Adrenaline-charged festival Planes, Trains and Autos returns to Ipswich

16 March 2022

Ipswich’s skies will become an aerobatic playground for historic warbirds above sprawling automotive and locomotive displays as Planes, Trains and Autos returns to The Workshops Rail Museum on Saturday 30 April 2022.

The festival will again celebrate all things aviation, rail and autos, and promises to be an adrenaline-charged low-cost event for the whole family to explore.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said this year’s event will be even bigger and more fun with Queensland-exclusive experiences for the Ipswich community and visitors.

“Now in its second year, this fantastic festival pays tribute to our city’s rich history as the heartland of Queensland’s industrial development, while celebrating our present and future as a hub for defence, logistics and advanced manufacturing,” Mayor Harding said.

“The city’s premier adrenaline-charged festival also celebrates the region’s deep connection to the men and women who have served the nation.

“Ipswich is home to our nation’s largest operational RAAF base at Amberley, and we are a proud defence city that appreciates the service and sacrifices made by the men and women of the Australian Defence Forces.”

More than 6,000 people attended the inaugural festival, and the 10,000 available tickets for the 2022 event are expected to sell as quickly as last year’s, which sold out in a matter of days.

However, Mayor Harding said those who don’t secure a ticket will still be able to see magnificent aircraft soar over Ipswich by simply looking up.

“There will be spectacular aerial displays by the Red Thunder Warbirds and Elite Helicopters, meaning the festival can be heard, seen and enjoyed by residents right across our city,” Mayor Harding said.

Economic and Industry Development Committee Chairperson Deputy Mayor Nicole Jonic said the 2022 event boasts an exciting line-up of military displays, interactive family-friendly activities and a huge variety of awe-inspiring machinery.

“Visitors and families can look forward to seeing Australia’s oldest working steam locomotive, muscle cars and motorcycles through the ages as well as some other special blockbuster friends who will be announced closer to the event,” Cr Jonic said.

“The Workshops Rail Museum will be chock-a-block with passionate exhibitors sharing their love of all things rail, aviation and autos, while timeless aircraft take to the skies overhead for exhilarating formation flying and incredible manoeuvres.”

Tickets start at $5 for children, with family passes from $20, and are available online from 10am AEST, Thursday 17 March at

“Money raised from festival ticket sales will be distributed to Legacy Club of Ipswich and Queensland Museum Foundation,” Cr Jonic said.

The popular Queensland Auto Spectacular at Willowbank Raceway will take place on the day following, 1 May 2022. It will include a huge swap meet, car displays, the Australian Rocker Cover Racing Championships and quarter-mile test, tune drags and more.

Planes, Trains and Autos
9am to 4pm, Saturday 30 April 2022
Where: The Workshops Rail Museum, North Ipswich
Cost: Adults $6, Children $5 and a Family Pass (2x Adults and 3x Children) $20
Free entry for Children under three-years-old and The Workshops Rail Museum Members.
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The 2022 Planes, Trains and Autos event is supported by The Workshops Rail Museum, Elite Helicopters, Royal Australian Air Force, Willowbank Raceway, Brisbane Airport Corporation, TAE Aerospace, Toyota Material Handling and 9News Queensland.