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Heritage Trails and Historical Markers

The Ipswich Heritage Trail booklets are an excellent promotional resource utilised by local residents and visitors to raise awareness of the local history of the Ipswich area.

In 1998 the Ipswich City Council Planning Branch reviewed their existing Heritage Trails and a new format and design was created for future publications which was named the 'Then & Now' series.

Copies of Heritage Trails are available for download below, or from the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre, 14 Queen Victoria Parade Ipswich, telephone (07) 3281 0555 or contact Ipswich City Council on (07) 3810 6666.

Click on the links below for further information.

Children's Heritage Trails

The new Children's Heritage Trails complement the existing 'Then and Now' Heritage Trail series, which are more suited to older students and adults. Each Children's Trail includes six to seven stops making the walks manageable for school aged children and their teachers or parents.

Heritage Trail Guides

People, Places, Events Trails

Three new Heritage Trails were launched in conjunction with the Great Houses of Ipswich Open Day on 12 May 2018. Titled 'People, Places and Events' these trails cover the City Centre, Eastern Suburbs and the Rural Area.

The People, Places and Events trails complement the existing Then and Now Heritage Trail series. The main point of difference with the three new trails is that a prominent person or an event is associated with a place identified in one of the trails.

People, Places and Events - City Centre Trail
People, Places and Events - Eastern Suburbs Trail
People, Places and Events - Rural Areas Trail

Queens Park Audio Trail

The Queens Park Audio Trail was launched on Thursday, 6 December 2012. This audio tour is being provided as part of the popular Ipswich Heritage Trails program and is available as a free dowload.

For further information click on the link below.

Churches & Cemeteries

City Centre

Coal Mining


Harrisville & District

Ipswich Cemetery

Marburg & District

Pine Mountain

Redbank & Goodna

Rivers of Ipswich

Rosewood, Walloon, Grandchester & District

Rubbidy-Dubs to Pubs

Historical Markers

In the 1999-2000 financial year, the Ipswich City Council implemented a Historical Marker project to promote public awareness of identified places of cultural heritage significance within the City. This new initiative was launched on Sunday, 22 October 2000 at St Francis Xavier Church at Goodna as a part of the Ipswich Heritage Program.

131 historical markers have been installed throughout the city since the program commenced.

Historical Marker Database

Goal of the Project

The goal of the project is to endeavour to interpret more fully the spectrum of Ipswich's history through interpretative plaques that are easily accessible to the public. Initially, a structured approach to placement of plaques was adopted with markers being allocated to either individually identified places or places on one of the 'Then & Now' Heritage Trails. The owners or responsible bodies of the selected sitesare contacted with regard to text and placement of the historical markers.

Plaque Dimensions & Design

The standard Ipswich Historical Marker is a cast brass plaque, 400mm wide x 400 mm high with raised gold letters on a brown background mounted on a post and bracketone metre above the ground.

Signage for Accessibility

The historical markers are located where they are clearly visible to people in both a seated and standing position and are located in the height zone for comfortable viewing between the average standing viewing zone and the average sitting viewing zone. The zone of common reach is between 700 and 1200 millimetres and the zone of common viewing is between 1200 and 1700 millimetres.

The Ipswich Heritage Adviser provides advice regarding the suitable placement of historical markers on heritage sites.