The racecourse of Ipswich is about 32 kilometers from the Brisbane CBD and is located in suburban Bundamba. It is situated among green fields and buildings with a colonial style. It was formerly known as the Bundamba Racecourse when it was first established in 1890. The name was changed to Ipswich in 1991.
The course is operated by the Ipswich Turf Club which is known all around the Ipswich area for conducting thoroughbred horse racing since 1890. Back then the club's name was Ipswich Amateur Turf Club. In 1988, it became the Ipswich Turf Club and has remained the same till now.
The race course is not only known to conduct thoroughbred training and racing and have a full bookmaker and tote facilities but they also do have function rooms that are available for various events such as weddings, parties, seminars, conference meetings, school formals etc. Normally the club holds approximately 46 race meetings every year that includes two Saturday meetings. The Ipswich Cup, which is an open handicap race that is worth about $250,000, is one of the two Saturday meetings.
The Ipswich racecourse includes a 1,746m track circumference, a long straight with a measurement of 300m which has a full view of all the spectators who have come to watch the race. The track also includes 5 chutes. With a circular shape, frontrunners who are leading throughout the race have a great advantage those running from behind the pace. The club often holds races between 1000m and the 2500m. According to locals, the inside barriers have a big advantage.
Other non-racing events that are held at the Ipswich race course are the off track glamour events, such as the hotly contested fashions on the field events which are just as popular as the major horse racing events.