"Ipswich - Oldest Provincial City in Queensland" Ipswich by thedouglas

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Oldest Provincial City

Ipswich lies about 40kms west of Brisbane - and is Queensland's oldest provincial city - settled in 1827. It was initially a convict settlement - to work rich deposits of Limestone, and later, coal.

Ipswich is also the home of Queensland Rail - and the old workshops have been used as the venue for the state's rail museum - a wonderful interactive museum for people of all ages.

There are many examples of Australian colonial buildings surviving in this city, which have National Trust listings, and have been lovingly restored and maintained in the old ways.

Charming examples of miner's cottages are in abundance, which have now been restored as homes for many first owners, who often travel to Brisbane for work. Housing is becoming increasingly expensive in Ipswich though, and it less of a cheap option these days.

The coal tradition attracted many Welsh miner immigrants to this area, and there is an ongoing rich culture of Welsh choirs in Ipswich - eisteddfod tradition alive and well here.

Ipswich is also a starting point for a Heritage Trail drive, through Rosewood, Marburg and Grandchester.

A part of "the great southeast" - not a prime tourist destination by any means, but worth a drive.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Example of country Queensland - gateway to the bush
  • Cons:Colder and hotter than Brisbane by a country mile!
  • In a nutshell:Historical buildings, prisons and now a university to boast!
  • Intro Updated Jul 3, 2006
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