The Ipswich Nature Centre (Ipswich Zoo) is the PERFECT place to take kids. Nestled in historic Queens Park in Ipswich, the Ipswich Nature Centre boasts FREE ENTRY with a gold coin donation. What a gorgeous, educational, cost-effective outing for your family!
The Ipswich Nature Centre is open every day on school holidays from 9.30 to 4 and is only closed Mondays outside of school holidays. It can be found on Goleby Avenue inside Queens Park in Ipswich.
There is an expansive free parking lot in between the Ipswich Zoo and the Japanese Gardens. If this is full then the streets within Queens Park have parking bays which can be easily accessed. There are many wheelchair parks available throughout the grounds.
What is the Ipswich Nature Centre?
The Ipswich Nature Centre has been a family-friendly destination for over 80 years! Australian wildlife are housed inside exhibits that are exactly like their local habitats. There is full accessibility for both wheelchairs and prams as ramps and footpaths gently wind their way around the exhibits so everyone can have a close look at the animals.
The Ipswich Nature Centre is beautifully landscaped with an incredibly array of native flora. It also hosts a lovely pond where ducks and swans reside and a fully operational rainforest aviary where you can see all sorts of interesting birds. There is also a nocturnal bilby exhibit where you can go through a tunnel to see these adorable little creatures snuggled up peacefully.
Just prior to exiting the Ipswich Nature Centre you will find a barn where all your children’s domesticated favourites live – piglets, goats, lambs, cows, chickens and more! Barn residents can change so if you would like to prepare your child for who they will see you might want to call ahead and check (07 3810 6666).
What Australian animals are at the Ipswich Nature Centre?
On our visit, we saw:
• An astounding amount of large lizards (who are very bold!)
• A variety of ducks
• Beautiful black swans
• A variety of wallabies
What else is there to do at Queens Park?
After you have finished at the Ipswich Nature Centre (making sure to leave your gold coin donation!) there is still plenty to do at this historic location. Queens Park in Ipswich was the first park to ever be built in Queensland! It was designed in 1892.
At Queens Park, you will also find:
• State-of-the-art, beautifully maintained playground (complete with water pump, climbing wall and a sunken train)
• The Japanese Gardens (Nerima Gardens)
• The Environment Education Centre café
• The Bush House and Bush Chapel for some quiet reflection
What facilities are there at Ipswich Nature Centre and Queens Park?
You will find this area to be wheel-chair accessible. The playground has a liberty swing. Queens Park has well-equipped bathroom facilities (including nappy change), four barbeques, plenty of car parks and picnic tables. There are also plenty of beautiful shady trees to spread a picnic rug under and watch the day go by.
So why wait? Visit the Ipswich Nature Centre now!
It’s so rare nowadays to find a quality activity for kids to do that’s cheap, let alone free! The Ipswich Nature Centre runs based on the donations of the people who attend so make sure you’re one of them. This is a wholesome, old-fashioned, healthy experience and a fantastic way to spend some much-deserved family time.