marburg is a grand mansion that was built in 1890. In 1946, it became St Vincent’s Missionary Seminary and now is home to a restaurant, café, retreat style accommodation and is used as a corporate and private functions venue.
This new tour includes delicious freshly bakes country scones with jam and cream in the pioneer themed Tommy Smith Café followed by a heritage mansion tour, complete with a few ghost tales.
Take in the inspiring views of the Marburg Valley, on the guided mansion tour delving into the estate’s rich history and enjoy the surrounding botanical gardens and walking tracks.
Take to the skies
A gentle hot air balloon flight across the land at sunrise can turn an ordinary day into one that is completely unforgettable. And Ipswich, just a few minutes from Brisbane, you can cast off into the sky from a park as the day’s first rays creep across the land. These sunrise flights with Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights are a popular experience in the region and they are Brisbane’s closest hot air balloon company. Enjoy glorious views of Ipswich, the Scenic Rim and Somerset countryside.
Your package includes breakfast, a one hour city and country balloon flight, flight certificate and chance to assist with inflation and deflation of the balloon.
Get close to nature
At Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events take in the breathtaking views during a Bush Immersion Experience.
Improve your mood as you take in your surroundings and reconnect to the earth. Along the walking trails you will see birds, plants, wallabies, the unique geological structure of Ivory’s Rock from its base and the magnificent views of Brisbane and the Great Dividing Range.
At the end of the walk you will be rewarded with an authentic Aussie BBQ.
Sample local brews in an old watering hole
In the heart of Ipswich’s entertainment hub is the Pumpyard Brewery Bar – home of 4 Hearts Brewing. Set in spectacular heritage buildings that began life at the beginning of the 20th century as the Ipswich Technical College. But there’s a link here to times even earlier – the Pumpyard takes its name from the site’s earlier purpose. Originally the site was the base of water supply to the growing city of Ipswich. Today the brewery pulls big crowds for lunch and dinner, and you’ll often find live music in the laneways outside on weekends.
4 Hearts Brewing is the first brewery to open its doors in Ipswich in over 100 years. 4 Hearts brew masters are committed to premium local ingredients and profound taste with a core range complimented by seasonal small batch brews – there is never a dull flavour pouring.
The 4 Hearts Brewing Exclusive 3 Course Brewer’s Dinner, allows your group exclusive access to the brew house and beer tasting with the head brewer.
The 4 Hearts Brewing Corporate Package with Brewery Tour will wow your colleagues.
Upgrade your training or team building day, and access the function room, a delicious morning tea and lunch in 4 Hearts’ Pumpyard Bar or Dovetails Restaurant, talk and tour with Head Brewer and beer tasting.
Try wild flavours from a Masterchef star
The historic 88 Limestone precinct is also home to Ungermann Brothers Icecream Parlour, where you can learn how to make gourmet ice cream.
Ungermann Brothers was started by Masterchef finalist Ben Ungermann and his brother Danny in their hometown of Ipswich. You can taste incredible flavours such as lavender and honeycomb, Dutch spice or coffee and cardamom. And you can sign up for a cooking class to learn how to make your own!
Ungermann Brothers Ice Cream Parlour specialises in producing its own range of Ice Creams from locally sourced natural ingredients.
As well as learning to make one of their unique flavours they will also show you how to plate up a dessert dish to restaurant quality. Classes are a 100% hands on experience.
Find some tranquility
Relax and unwind at Tranquil Tea House when you book a tea tasting experience with an experienced tea brewer and tea taster.
As you sip on four different teas, smell and taste their unique flavours, learn about teas from different regions in Sri Lanka and Ceylon tea history and culture.
Tranquil Tea House is set amongst boutique shops and shares a space with hand-crafted cupcake store Little Mode Cupcakery.
Take a bite at one of the city’s award winning restaurants
Take a tour of Club Services Ipswich’s LongHorn Bar & Grill and enjoy lunch or dinner.
CSI recently won Best Licensed RSL Services Club in Queensland and constantly works to please patrons. Lunch and Dinner at CSI’s LongHorn Bar & Grill will excite you whether it’s Christmas in July, Christmas in December or just your group’s regular meal together.
Their awesome staff would love to help you choose from one of the new menus (including Gluten Wise and Vegetarian) or they can cater to your groups’ individual needs. See what goes on behind the scenes in the kitchen, enjoy complimentary bread rolls, tea and coffee and chat with the Chef or General Manager.
