Ipswich City Council provides more than 5000 hectares of open space for your enjoyment. With more than 500 different parks and reserves there is an extensive range to suit the diverse recreational needs within our community.
Ipswich City Council is continuing to develop and embellish new parks and reserves to meet the different needs of the community as well as to upgrade existing parkland to provide modern and stylish facilities.
Facilities such as playground equipment, strength & agility stations/exercise equipment, BBQs, natural areas, shelters and picnic areas are free for public use on a shared basis and cannot be reserved.
Other popular locations such as sporting fields, halls, chapels and some open areas have been set aside within parks specifically to cater for special activities, events and for commercial use. Any use within these selected locations will now require a Permit/Licence.
Fitness groups/personal trainers wishing to apply for a permit/licence to use one of Council's parks for the purpose of conducting fitness/personal training will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee at the time of submitting the application (PLI required). Please refer to Council's Fees and Charges.
Permit/Licence applications for fitness groups/personal trainers that relate to a park that has not been designated for special activities, events and commercial use, will still require an application and fee on submission, however, the application may not be approved.
Please refer to the Permit and Licence Information page for further details.
Council has developed the Sport and Recreation User's Manual (PDF, 1.5 mb) to assist users to manage, maintain and operate Council owned sport and recreation facilities. Sport and recreation clubs are encouraged to read and refer to this document to determine the roles and responsibilities of both Council and you organisation in regard to the use of Council facilities. If you have a specific question that cannot be answered from the information in the User's Manual please contact Council using the details provided in the document.
Why not take advantage of the wonderful trails within Council's many Conservation Estates and Reserves. See the Trails Guide links below for more information.
Denmark Hill Trails Guide (PDF, 1.6 MB)
Flinders-Goolman Trails Guide (PDF, 3.1 MB)
Haig Street Quarry Trails Guide (PDF, 1.5 MB)
Purga Nature Reserve Trails Guide (PDF, 1.7 MB)
White Rock - Spring Mountain Trails Guide (PDF, 3.0 MB)