Top 7 Insta-worthy locations in Ipswich

Looking for some interesting shots to upload to the gram? Check out the top photo-worthy spots below.
21 Nov 2022
Josh Kerr, Ipswich Trekker

Well boys and girls, gather round for I have a tale to tell, a great list of sneaky locations in Ipswich, that are absolutely bangin’ spots for the ‘gram. 

Here’s my top 7 Instagram-worthy photo spots in Ipswich…

Joseph Brady Park

Joseph Brady Park

Coming in hot with one of our many top-notch green spaces, Joseph Brady Park rests on the intersection between the Bremer and Brisbane river systems. So right off the bat we’ve got ourselves a deep, wide body of water, still enough to reflect the sky and with opposing banks rising out of the depths in islands of green. Any way you slice it, Joseph Brady has the ingredients of a top photo spot and with the afternoon sun casting a warm ambience from the west, it’s relatively straight forward to get shots such as this one.

Taken with a DSLR 8mm lens, f.16 iso 100, stabilised on a tripod.

Lions Lookout

Lions Lookout

With easily the best view of Ipswich City around, Lions Lookout is an obvious choice for panos, selfies and everything in between. I actually wouldn’t recommend going around the time these images were shot (midday), just as a general rule – results will always be better in the morning or the arvo but this is a nice example of the kind of snaps you can get out this way. Nonetheless, when it comes to photos showcasing the region as a whole, Lion’s has you covered.

I shot this Panorama with a DSLR fixed 100mm lens, 17 images stitched together.  


Winternationals 2021

Being the home of the biggest drag racing championships outside of North America, a must-do for those visiting our lovely city is a visit to Willowbank Raceway. It’s a rare opportunity to capture motorsport action, an interesting addition to anyone’s Instagram portfolio.

The image was captured at the main drag strip at Willowbank during Winternationals, with a super wide 8mm.

River Heart Parklands

River Heart Park Lands

This is proof right here that you don’t need to be carrying around anything fancy to be taking some fantastic shots for that Instagram clout. Taken at River Heart Parklands in the boardwalk section closest to Bob Gamble Park, a stunning cascade of golden brilliance reflecting down the river at sunset is all you need for the perfect shot.

This vibrant little number is the result of some good angles, an iPhone 7 and a little favour from the sun.

Ipswich Nature Centre

Nature Centre, Spotted Tailed Quoll, Photo: Greg Harm – Tangible Media

Wildlife photography… requires time, patience, kit and often times a trip into the bush. Unless you’re savvy enough to go where a whole arsenal of native, rare and precious animals live… The Ipswich Nature Centre.

Located in the centre of town, at Queens Park there’s animals galore here. You too have the power to snap this pic of a local Spotted Tailed Quoll as she practises a little parkour around her enclosure – an animal so rare that most of you will likely have never seen one outside of a computer screen.

This image with a lovely shallow depth of field is the result of shooting a Nikon D800 at an aperture of f.28 right through the enclosure glass. Courtesy of local photographer Greg Harm of Tangible Media.



Well, we’re back to Willowbank Raceway for a crowd favourite, and that of course is a much loved country music festival, CMC Rocks QLD.

This goes without saying that festival pics are a must when it comes to a well fleshed out Insta profile…So it’s quite convenient that we also happen to host Australia’s biggest international country music festival.

This shot is yet again the result of an iPhone and some creative flare, taken by one of our own, Sarah Mills from the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre. 

Canberra Bomber

Canberra Bomber, Willowbank – Josh low res

Now this one is a little unorthodox considering the locations and events we’ve covered thus far, but it’s unknown enough and unique enough that I dare say it’s worth a mention. The mighty Canberra Bomber of Willowbank is a full sized, decommissioned Vietnam War-era aircraft that sits perched atop its mount, across from Willowbank Caravan Park. For aviation enthusiasts, it’s a great spot for a shot of an Iconic Aussie warbird.

The image was taken with a 16mm wide angle shot, right in the middle of the day, for best results I’ll again recommend to head out on sunrise or sunset on a nice clear day.

Josh Kerr Ipswich Trekker
Josh ‘The Bear’ Kerr, is an Ipswich local, hiker, tour guide, photographer, fitness instructor and most recently, Ipswich’s Google Trekker. Having grown up in the area since age 7 and quickly becoming involved in the outdoor scene, he would eventually put these skills to good use trekking almost all of Ipswich and its surrounds for Google Maps. What would ensue, is some of the most comprehensive mapping of any city in the southern hemisphere, from our historic streets and suburbs to our most rugged mountain peaks. “After 8 grueling months and over 3 million steps, Ipswich is finally on the map!”

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