My first memory of Queens Park Ipswich was back when I was around six years old. Down on the lower grassed area, there was what I remember to be an absolutely massive slippery slide. It was known back then as the ‘Big Dipper’. It was scary. You really did have to crack up the courage not only to climb up to the top but then to go down it. And I can’t forget the fact that back then in the 80’s, it was made of metal and boy did it get hot. A lot of little kids bums got burnt on the big dipper.
But fast forward 30 years and I can still appreciate this amazing Ipswich park with my children. It’s undergone massive changes over three decades but it’s definitely one of the best Ipswich playgrounds and always one of our first choices when deciding where to go for a quick trip outdoors.
Why we love Queens Park Ipswich
As a work at home mum, there are times I absolutely need to escape the four walls of my home with the kids and let them burn some energy. Not only is Queens Park a playground, Ipswich Zoo (as it’s known in our house), otherwise known as the Ipswich Nature Centre, is right next door. For a bite to eat or a well-earned cuppa, there’s Queen’s Park Café with an extensive menu and most importantly, ice cream! Just a short stroll away is Nerima Japanese Gardens, my favourite place to escape. The Environmental Education Centre located next to the cafe is where we love to learn about the local wildlife and the heritage listed Incinerator Theatre is next to Queens Park too. Who said there’s nothing to do in Ipswich with kids? There’s loads and this is just the beginning!
Queens Park is a great park for all ages. At the top of the park, there is a play area for younger children including a fort with two smaller slides, climbing bridges and a train perfect for imaginative play. It’s lovely to be able to sit and watch the little ones play while catching some shade underneath the Jacaranda trees.
There are also water spouts that spurt out water down channels when you push the lever. It’s great watching the little kids get excited as they follow the water down the hill.
At the top of the park, there is also a swing set with one of my favourites, a dual parent/child swing. This swing allows you to sit on the swing with your child and swing together.
Moving down the hill to the middle section of Queens Park is a climbing web and other climbing frames. My six year old still hasn’t decided to climb it yet but there are heaps of kids that love the challenge. One of the great things about Queens Park is that it is all entirely a rubber surface, none of that horrible bark that turns shoes and clothes brown with dust.
At the very bottom of the park is where the older kids love to play. It’s here you’ll find two large slides and the flying fox. There’s always a line up at the flying fox and I may have had a number of goes at it myself!
Lastly, around the corner from the flying fox is a circle of swings underneath a shade cloth.
Other facilities at Queens Park Ipswich
The other great thing about Queens Park is it’s fully equipped with necessities like:
- Barbecues x 4 (Electric)
- Picnic Tables
- Public Toilets including disabled
- Baby changing facilities
- A carpark and street parking throughout Queens Park (including disabled parking).
- A Liberty Swing
If you’d like to bring your furry friend aka. dog, you can bring them into the park but they must be on a leash.
What you may not know about Queens Park
Did you know that Queens Park itself is a heritage listed botanic garden and park? It was built from 1864 and in 2002, it was added to the heritage register. In addition to it being a recreational park, it served scientific uses also and houses a horticultural/agricultural experimental station and propagating garden. To this day you can still see greenhouses and attend Queens Park to collect native shrubs as part of Ipswich’ free plant program.
There are pieces of history scattered all around the park and it’s so wonderful to experience it. There’s the Macfarlane Memorial circa 1895, The WB Darker Memorial Rotunda circa 1949 and The Naval Monument circa 167. In terms of history, I especially love driving up the original cobblestone road.
As an Ipswich Resident, I can honestly say that Queens Park is the absolute gem of the Ipswich city centre. It is one of those places that encourages and celebrates the outdoors and the precious nature right on our doorstep and I hope that Queens Park will still be around for my grandchildren to appreciate as much as me and my children have.
Queens Park Ipswich
10A Milford Street‚ Ipswich City‚ Queensland 4305
Best parking is off Merele Finimore Ave and Goleby Avenue.
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