Please note: The centre will be closed from Monday 30 January 2023 to Friday 24 February 2023 for essential maintenance and refurbishment.

The Queens Park Environmental Education Centre is next to the Queens Park Cafe in the centre of the city's premier parkland. The Centre has many environmental education exhibits which showcase Ipswich's unique natural environment, waterways and sustainability themes. The interactive displays connect you with nature in your home and around the city.

There is also an extensive array of information about Council's 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
  • how we can all improve our waterways
  • visit the giant fig ‘growing’ inside the centre and explore the variety of ecosystems and wonderful wildlife that can be found in the Ipswich area.

Nestled among 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.

The Environment Education Centre is a space that can be enjoyed by all ages, with plenty of hands-on opportunities to connect with and learn about Ipswich's natural environment. Admission is free.

School and Group bookings

In 2023 schools and large groups will be able to book visits to the Environmental Education Centre on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

At the centre schools will experience a short presentation by a council officer, followed by time to explore the play-based learning experiences. If classes are interested in a specific focus area, tailored programs can be arranged.

Schools and other large groups are requested to pre-book their visit to the Nature Centre and/or Environmental Education Centre at least one month in advance by emailing A recommended program for exploring the park will be provided customised to your group size.

Puggles Play Time

Every Friday during school term the youngest members of our community and their grown-ups are invited to share in story time and an environmentally themed activity. Designed for children aged 5 and under, please drop by between 9.30am-11.30am to join in.

Opening Times

Queens Park Environmental Education Centre


Queens Park
Merle Finimore Avenue


Free entry

Opening Hours

CENTRE CLOSED: Monday 30 January 2023 to Friday 24 February 2023 for essential maintenance and refurbishment.

From Tuesday 28 February 2023: Tuesday – Friday
9.30 am -1.30 pm

To ensure the health and safety of all visitors, please do not enter the centre if you are unwell.

Enquiries and school bookings

(07) 3810 6666