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Ipswich - Cities, Towns and Localities
Originally called 'Limestone' in 1827 by Captain Patrick Logan who set up a small convict settlement on the banks of the Bremer River to quarry limestone and build a lime burning kiln to supply the new Brisbane settlement with stone and lime for buildings. Sheep breeding was also introduced. It wasn't until 1842 when free settlement was allowed that the area was opened up surveyed and named Limestone Station. The following year the town was called Ipswich.

Mining took on importance in the late 1800's as did dairying, railways soon followed to assist the extraction of coal. The first rail line to be built in Queensland was in fact between Ipswich and Grandchester built in 1865.

Today Ipswich is a bustling city with a wealth of historic homes and buildings to explore. Centrally located in the booming south east Queensland region, it is only a short distance from Brisbane (40 km) in the east, whilst only being an hours drive from the Gold Coast.

As Queensland's oldest provincial city, there is a rich history to explore, with more than 6,000 heritage listed sites, some of which are incorporated into the many heritage trail tours. Contact the local visitor centre for further information.

The city also offers many of the modern facilities and attractions to be expected, from cafes, restaurants, shopping centres, through to attractions such as the Ipswich Art Gallery, the Workshops Rail Museum, numerous parks and wineries. There are also a number of annual events from the Queensland Open Golf Championships, Queensland V8 supercars at the Queensland Raceway, festivals and shows, just to name a few.

Check out our listing of Ipswich accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Ipswich TourismIpswich Visitor Information Centre
14 Queen Victoria Parade
Ph: 07 3281 0555


A range of Ipswich map can be viewed from the City of Ipswich website.
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Ipswich Distance

Distance to Ipswich
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Ipswich:
• Brisbane 41
• Brookwater 15
• Cairns 1,737
• Caboolture 87
• Caloundra 129
• Chinchilla 255
• Coolangatta 118
• Kingaroy 188
• Maroochydore 140
• Maryborough 292
• Noosa 177
• Stanthorpe 180
• Toowoomba 90
• Tweed Heads, NSW 120
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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