With summer just months away, thousands of NSW residents are planning 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, 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 overlooks pristine parklands, offering 97 rooms including nine one-bedroom Serviced Apartments, two Executive Spa Suites and 68 Superior Rooms and 16 Deluxe Rooms.
Hotel General Manager Ted Matthews said Ipswich is an ideal stopover destination for NSW holidaymakers who are considering a stop to break their journey on their way to Brisbane or the Gold Coast.
“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.
To enjoy a meal during your stay, the hotel’s signature restaurant Platform 9 serves a delicious a-la-carte menu. Adjoining the main restaurant is a stylish lounge and bar – the perfect place for a cooling drink after a long day on the road.
A wide range of accommodation packages are available at Metro Hotel Ipswich International. To book, log onto www.metrohotels.com.au or call the property direct on 07 3812 8077.