I was contact yesterday by a lovely lady from Brisbane, Hi Renee! Who loves the house and is intending to come out to our open home tomorrow, however as a Brisbanite she had not really explored Ipswich before and was asking, what’s in Ipswich? Specifically what is there to do for adults and kids alike, and why should she consider moving here. Such a great question, I thought I would share a little about this city I have come to love.
What’s In Ipswich?
Ipswich is home to many brilliant private and public schools, many of which are located right near our home. Within walking distance is St Mary’s primary school, St Mary’s College, St Edmund’s College and Ipswich Grammar School, with Ipswich Girls Grammar only a 3 minute drive away.
We also have West Moreton Anglican College a short 10 minute drive, and St Peter Claver College about 15 minutes away with many buses to both.
Ipswich even has it’s own University. (USQ – Ipswich Campus)
Ipswich is an older City (older than Brisbane), however it is undergoing a real refresh, with many young businesses choosing to invest in our local precinct.
We have a public and private hospital, most government services, a fantastic rail system that will get you into Brisbane for work and more parks and open spaces than you can poke a stick at!
We have several public pools, as well as our own horse race track, which hosts it’s biggest race day, The Ipswich Cup annually in June and what a day out that is. We have a motor racing precinct at our world class facility in Willowbank which makes for a great day out. There are tennis courts, netball courts, AFL, Soccer, Rugby and League fields. We even have our own trampoline center.
Ipswich has an amazing art gallery in which a children’s gallery is housed. With school holidays there are always planned activities for free or little cost which our kids have enjoy in years gone by. For the kids we even have our own zoo, which you can find at Queens Park, it’s such a great spot!
Ippy has a great range of shops. The Top of Town is abuzz with hip, cool and quirky shops that offer everything from kitchen items to artwork and everything in-between.
We also are spoilt for shopping center choice, with Riverlink, Orion and Booval all close by.
We are loaded with history here. On most streets you can find a home that is 80 years + old with an amazing story to tell. The council has added plaques to many homes of interest and you can pick up a map of these homes from the information center.
Take a walk down the top of town to see the old buildings, some of which share their history for you to learn from. Pop by the Limestone 88 precinct to really experience some of our heritage.
Why not go for a walk along the path of the site of our very own castle, while sadly Blackstone Castle or Brynhyfryd was destroyed many years ago, there are still remnants of the grandeur of years gone by.
The last 5 years has seen an explosion of high quality restaurants, cafes and bars. We have our own brewery, that not only serves a great beer, but a fantastic meal. With so many cafe’s to choose from, I am sure you will find one you feel at home in.
Friday night drinks at Four Hearts Brewery, the Ipswich Club, or at Heisenbery Haus are a winner, while for fine dining you can choose between Dovetails, The Cottage restaurant, Arcadia and Fourth Child. Being a typical railways town, you’ll find a pub on most corners.
It can’t be left unsaid, that Ipswich is a very affordable place to live. You get a whole lot of house for a lot less than Brisbane prices with our median house price of $380K, with an influx of young families breaking into the housing market, the city is alive with promise.
There many houses currently for sale for under the $1M mark, that would easily fetch up to half that again in Brisbane.
Amazingly, Ipswich despite it’s size, still feels like a big country town. A community feel that is welcoming for singles, couples and families alike, it is an ideal place to raise a family. Whether you enjoy the great outdoors, eating out, motorsports or the art scene we have you cover here.
This is the real kicker for us, we are only 40 minutes west of Brisbane. Not only do we have just about everything you could ever need, we are a short drive to the big smoke making it the perfect location for those who still work in the city, but wish to have a bigger house, better lifestyle and do so affordably.
So Renee from Brisbane, thanks for the great question, it would have been quicker to answer what is not in Ipswich, but you did give me the chance talk about the City I love. So if you are popping out to our open home tomorrow, why not make a day of it, grab a coffee, take the kids to the park or the art gallery and finish off with some tapas and a drink on the deck at Dovetails.
Have you been to Ipswich lately? Where is your favourite coffee shop?