Named the world’s most liveable mid-sized city* just three years ago, Queensland’s oldest provincial city Ipswich is an exciting destination to visit for both business and leisure, offering all the attractions and facilities of a progressive city.
Ipswich offers visitors plenty to see and do including visiting the Ipswich Art Gallery, the Workshops Rail Museum, steam trains, more than 500 parks, wineries, cafes, restaurants, cinemas and shopping centres.
The city hosts regular national and local festivals and events such as the Queensland Open Golf Championships, Ipswich Cup – the city’s annual major horse race, drag racing’s finest at the Winternationals held at Willowbank Raceway, Queensland 400 V8 supercars at Queensland Raceway, Ipswich Festival and Ipswich Show.
As well, Ipswich has plenty on show for inquisitive history buffs. Visitors can explore some of the country’s finest examples of domestic architecture, including well-preserved houses dating back to the 1800s. Finish up at a local museum such as the award-winning Workshops Rail Museum which is the birthplace of Queensland Rail or the Motorcycle Museum.
Ipswich is also known for its local art and craft cottage industries, with art galleries, markets and craft and antique stores centrally located close to the hotel as well as in local townships nearby in the surrounding countryside.
And when in Ipswich, Metro Hotel Ipswich International is the perfect place to stay, boutique in size but equipped with all the facilities of a much larger hotel.
Rated four and half stars, this seven-storey hotel is less than four years old and overlooks pristine parklands, offering 97 luxury rooms including eleven one-bedroom Serviced Apartments, two Spa Suites and 84 single/double Deluxe rooms.
The hotel’s signature restaurant Platform 9 serves a delicious a-la-carte menu, and adjoining the main restaurant is a stylish lounge and bar, perfect for drinks after work, entertaining clients or pre-dinner drinks.
Guests can easily get to Ipswich using the national road network as it is only 30 minutes drive from Brisbane and an hour’s drive from the Gold Coast and domestic and international air and sea ports. Ipswich makes a great stop off for a few days before continuing up or down the coast.
For business visitors, the hotel’s location directly opposite the City Council, beside the Civic Centre and close to major government and corporate offices is very convenient. The Metro Hotel Ipswich International also makes an ideal destination for major conferences with seven fully-equipped conference and meeting rooms that can cater for between ten and 450 people.
In relation to team-building events, Ipswich provides the ideal location outside of the busy high-rise areas of Brisbane and the Gold Coast, with its surrounding hinterland providing endless opportunities to push and develop a team. Options range from a gentle exploration of Queensland’s oldest provincial city, with architecture dating back to the early 1800s, attending the annual Jacaranda Festival in October, to local high-adrenalin events and activities such as the V8 Supercar races at Queensland Raceway and paintballing all year round at the National Paintball Fields.
For those who like to combine business with leisure pursuits, visitors can tee off on the Greg Norman designed Brookwater Golf Club or tour the spectacular vineyards to sample local wines. For the more adventurous, take a ride on a steam train or go bushwalking, canoeing, hot air ballooning, fishing, sky diving or take a helicopter ride.
To find out more about Metro Hotel Ipswich International’s wide range of MICE and adrenalin packages, including its new Paintball Package and Need for Speed Package, log on to www.metrohotels.com.au or call the property direct on 07 3812 8077.