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Ipswich Town Hall, 2012
Ipswich is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 2,459 (2016 census)
 • Density 585/km2 (1,520/sq mi)
Established 1843
Postcode(s) 4305
Elevation 40 m (131 ft)
Area 4.2 km2 (1.6 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location 39 km (24 mi) SW of Brisbane
LGA(s) City of Ipswich
State electorate(s) Ipswich
Federal Division(s) Blair, Oxley
Suburbs around Ipswich:
Woodend North Ipswich East Ipswich
West Ipswich Ipswich Newtown
Eastern Heights
One Mile Churchill Raceview

Ipswich is the central suburb and central business district in Ipswich in the City of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. It is also known as Ipswich CBD (central business district). In the 2016 census, the suburb had a population of 2,459 people.


The suburb of Ipswich has a number of distinct areas. The Ipswich central business district is in the north with the Bremer River forming the northern boundary. Limestone Hill and its parklands are to the east (27°37′01″S 152°46′09″E / 27.61694°S 152.76917°E / -27.61694; 152.76917 (Limestone Hill)). Denmark Hill with its exclusive residential area and conservation park is to the west (27°37′09″S 152°45′14″E / 27.61917°S 152.75389°E / -27.61917; 152.75389 (Denmark Hill)). A mixture of health, educations and residential areas make up the south.

Ipswich CBD

The Ipswich CBD is centred on Brisbane and Limestone Streets, and the Ipswich Mall, and includes major supermarkets and chain stores, specialties stores and the many government agencies. Most street parking is controlled by parking meters in business hours.

Heritage listings

Keiraville, Ipswich, Queensland
Keiraville is a typical late 19th century detached house
View south from Limestone Hill Lookout, Queens Park, Ipswich, Queensland
View across Queens Park from Limestone Hill Lookout, 2015
Flour Mill, Ipswich
The Flour Mill was built at the turn of the last century

Ipswich has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Local transport

There are three forms of public train transport servicing the Ipswich region.

  • Queensland Rail City network offers regular services to and from Ipswich railway station to Brisbane, Brisbane Airport, the eastern suburbs, and western suburbs (as far as Rosewood).
  • Westside Buslines is the prominent bus company in Ipswich, linking all sides of town to Ipswich CBD; Redbank; Springfield; or Forest Lake (in Brisbane).
  • Southern Cross Citilink is a bus which operates between Ipswich and Indooroopilly via Riverlink, Karalee, Chuwar, Karana Downs, Anstead, and Kenmore.
  • Queensland Rail buses offer direct daily services to Gatton, Helidon, Fernvale, Lowood, Coominya, Esk, and Toogoolawah.
  • An Airport Express Bus operates from Ipswich to Brisbane Airport on a regular basis.

Ipswich also has direct access to the Ipswich Motorway (linking to Brisbane); the Cunningham Highway (linking to Warwick); the Warrego Highway (linking to Toowoomba); and the Centenary Highway (linking Springfield and the Ripley Valley to Brisbane).

Long distance transport

Parks and sports facilities

  • Queens Park
  • Limestone Park (AFL, running track, velodrome, netball)
  • Sandy Gallop Golf Course
  • BMX track
  • Denmark Hill Conservation Park
  • Ipswich Show Ground (including indoor sports centre)

Places of worship

  • St Mary's Catholic Church, Elizabeth Street
  • St Paul's Anglican Church, Brisbane Street
  • Calvary Baptist Church, Chermside Street
  • Uniting Church, Ellenborough Street
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, cnr Hunter and Haig Streets
  • The Salvation Army, South Street
  • Jehovah's Witnesses, Salisbury Street
  • St John's Lutheran Church, Roderick Street
  • Centro Church, Pring Street


In the 2011 Census the population of Ipswich is 2,536, 51.6% female and 48.4% male. The median/average age of the Ipswich population is 37 years of age. 76.5% of people living in Ipswich were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 3.7%, England 3.4%, India 0.9%, Papua New Guinea 0.6%, Malaysia 0.6%. 85.3% of people speak English as their first language 0.7% Cantonese, 0.6% Kirundi (Rundi), 0.6% Malayalam, 0.5% German, 0.4% Mandarin.


Ipswich Central State School is a government primary (Early Childhood-6) school for boys and girls at Griffith Road (27°37′18″S 152°46′06″E / 27.6217°S 152.7683°E / -27.6217; 152.7683 (Ipswich Central State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 708 students with 54 teachers (50 full-time equivalent) and 43 non-teaching staff (28 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

Ipswich Special School is a special primary and secondary (Early Childhood-12) school for boys and girls at 2a Milford Street (27°36′50″S 152°46′00″E / 27.6139°S 152.7666°E / -27.6139; 152.7666 (Ipswich Special School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 116 students with 51 teachers (41 full-time equivalent) and 67 non-teaching staff (39 full-time equivalent).

Bremer State High School is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at 133-153 Warwick Road (27°38′00″S 152°45′19″E / 27.6333°S 152.7553°E / -27.6333; 152.7553 (Bremer State High School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1867 students with 146 teachers (143 full-time equivalent) and 83 non-teaching staff (61 full-time equivalent).

Ipswich Flexible Learning Centre is a Catholic secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at Cnr Queen Victoria Parade & Milford Place (27°36′56″S 152°45′59″E / 27.6156°S 152.7664°E / -27.6156; 152.7664 (Ipswich Flexible Learning Centre)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 121 students with 13 teachers (9 full-time equivalent) and 13 non-teaching staff (9 full-time equivalent).

Ipswich Girls' Grammar School is a private primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at Cnr Queen Victoria Parade & Chermside Road (27°36′51″S 152°46′16″E / 27.6141°S 152.7712°E / -27.6141; 152.7712 (Ipswich Girls' Grammar School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 852 students with 73 teachers (69 full-time equivalent) and 126 non-teaching staff (53 full-time equivalent).

The University of Southern Queensland has a campus at Ipswich Campus. It was formerly the Ipswich Campus of the University of Queensland and the Ipswich Mental Hospital (Challinor Centre).

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