Things to Do
Weekend in Ipswich
Escape to Ipswich for a weekend and discover the old world charm that the picturesque heritage city has to offer. Ipswich has some wonderful hidden gems that beautifully celebrate its rich history, a history that has been wonderfully embraced by so many businesses.
Mary’s Place Bed & Breakfast – Mary’s Place is the perfect place to begin your historical Ipswich experience. A 1928 Bungalow with period features intact, Mary’s Place is abundant with heritage charm, antique furniture and decor.
Ipswich Heritage Trail – Ipswich has so many buildings with stories to tell, right back to when Ipswich was once New South Wales! Put on your walking shoes, visit the Ipswich Tourist Information centre and grab yourself an Ipswich Heritage Trail map. The Ipswich Heritage Trail is an easy walk and a ‘must-do’ when you visit Ipswich.
Workshops Rail Museum – Marvel the beautifully restored engines and carriages, simulators, model trains, films and endless amounts of artefacts in the old boiler house at the former Railway Workshops, now an award-winning museum. Here you will be taken back in time and learn more about the history of rail in Queensland.
Ipswich Antique Centre and Cafe – If you’re keen to take home with you a nice little antique memento of your weekend in Ipswich, you will definitely find it at the Ipswich Antique Centre. Located in the restored Uniting Church Central Memorial Hall, there is an endless array of antiques and collectables as well as a quaint cafe where you can ponder over your potential purchase.
Ipswich Art Gallery – Set in a heritage building that was once the Town Hall, the Ipswich Art Gallery is a must see. It’s not just an art gallery, but a visual arts and history museum, showcasing the city’s long held heritage and contemporary works that reflect the history of Ipswich.
Queens Park – The region’s oldest park dates from the 1860s and, along with splendid sandstone terraced gardens, features the traditional Japanese Nerima Gardens, and a fantastic free walk through Ipswich Nature Centre. Tucked away nearby is one of Queensland’s only Walter Burley Griffin designed buildings – the Incinerator Theatre.(which is home to Ipswich Little Theatre – check their program for productions).
Cactus Espresso Bar – Located in a historic building in the vintage Top of Town precinct, Cactus Espresso is your go to place for a great coffee, a hearty breakfast or a fresh and healthy lunch. A great place to recoup after a long day or plan for the day ahead.
As well as browsing for antiques and collectables at the Ipswich Antique Centre, make a stop at Shabbylicious, the ultimate destination for lovers of shabby chic vintage furniture and wares. Then for some unique vintage fashion finds head to the historic Top of Town precinct to The Vintage Advantage or the retro and vintage-inspired Diamond Dames Retro Boutique.
Studio 188 is a fringe arts venue and gallery space in Ipswich’s oldest church (designed by Richard Gailey), with a great value programme of cabarets, music acts and plays. Or check what’s being performed at the Burley Griffin Incinerator Theatre, home to Ipswich Little Theatre, or catch a touring ballet, opera. concert or musical at the Ipswich Civic Centre.
This article originally appeared on Must Do Brisbane. Republished here with permission.