A transformation like no other

About Us

Nicholas Street is about celebrating Ipswich’s invaluable past with a modern twist. With heritage sites and landmarks right around the corner, the precinct is the gateway between the old and the new; forging a path that honours how Ipswich began, and where it is headed. The precinct is a culmination of history, opportunity, arts, entertainment, leisure and culture. Centuries old character upgraded with a mix of contemporary offerings and amenities.

With its zero-depth water feature, performance stage and giant 6m x 3m LED screen in Tulmur Place, 900 car park spaces and an active calendar of markets and events, the Nicholas Street Precinct is rapidly growing as the city’s leading entertainment and cultural destination.

Designed by world-renowned Australian architectural firm Buchan Group, the precinct invites visitors and locals to stay awhile and explore the best in Ipswich dining, retail and diverse experiences.

Local area info

Sandwiched between Ipswich’s Top of Town, the Ipswich Art Gallery and Riverheart Parklands along the Bremer River, Nicholas Street is your gateway to a great day out in the city.

Explore more of Ipswich in all directions around Nicholas Street to discover quirky cafes, shops and boutiques in the historic Top of Town bordering of Brisbane, Ellenborough and Waghorn Streets, stroll through Nicholas Street to hit the Riverheart Parklands boardwalk, get an art fix at the Ipswich Art Gallery, or take in a show at the Ipswich Civic Centre.


Nicholas Street is the place to be for book lovers young and old.

Not only is Nicholas Street home to the Ipswich Central Library, a modern space with an extensive collection and spaces for relaxation and learning, it is also home to Australia’s only public Children’s Library. This beautiful, modern space is a sanctuary for children aged 0 – 12 years to explore, learn and play. Alongside thousands of great books for kids are interactive sensory play experiences and dedicated kid’s programs and events, Ipswich Children’s Library also has a curated parenting collection and a fully equipped parents’ room making it an easy place for families to spend a morning or afternoon at their leisure.

Art Gallery

Visitors to Nicholas Street can get a dose of the city’s thriving art scene at the nearby Ipswich Art Gallery.

This award-winning gallery boasts an enviable collection of some 2,000 works to discover, set within the gallery’s beautifully restored heritage building. It’s easy to see why this is one of Australia’s most loved and visited regional galleries with a host of programs and spaces catering to a family day out, rotating exhibitions and permanent collections of modern and contemporary art, 19th and 20th century art and heritage pieces.

Ipswich Civic Centre​

Featuring an impressive combination of entertainment, function and conference centre, the Ipswich Civic Centre also showcases an extensive year-round program of local, national and international performing arts events.

Centrally located on Limestone and Nicholas Street, you’ll find on- and off-street parking options, wheelchair access, an in-house lift, hearing loop and special tickets for registered carers.

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