Date set for Ipswich Nature Centre reopening

The Ipswich Nature Centre will re-open on Saturday, 23 March.

Works, Parks and Recreation Department Chief Operating Officer Bryce Hines said flying foxes, which had caused the centre’s closure, have now moved on making way for the Nature Centre to reopen.

“The flying foxes have moved on in the past few weeks and we have been working hard to return the park back to a first-rate tourist attraction,” he said.

“We have had arborists in to trim damaged trees and we have cleaned up all areas that were covered in debris and flying fox faeces.

“We have had additional work crews from all over Ipswich helping out with mulching, landscaping and repair work.

“We took advantage of the site being closed to the public to drain the water features, clean them up and refill them.”

The Ipswich Nature Centre has been closed since 2 February as more than 5000 flying foxes made the surrounding trees their home during migration.

The high number of little red flying foxes located in the Ipswich Nature Centre caused a number of public safety issues.

Although only weighing 600g each, little reds roost in tight clumps which causes the branches to break and fall.

They also tend to roost lower in trees than other species, which increased the risk of contact with anybody who was walking by, particularly along the elevated boardwalks of the Nature Centre.

Ipswich Nature Centre is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30am – 4pm.

Entry is free but gold coin donations are accepted. As you leave, there is a box on the fence.

Ipswich Nature Centre is located in Queens Park on Goleby Avenue, Ipswich.

Ipswich Nature Centre features a range of Australian wildlife, lush landscaped gardens and
exhibits that have been recreated to represent local bushland and flora communities.

Animal encounters are now offered at the Ipswich Nature Centre again from Tuesday 26 March. Groups of 8 people can book a guided walking tour and discover what goes into caring for the animals. Guests will learn the animal’s names, help with feedings and assist the keepers. The cost is $12 each. Book here.

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