Great Houses of Ipswich 2019

The National Trust, through its Ipswich Branch and in partnership with the owners of three Great Houses, is very proud to help open the doors to just a few of the outstanding private heritage residences that might otherwise be appreciated by only a few.

Great Houses of Ipswich hopes to provide recognition and support for the great owners who care for these places and make them available to the public.

The National Trust, through the Great Houses of Ipswich project, hopes to widely promote Ipswich and its heritage, and strengthen the relationship Queenslanders have with their past.

The National Trust acknowledges the support of Ipswich City Council in presenting the Great Houses of Ipswich in 2019.

Date: 11 May 2019

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Cost: Free for National Trust members – Become a member today!
$5 per person per property (children and students are free)


  • Claremont at 1A Milford Street, Ipswich
  • Lakemba at 14 Chelmsford Avenue, Ipswich
  • The Chestnuts at 90 Nicholas Street, Ipswich

No bookings required

Great Houses of Ipswich Heritage Bus Tour

The Great Houses Heritage Tour includes access to the three open homes, Devonshire tea on the veranda of the award winning Ipswich Visitor Information Centre and commentary from a local guide who will take you on a journey immersed in local history and stories of bygone eras.  Leave the car behind and relax on a friendly tour that will give you priority access to all three homes.  Book early to avoid disappointment.  The tour departs Roderick Street carpark at 9.30am and concludes approx.1.30pm.

National Trust member discount applies – bookings are made through Discover Ipswich



Discover the Great Houses of Ipswich May 2019

On 11 May 2019, three privately owned homes, including Claremont at 1A Milford Street, Lakemba at 14 Chelmsford Avenue and The Chestnuts at 90 Nicholas Street will open their doors to the public in this iconic, award-winning, National Trust of Australia (Queensland) event.

Thank you to @colonialchik for the images.

Learn more about the three houses by reading recent blog post by @colonialchik > Read now

Image Gallery

Since the inaugural event in May 2013, Great Houses of Ipswich has opened 24 privately-owned homes that illustrate the history and significance of Ipswich. Some previous open homes are shown below.