With over 42 species and around 200 animals in care - dingoes, bilbies, wallabies, water dragons and a whole petting zoo - the Ipswich Nature Centre , located in beautiful Queens Park is an unmissable experience.
A picturesque retreat into nature seven kilometres from the Ipswich Central Business District is the peaceful Kholo Gardens at Pine Mountain. It's an unexpected delight to explore with its lush gardens, crystal clear lily pond, bush walks and open spaces.
From mining heritage to downhill mountain biking, Castle Hill offers an experience unlike anything else in the region. With over 15 International Mountain Biking Association rated trails ranging from easy to very difficult, Castle Hill is suitable for riders of all abilities and is an iconic riding destination in Ipswich.
Located 20 minutes drive from the Ipswich City, the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate covers over 2,200 hectares. The conservation estate supports extensive forests and rugged volcanic peaks and slopes including Flinders Peak, Mt Blaine, Mt Catherine and Mt Goolman.
A wonderful way to cool down and enjoy the great outdoors in Ipswich is at Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve. The crossing is a low-lying bridge that crosses the Brisbane River in the suburb of Chuwar, and this long-time favourite with locals and visitors has all you need for a relaxing day out for all ages.
The Bremer River is at the heart of Ipswich, so the fantastic River Heart Parklands on its banks are aptly named. Enjoy the river breezes as you stroll through a mini rainforest, and past a cascading waterfall and sculpture pond.