Glen Innes & Inverell Area


Arts, culture and heritage in Glen Innes

This charming rural town has parks, autumn colours, stately heritage-listed buildings, arts and craft shops as well as collectibles shops. Set in the most prolific sapphire region in Country NSW, Glen Innes is also the site of the Australian Standing Stones.

  • Fossicking
  • Australian Standing Stones

About Glen Innes and Inverell

The first settlers in this region of Country NSW were mostly Scots, and today, Glen Innes cherishes its Celtic origins. Locals built the Australian Standing Stones, a megalithic stone circle, as a monument to these pioneers.

The colonial-style towns in the area have many heritage buildings and museums, and there are rich gem fields at Inverell, Warialda and Bingara. There is no shortage of arts and culture here, covering a range of tastes. Tenterfield is the birthplace of singer Peter Allen, who immortalised the town in his song Tenterfield Saddler.

The natural scenery is nothing short of grand – Washpool National Park is the largest remaining rainforest wilderness in NSW, and the Gibraltar Range has spectacular granite outcrops.

You'll find the area replete with sapphires, so try fossicking for these precious stones, or go shopping for sapphires and other treasures. Speaking of stones, the theme continues at Warialda with Cranky Rock Nature Reserve, at Stonehenge with Balancing Rock and at Tenterfield with Bald Rock National Park.

Rest from your national park exploration at one of the abundant accommodation options in the area.


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Local areas

  • Bingara Bingara, a popular fishing and birdwatching town on the beautiful Gwydir River, is home to the Art Deco Roxy
  • Glen Innes This charming rural town is Celtic country – home of the Australian Celtic Festival and the Australian Stand
  • Inverell Go fossicking for sapphires and other gems at several places around the city.
  • Tenterfield Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous "birth of our nation" speech in the Tenterfield School of Arts in 1889
  • Warialda Fossick for gems at historic Warialda or enjoy fantastic bushwalking and birdwatching in the picturesque bus