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Parks and Reserves

Important Update: Introduction of a new sustainability initiative by Ipswich City Council

Council has taken the lead in environmental protection by stopping the release of helium balloons from Council owned or controlled land and Council organised or sponsored events.

In addition, Council will discontinue the use of single-use straws and single-use water bottles on Council owned or controlled land or at Council organised or sponsored events. Note that single-use water bottles will be permitted if there is an onsite recycling bin or facility for these bottles.

These new initiatives will start 1 August 2018.

Council has introduced these initiatives in response to community concern around the impacts of plastic on our environment. Plastic contributes to massive amounts of landfill and has a negative impact on wildlife and the environment, particularly in our waterways and oceans. Plastic does not degrade in landfill for at least 450 years and 79% of all the plastic waste ever created is still in our environment.


Ipswich City Council provides in excess of 8,500 hectares of open space for your enjoyment. With over 550 different parks and reserves in Ipswich, there is an extensive range to suit the diverse recreational needs within our community. To meet the different needs of the community, Ipswich City Council continues to develop and embellish new parks and reserves and upgrade existing parkland to provide modern, stylish facilities.

Parks search

Parks Search provides information on Council's parks and reserves and the facilities available within these areas. Alternatively, download the Parks and Reserves Guide   (PDF, 1.4 MB) for further information on some of the parks and reserves of Ipswich.

Use of parks

Facilities such as playground equipment, strength and 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 and reserves specifically to cater for special activities and events and for commercial use. Any use within these selected locations requires a permit or licence - please refer to the Permit and Licence Information page for further details.

Trail guides

Take advantage of the wonderful trails within Council's many conservation estates and reserves:

Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve Mountain Bike Trails Guide (PDF, 3.1 MB)
Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve Walking Trails Guide (PDF, 331.2 KB)
Denmark Hill Walking Trails Guide (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Flinders-Goolman Walking Trails Guide (PDF, 3.0 MB)
Haig Street Quarry Walking Trails Guide (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Purga Nature Reserve Walking Trails Guide (PDF, 953.6 KB)
White Rock - Spring Mountain Walking Trails Guide (PDF, 2.8 MB)