Things to do
Planes, Trains and Automobiles!
The team from Channel 7’s Queensland Weekender recently visited Ipswich to discover all things big, loud and fast. Being the birthplace of rail in Queensland, and home to Australia’s largest operational air force base and the Ipswich Motorsport Precinct, Ipswich has plenty to offer loves of planes, trains and automobiles.
The Workshops Rail Museum
The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich is located at Australia’s oldest railway workshops still in operation. The 150-year-old workshop offers a wholly interactive and cultural experience for visitors. History comes alive with hands on exhibits, multi-media encounters coupled with huge steam locomotives and massive industrial machinery.
RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre
The RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre is a must-see attraction for those interested in South East Queensland’s rich aviation history. Spread out over 3 hangars, the Heritage Centre has a range of displays, including a World War II Boston Bomber, a Vietnam-era Canberra bomber, Caribou airlifter, Sabre and Mirage fighter jets, and F-111s. Open days are held on the third Sunday of every month between 9 and 3, except December and January.
And because there is so much to see, a brilliant accommodation option is only 20 minutes down the road – Woodlands of Marburg. This is a beautiful plantation style estate built in 1890 and featuring beautiful rooms and gardens.
V8 Race Experience
Queensland Raceway, at Willowbank near Ipswich, is a magnet for motorsport enthusiasts. The circuit, nicknamed the ‘paperclip’ due to its shape, welcomes big events like the Australian Superbike Championships and the hugely popular V8 Supercars. Even novice rev-heads can take to the track via the V8 Race Experience. Under the guidance of an experienced coach, participants can enjoy the thrills of navigating this world-class circuit at speeds of up to 180kph.
Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway
The volunteers of the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway are some of the most dedicated train fanatics you will meet. Their depot at Box Flat, a few clicks out of Ipswich, is home to a variety of old wooden carriages, railway memorabilia and of course locomotives.
Their beautifully restored PB15 steam engine is the cream of the crop, and members of the public even have the chance to drive her.