On the last day of November, I decided to go to Ipswich. This year Ipswich celebrated its 150th anniversary. It was Brisbane’s main rival to become Queensland’s capital city back in the days when the state had just seceded from New South Wales.
I took QR Citytrain to go to Ipswich, taking train from Central Station, using the Ipswich line and stopping at Ipswich station.
After almost an hour-long journey on the train (it feels like eternity in commuting time), the train finally reached Ipswich. My first impression was ‘Wow, finally another Queensland city!’
The Ipswich train station is located across Ipswich City Mall. The city mall is sort of similar to Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall except for the lack of crowd. Ipswich City Council definitely is already on Christmas mood. See the decoration. At the end of the city mall lies Woolworths supermarket.
This is Brisbane Street. I came to know about and have the interest to visit the city thanks to Channel Seven’s local advertorial programme Great South East Sundays at 5.30pm. It once showed host Sofie Formica walked down Ipswich’s Brisbane Street looking for vintage shops.
Still on Brisbane Street stands Ipswich Post Office with its mini clock tower and next to it is the Ipswich Art Gallery. I will have a separate post on my visit to Ipswich Art Gallery to see the F-111 exhibition.
Next to the Ipswich Art Gallery lies d’Arcy Doyle Place. Again, I think it is the Ipswich version of Brisbane’s King George Square. This is where Premier Anna Bligh and Ipswich Lord Mayor Paul Pisasale cooked during Jamie Oliver’s Ipswich cooking class. A report shows that 56 percent of Ipswich residents are obese. That’s why Jamie Oliver held cooking class. d’Arcy Doyle Place is also decorated with Christmas tree.
Before the absolute end of Ipswich City Mall, there is a right turn heading towards the train station. From this photo, if you walk straight passing the corridor and turn right you will see Woolworths.
See you soon.