About Ipswich

About The Area

Ipswich is centrally located in the booming south east Queensland region of Australia. To the east is the capital city Brisbane, and to the west are the rural and agricultural areas of the Brisbane, Lockyer and Fassifern Valleys. The city is ideally positioned on the national road network - 40 minutes drive from Brisbane, an hours drive from the Gold Coast and 60 minutes drive from domestic and international air and sea ports.

Ipswich comprises an area of 1090 square kms and has a population of 180,000 people. Ipswich enjoys a subtropical climate and is a safe, friendly and multicultural city. Residents come from 115 different ethnic backgrounds, speaking 84 languages.

As Queensland's oldest provincial city, Ipswich has a rich history. It is renowned for its architectural, natural and cultural heritage. Ipswich proudly preserves and still operates from many of its historical buildings and homes, with more than 6000 heritage-listed sites. Ipswich also has a range of charming townships within the western rural areas of the city, each with its own legitimate claims of historical significance.

Ipswich is an exciting place to live, work, invest and visit. Education plays an important role in the local economy with two universities and a wide choice of private and state government schools.

Ipswich offers all the modern facilities and attractions of a progressive city. Attractions include the Ipswich Art Gallery, the Workshops Rail Museum, steam trains, more than 500 parks, wineries, cafes, restaurants, cinemas and shopping centres. Ipswich hosts regular national and local festivals and events such as the Queensland Open Golf Championships, Ipswich Cup - the city's annual major horse race, drag racing's finest at the Winternationals held at Willowbank Raceway, Queensland 400 V8 supercars at Queensland Raceway, Ipswich Festival and Ipswich Show.

Ipswich is alive and leading the way in tourism, sport, industry, technology, education and residential development.

Proud Past

From the moment Queensland's first settlement was established on the shores of the Bremer River, Ipswich was destined to be a leader. Proud of its past, Ipswich has an exciting future ahead.

Heritage Preservation

As Queensland's oldest provincial city - the birthplace of Queensland Railways, Ipswich is renowned for its architectural, cultural and natural heritage. Traditional colonial, Queenslander homes and old churches, coupled with extensive rural areas, are hallmarks of the city.

Natural Setting

Ipswich has a magnificent blend of urban and rural environments. More than 500 parks and gardens dot the city. A diverse range of natural vegetation can be found including rainforest, open forests, woodlands, wetlands and grasslands.

Outdoor Adventure

Escape to the great outdoors of Ipswich. Bushwalk with family and friends, canoe along the rivers or experience the thrill of racing at the Ipswich Motorsport Precinct, amongst other activities.

Leisure Time

Enjoy Ipswich's many attractions - from the myriad of festivals and events, wineries, museums and galleries to the sporting and recreational opportunities.

Quality Lifestyle

Ipswich offers a relaxed lifestyle in a safe and friendly environment. It's modern and cosmopilitan yet retains the casual character of a rural community.

Leading The Way..into the future

With a rich history and many past and present achievements, Ipswich is an exciting place to live, work, visit and invest. Ipswich is leading the way in areas such as tourism, sport, industry, technology, education, residential development and heritage preservation.