Queens Park in Ipswich
Queens Park in Ipswich is a destination more than a park with animals to see, playgrounds to adventure on and gardens to peruse.
In the relentless search to find ways to fill our children’s days with wonder and adventure, (yet without a hefty price tag attached), there are very few places that can boast the ability to tick as many boxes as Queens Park in Ipswich. Designed in 1862, it was the first park to ever be built in Queensland and over the years has grown to be a much-loved family favourite….and it’s not hard to see why.
Queens Park Ipswich – The Attractions
The park also boasts a brand new café, Environment Education Centre, bush house and bush chapel as well as the beautifully manicured, Japanese-inspired Nerima Gardens. But it’s the Nature Centre, which is free to enter and a mere stroll from the playground, which really gets the kids excited.
More like a mini-zoo, the centre’s pram-friendly wooden ramps wind invitingly between enclosures and beneath trees, around ponds and past cascading water features. Along the way kids can marvel at an array of native animals including kangaroos, wombats, goats, bulls, chickens, snakes, emus and bilbies – just to name a few and the barnyard section in particular always seems to be a big hit as visitors are able to get in quite close to our farm-dwelling friends. A stroll through the enclosed rainforest bird aviary is a delight for the senses too as it comes to life with the sounds and bright colours of its inhabitants.
With so much to see you can really plan for a full day at least within the grounds of the parkland. The Japanese gardens and Nature Centre do operate within set hours though, so it is best to ring them first on 07 3810 6666 first to check if they are open on the day you go.
Queens Park playgrounds
The state-of-the-art playground provides all the usual equipment kids’ love but also comes complete with a flying fox, sunken train, water pump play area, liberty swing and climbing wall.
Surrounding the playground are lush green parklands with large shady trees that are almost begging to have picnic blankets strewn out beneath their leafy canopies. Aside from all the wonderful play equipment like the sunken train and concrete chair area that just entice imaginative play there are so many other elements within the park that can help encourage imagination.
The local Jacaranda and Pine trees provide not only a picturesque setting but a natural assortment of craft materials too. Children will love finding leaves and racing them down the water pump trails in the playground. They can spend a whole morning with just this activity alone and its great to see them assessing which leaves go faster and why as they constantly update and re-work their natural boats.
Special Needs Consideration
Queens Park Playground is an all abilities playground with a liberty swing and access for wheelchairs including toilet facilities. The wide, flat pathways that create the route throughout The Nature Centre are also easily accessible by wheelchair.
Queens Park Ipswich – The Facts
- Not Fenced
- Toilets inc disabled access (2 toilet blocks)
- Nappy changing facilities
- 4 Electric BBq’s
- Rubber base around equipment
- Lots of shade over the playground
- No fitness equipment
- You can walk dogs but no dog area
- Water nearby including river stones Just a water pump where children can pump the water and watch it run down the little streams made.
- 2 carparks and a number of street parking in the streets all through queens park. Free parking and disabled parking.
Although there is easily a full day worth of fun and exploration at Queens Park there are also many other great spots nearby that might be worth a visit while you are in Ipswich. The Workshop Railway Museum is always a huge hit with the kids as is the ever-popular Ipswich Art Gallery. Nearby Playgrounds in Ipswich include Grande Park and Discovery Park which are both fenced.