Ipswich is a city of over 180,000 people and is around 40km west of Brisbane. While it was considered to be a separate city, due to urban spread and for statistical purposes, Ipswich is now part of Brisbane’s greater metropolitan area. Compared to the hustle and bustle of Brisbane, Ipswich is much smaller, more manageable in terms of traffic and getting around, and with a friend from Melbourne stationed at the nearby RAAF Base, we were stoked to stick around and explore the city.
Starting as a limestone mining settlement in 1827, Ipswich is soaked in heritage and one of Queensland’s oldest cities. It was primarily populated by the first overseas convicts that were sent to mine the area. The settlement was named Limestone, but in 1843, it was renamed Ipswich after a town in England. Growing steadily as an inland port that serviced the local industries, Ipswich was a prime candidate to become Queensland’s capital but Brisbane won the votes in 1859. In 1860, it was declared a town and by 1904, it had grown into a city.
Our first visit was a sunset rendezvous as we were on our way to Toowoomba. After collecting a map and some tips from the Visitor Information Centre, we quickly got to action, starting with two lookouts – the Lions Lookout at the top of Queens Park and Denmark Hill Lookout atop a water tower just south of the city centre. Once the sun was gone, we found the Pumpyard, an awesome new bar.
Our second visit was to see Lucy, a friend from Melbourne. We met for a quick coffee and bite to eat at Deann’s Coffee House before continuing the caffeination with coffee ale at the Pumpyard.
Desperate to walk off the buzz, we explored the eerily quiet streets before stumbling upon Noodle City for dinner. Still reeling from all the coffee, we said goodbye to Lucy and headed towards Fassifern rest area for the night. It was nice and quiet, with a large toilet block and plenty of space. In the morning, we noticed our neighbours had a very colourful van.
Ingestion in Ipswich
Deann’s Coffee House
An awesome retro café in the heart of Ipswich – it’s almost like a museum! Get nostalgic over the old furniture and décor while you sip of a fabulously made coffee or munch on a succulent BLT. They even play great music.
This place is full of pleasant surprises. Home to Four Hearts Brewing, the 100 year old heritage listed building used to be a Technical school and was built on the original site that supplied water to Ipswich. While all of their beers are fantastic, the winner was the seasonal Coffee Cream Ale, a limited edition brew that was deliciously sweet and caffeinated! Fingers crossed they make another batch again!
This might look like a standard noodle joint but it’s friendly, cheap and the noodles are delicious. Dave got the BBQ Pork Noodles and Juz got the Chicken Laksa and both went down a treat.