Delight in Devonshire Tea on the veranda of the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre with giant scones, cream and jam and bottomless cups of brewed local coffee and tea, all served with views from the veranda onto the beautiful gardens and HMAS Ipswich memorial in Queens Park.
The centre has parking for buses and is an ideal rest area and comfort stop where guests can stretch their legs and browse the gift shop.
Enjoy a food and beverage group package at Fourthchild Cafe Restaurant for breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. Whether it be a buffet breakfast, Devonshire tea, a champagne lunch or dinner party they can cater to any budget. High teas are their specialty and they bake fresh scones, quiches, pies and cheesecake daily.
Ipswich’s fine dining restaurant, The Cottage, is offering a seniors two course roast lunch.
Set in one of Ipswich’s oldest houses circa 1861, the delicious offering of roast beef and trimmings with red wine gravy, mini pavlova with seasonal fruits is complemented with amazing views of St Mary’s Catholic Church and the heritage city centre of Ipswich.
Includes complementary tea and coffee, discounted house white and red wine.
One of Ipswich’s most loved historic buildings is the home of the Ipswich Jets Rugby League Football Club.
There you can enjoy a lunch package, including main, dessert and tea and coffee with historical talk and learn about the buildings beginnings in 1880 as well as a few ghost stories.
Art Classes and Demonstrations
Julesart Gallery is filled with paintings, drawings and porcelain including vases, plates, jewellery and more. Listen to Julie explain the process of different mediums, where she gets her inspiration and her philosophy towards art. She will also demonstrate painting on porcelain and the drawing process.
Or you could have a go at producing your own piece of jewellery using quick, one fire techniques. The pieces will be fired during the day and Julie will step you through the process and supply all equipment, paint and designs if required.
Julie also offers a three hour paint-a-long with the artist session where she gives you step by step instructions for you to complete your own personalised piece of jewellery or canvas. Choose a design and make some art, the jewellery will be kiln fired over night and delivered to your door, or paint a canvas and take it home on the day.
Catch a show
For entertainment of the theatrical or musical kind in Ipswich, the Ipswich Civic Centre has got a year-round program to please all tastes. The entertainment venue in the city’s heart has seen many great shows grace its stage from the Imperial Russian Ballet, to country music stars Adam Brand and Beccy Cole, and even kids’ superstars, The Wiggles. Ipswich Civic Centre provides light refreshments and main meals courtesy of Stars Café Bar for selected shows.
Delight your group with a live show at Ipswich’s premier entertainment venue.
School tours and excursions
Go behind the scenes at a major event
Go behind the scenes at a major event
Students can spend the day trackside at the Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway for free.
The Supercars Students on Track program is an opportunity for teachers and students to witness the action of the team garages and the excitement of a press conference.
Student workbooks written to the curriculum are provided to show how classroom learnings translate to life on the track and a Junior Press conference is held where students can interview a number of the drivers.
Bring history to life
With more than 15 hands-on exhibitions, colourful stories, impressive steam locomotives and industrial machinery The Workshops Rail Museum is a great learning experience for students.
All aboard for a wholly interactive authentic heritage and cultural experience with real trains, carriages and onto the platforms of our past and present. Enhance your students’ learning with a School Program session led by a Museum Learning Officer or opt for a self-led visit.
Learn about the history of aviation at the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre. There’s a range of exhibits for visitors including fighter jets, helicopters and a World War 22 Boston Bomber.
Spark your students’ imagination at the Ipswich Historical Society‘s Cooneana Heritage Centre. Investigate the past and enjoy a day tailed for your class, included an olden days school room experience, blacksmithing demonstrations, see and sit on old motorbikes, wash clothes by hand and hang them on the line.
Get up close to a variety of animals at Haigslea EWE Nique Hobby Farm. Feed the animals with farmer Dave and learn about wool and alpaca hair.
The Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm animal interaction educational class includes a popper, water and fruit for morning tea.
Live theatre performance
Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus reinvents the composer Mozart’s magical music in a skilful and illuminating show featuring Circa’s dexterous daredevil artists and a live accordionist. Watch as the notes are physically lifted off the page as performers bring the renowned compositions to life amidst a storm of powder, tumbles and crashes, all under the eccentric swirl of the conductor’s baton.
Education notes are available for this school performance being held on Tuesday 30 July 2019.