It’s that time of the year with clear blue Autumn skies and with the cooler months upon us, there’s no better time to head out and go ROAD TRIP’N. Today we are not venturing to far from Brisbane but after you have arrived you could feel that you are a million miles from nowhere. West of Brisbane and just south of Ipswich’s CBD set in the older part of Ipswich is Queens Park. First surveyed in 1842 and heritage listed in September 2002 this sprawling expanse of grassy parklands, Japanese Gardens and other hidden adventures and delights is just waiting to be discovered.
Pack your camera and picnic goodies, put on your comfy walking shoes and let’s check out Queens Park – Ipswich.
Open 7 days with plenty of free car parking scattered throughout the gardens, Queens Park is an ideal location for all age groups. There is nothing more relaxing than taking a leisurely stroll around the parklands soaking up the atmosphere giving you the opportunity to check out at all the things there are to do and see.
The Visitor Information Centre is also situated in the Park, drop in and get all the information and brochures you need to have a relaxing day out.
If you have brought your own picnic goodies there are plenty of BBQ’s and tables all around the park as well as open grassy areas if you just want to throw the blanket on the ground. The kids will be entertained in the playground which is situated near the Queens Park Café. BBQ’s and picnic tables are close by.
There is so much more to do and see and one of the most exciting things is that a lot of it is free. Wander over to the Ipswich Nature Centre and follow the tracks as you meander along the paths to check out the home of some of Australia’s Native animals which include ducks, kangaroos, wallabies, lizards, snakes, birds, cows, sheep and many more.
Feeling a little exhausted and in need of some quiet time to catch your breath, Queens Park has got you covered. Situated close to the Nature Centre is a place of peace and tranquillity the Japanese inspired, with an Australian twist, Nerima Gardens. Walkways wind their way in and out of the centre of the garden, crossing over Japanese style wooden bridges that span babbling brooks passing the Tea House situated amongst all the greenery. Birds chirping in the background and splashing in the lake, the sounds of a cool autumn breeze as it blows through the tall trees, lizards sunning themselves in the morning sun oblivious to the human traffic as they pass by, Nerima Gardens is truly a place of tranquillity.
On this visit I left the picnic basket at home and headed to the Queens Park Café for a late breakfast. I just love an “Eggs Benny” with a hot coffee and this café did not disappoint. The all-day breakfast and lunch menu is extensive, and you have the option of sitting inside or out on the wrap around wide veranda with some of the best views in the area. Great service, delicious meals, hot and cold drinks not a bad way to start your day out before exploring the rest of the Park.
Right next door to the café is the Queens Park Environmental Educational Centre. Have a walk through and have a look at the displays which showcase Ipswich’s natural environment and waterways.
Queens Park is a day trip where you can do as little as you like or the fill a whole day in exploring all the activities and places of interest. As a suggestion, if you have time up your sleeve you can also visit Colleges Crossing which is another Park worthy of a look in the Ipswich area.
Click on the links above for further information on this amazing Park.
Colleges Crossing Day Trip – click here for the ROAD TRIP’N blog on this fantastic playground and picnic spot.