The Ipswich Nature Centre features a range of Australian wildlife, lush landscaped gardens and exhibits that have been recreated to represent local bushland and flora communities.
Nestled in the historically rich Queens Park, Ipswich Nature Centre offers FREE ENTRY with a gold coin donation. It's a cost-effective and educational experience for families wanting to let their children see native animals in their habitats.
The Ipswich Native Centre is open 6 days a week (closed on Mondays) and every day on school holidays between 9:30am to 4pm. It can be located on Goleby Avenue at the centre of Queens Garden. You’ll find yourself spending an average time of 1.5 hours exploring the zoo, which goes by very quickly.
You’ll have no problems finding a free car park within the Queens Park area. We found plenty of the parking spots located between the Ipswich Zoo and the Japanese Gardens.
What is the Ipswich Nature Centre?
The Ipswich Nature Centre is beautifully landscaped with an incredible array of native flora. It also host a lovely pond where you’ll find duck, water dragons and beautiful Black Swans and a fully operational rainforest aviary where you can see all sorts of beautiful birds from around the world.
There is full accessibility for both Prams and wheelchairs as ramps and concrete footpaths find their way around the exhibits so everyone can get a better look at the animals.
Perched right at the heart of the Nature Centre, (pun intended) is a dome shaped, free flight rainforest aviary that's full of many different breeds of birds.
You’ll find an amazing man-crafted rock mountain that is home to a family of nocturnal bilbies. As you enter their tunnel exhibit, you’ll see complete darkness with a dimmed red lamp that shows you the way to view inside their little den, all snuggled up sleeping together. Kids, don’t forget to use your whisper voices.
Interesting Fact: Bilby Triplets (female) made their first ever appearance this Easter of 2017 at 3 months of age. They are part of a conservation breeding program and are the first to be born at the centre in 2 years.
Just before the fun is all over, you’ll find a barn where all your children’s favourite domesticated animals live - piglets, lambs, cows, goats, chickens, guinea pigs and more!
What Australian Animals are at Ipswich Nature centre?
On our visit, we saw:
An astonishing amount of large lizards, including the frilled-neck lizard.
- Black Swans and Ducks
- Wallabies, Kangaroos and other members of the wallaby family.
- Nocturnal Bilbly Exhibit
General Rules of the Centre:
No feeding of the animals
Do Not picnic within the Nature Centre
No Smoking within the Nature Centre
Stay on the paths provided
No pets allowed within the Nature Centre
No food to be taken inside
What else is there to do at Queens Park?
After you’ve left your gold coin donation and fully soaked in the beautiful native animals at the native centre, this is still lots to do at this historic location. Queens park in Ipswich was the first ever park to be built in Queensland! It was first designed in 1862 and possibly Ipswich's most well known landmark.
At Queens Park you’ll also find
- Queens Park with a huge state-of-the-art, beautifully built playground.
- The Japanese Garden (Nerima Gardens)
- The Environment Education Centre Café
- The Bush House and Bush Chapel for some quiet reflection.
Have you been here before? What did you think if this amazing and free attraction?
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