With summer just around the corner, thousands of residents in NSW and Victoria are planning to head north to enjoy a truly Australian summer holiday on the iconic beaches of the Queensland coast.
Yet when planning their trip, only a few regular travellers along this route are likely to know to stop off in what is Queensland’s best kept secret – the provincial city of Ipswich.
Located just 30 minutes from Brisbane on the popular inland route from the southern states to the Sunshine Coast, Ipswich is Queensland’s oldest provincial city and the perfect place to break your journey.
This wonderfully historic city offers visitors plenty to see and do, be it exploring some of the country’s finest examples of domestic architecture with houses dating back to the 1800s, wandering through the award-winning Workshops Rail Museum (the birthplace of Queensland Rail), visiting the Ipswich Art Gallery, and visiting more than 500 parks, wineries, cafes and restaurants.
Ipswich is also known for its local art and craft cottage industries, with art galleries, markets and craft and antique stores centrally located as well as being scattered in the many beautiful townships that dot the surrounding countryside.
And when in Ipswich, Metro Hotel Ipswich International is the perfect place to stay. Rated four and half stars, the Metro Hotel Ipswich International is boutique in size but equipped with all the facilities of a much larger hotel. This seven-storey hotel is only three years old and overlooks pristine parklands, offering 97 luxury rooms including nine one-bedroom Serviced Apartments, two Spa Suites and 84 single/double Deluxe rooms.
To tempt travellers to plan an Ipswich stopover into their Queensland journey, Metro Hotel Ipswich International is offering the Ipswich Stopover Package – just $99 per room per night with a continental breakfast for two, free car parking and a late checkout. The hotel will even provide two special travel mugs filled with tea or coffee to send you on your way.
Hotel General Manager Alex van Kersen said the package is designed for travellers who either regularly drives through Ipswich or who were considering a stop on their way to Brisbane or the Gold Coast to break their journey.
“Ipswich is indeed a hidden gem, often missed in the rush to get to another destination in Queensland when in fact people will enjoy the journey more if they take the time to stop and soak in some of the wonderful atmosphere of this historical city,” he said.
“In total, the package is worth $219 but we have priced it to ensure people can stop and enjoy everything our city has to offer in the comfort of a four and a half star hotel which offers all the luxuries of a big city hotel but with a distinctly boutique feel. We think once you stop in Ipswich, you will never drive again through our city without stopping!”
To enjoy a meal during your stay, the hotel’s signature restaurant Platform 9 serves a delicious a-la-carte menu and was awarded the prestigious 2008 Business Achiever Award for Formal Dining by Quest Community Newspapers. Adjoining the main restaurant is a stylish lounge and bar – the perfect place for a cooling drink after a long day on the road.
To book the Ipswich Stopover Package at Metro Hotel Ipswich International, call the toll free Central Reservations line on 1800 004 321 or calling the property direct on 07 3812 8077.
*The International Awards for Liveable Communities, 2007