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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
CMC Rocks QLD
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.
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.