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Parks and Reserves: Queens Park


Queens Park contains significant cultural heritage values not onlyQueens Park Lions Lookout
for Ipswich but for Queensland.

Queens Park was the first park to be developed in Queensland, first being surveyed in 1842. Its original architectural design dates back to 1862 and is perhaps Ipswich's most well know landmark.  Visitors to the park will experience old world charm with modern day conveniences.

Its close proximity to the Ipswich City Centre allows for easy access to shady gardens and a relaxing lunch time outing.

Features of the park include extensive formalised garden beds, Nerima Gardens (a Japanese-styled garden), the Ipswich Nature Centre, Children's play facilities, Bush House, Bush Chapel, several sporting Clubs, Cafe and the Environmental Education Centre.

Queens Park Map (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Queens Park Brochure (PDF, 1.8 MB)

Opening Times

Queens Park is open 24 hours per day (though only selected areas have lighting).

Ipswich Nature Centre

Information on the Ipswich Nature Centre can be found at on the Parks Search under Ipswich Nature Centre - Queens Park.

Nerima Gardens

Information on Nerima Gardens can be found at on the Parks Search under Nerima Gardens - Queens Park.

Queens Park Environmental Education Centre

The Queens Park Environmental Education Centre is housed next to the brand new Cafe, in the centre of the City's premier parkland.  This fantastic new facility provides a large conference room and environmental education exhibit.  The display showcases Ipswich's unique natural environment and waterways.  There is also an extensive array of information about Council's environmental initiatives, including:

  • how to reduce, reuse and recycle household waste
  • what you can place in your compost bin or worm farm
  • some handy household tips to reduce your carbon footprint
  • where you can go to explore the great outdoors on foot, pushbike or horseback
  • what are the benefits of becoming a voluntary conservation partner, or
  • how we can all improve our waterways

Nestled amongst the prominent fig trees, the building itself is a great example to residents of environmental design features.  Passive solar design and energy efficient measures make the most of natural lighting.  Insulation, large overhangs and wide verandas provide protection from the western sun, reducing the reliance on air conditioning.  The elevated structure allows for natural airflow and free water movement across the site.  You can also check out the GreenWall, a vertical planting of ferns and native crows nests.

Conference Room Bookings

The Conference Room is available for bookings of community activities, such as:
- medium to large meetings
- workshops, and
- seminars

The facilities provided include: overhead projector, screen, lectern with microphone, tables and chairs.  There are no cooking facilities available within the Conference Room, however, you may like to arrange catering with the Kiosk right next door.

Opening Times

Queens Park Environmental Education Centre


Queens Park
Merle Finimore Avenue


Free entry

Opening Hours

  • Open 7 days - 9.30 am - 4.00 pm (Excluding Public Holidays)

Public Holidays

  • Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday
  • All other Public Holidays - 10.00 am - 3.00 pm


(07) 3810 6666
Conference Room

(07) 3810 6666

*a bond and key deposit are required

For further information about the Queens Park Environmental Education Centre or to book the Conference Room contact Council on (07) 3810 6666.


Queens Park
  • 10A Milford Street, Ipswich
  • Division 7
  • District 1
Sports Fields / Courts
  • Lawn Bowls
  • Tennis
  • BBQs
  • Open Kick Around Area
  • Picnic Facilities, Seats, Benches
  • Playground Equipment
  • Recreational Pathways
Other Facilities
  • Bush Chapel
  • Car Parking
  • Disabled Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Gazebos,Rotunda, Shelters
  • Hall/Clubhouse/Function Room
  • Monument Memorial
  • Natural Or Constructed Lookout
  • Power
  • Public Toilets
Location can be used for
  • Ceremony Note - A permit/licence will only be issued for a period of 2.5 hours for Ceremony Locations.
More Information
  • Cafe - Open Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 8am-5pm (07) 3281 5167
  • Major Play Ground Facilities
  • Nature Centre - Feeding of animals in the barn yard area is at 11.30 am and 3.00 pm daily
  • Amphitheatre
  • Nursery
  • Environmental Education Centre
  • Lions Lookout
  • Nerima Gardens
  • Croquet Club
  • Bowls Club
  • Tennis Club
  • Liberty Swing


Applications to use the following will only be considered if the event is consistent with the theme of the location:

  • Nature Centre Amphitheatre
  • Environmental Education Centre Conference Room
  • Nerima Gardens Tea House (Japanese Cultural education or activity)


Applications will not be accepted for the use of:

  • Lions Lookout
  • Nerima Gardens



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Application for Use

Queens Park 

A permit/licence is required to use the following locations within Queens Park. Using the information provided please ensure you select a location suitable for your event.

Please select how you would like to apply:

The prescribed fee in accordance with Council’s Fees and Charges will be required when submitting an application (if applicable). Please refer to Council's Fees and Charges.

 Phone (07) 3810 6666

Online Application Form

Download Application Form (PDF, 432.6 KB)

Standard Conditions for each location can be viewed below. To apply for a Park & Facility Use Permit/Licence please complete an application form for assessment of your proposed event.

Please view the location conditions prior to applying for a permit/licence.

Location Times Capacity Power
Amphitheatre 9:30am-4:00pm 300 No View
Bush Chapel 6:00am-6:00pm 120 Yes View
Environmental Education Centre Conference Room 6:00am-9:00pm 120 Yes View
Tea House - Nerima Gardens 9:00am-3:45pm 12 Yes View
Zone 1 6:00am-6:00pm 200 No View
Zone 2 6:00am-6:00pm 200 No View
Zone 3 6:00am-6:00pm 200 No View