Get the blood pumping and exercise either two or four legs by wandering through, what to my uneducated eye looks to be, a eucalypt forest (on leash). If you're after a fantastic vista (all the way back east to Brisbane and west to the ranges) there is a publicly accessible viewing platform at the top of the water tower, but no dogs allowed up there.
Stop 2 - Brunch at FourthchildCafe, Restaurant and Lounge Bar
These guys do it all including all day breakfast and an amazing cake cabinet! Unfortunately they don't have a whole heap of outdoor seating so might be worth booking ahead to avoid disappointment.
The bank of the Bremer River has been beautifully transformed into 1.2kms of boardwalks set in a landscape perfect for walking, cycling and general promenading (on leash). You could probably even walk the 850m from Fourthchild if you were up for it (or if you had their amazing Mars Bar Cheesecake).
One of the most picturesque dog parks I've been to, Cribb Dog Park is set on a bend of the Bremer River. But after all your promenading at River Heart there are seats to relax on while the pooch run's free. But, if you do want to do more walking, there is another riverside trail here - these Ipswich folk are mad river walkers!
Head back into town for the last stop on the tour, but it's a double whammy! Pumpyard Bar and Brewery and Ungermann Brothers are both located in a beautifully restored technical college in the heart of Ipswich. The history is palpable but the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly with a huge outdoor dining and drinking area flowing seamlessly from one to the other.
This route is one we identified following our recent research trip, but I'm sure it's only the tip of the Ipswich iceberg! So if you know of any other fabulous Ipswich cafes, restaurants, walks etc please add to the site to help others in the dog community find them (read 'Fox and I next time we head west')!