Enjoy gem fossicking, explore World Heritage wilderness and discover colonial and indigenous heritage in the magnificent Glen Innes and Inverell area, part of the New England region of NSW. You’ll be delighted with rural hospitality and wonderful events such as the Australian Celtic Festival.
About Glen Innes and Inverell
Gemstone country is spectacular to explore. In the beautiful Glen Innes and Inverell area of Country NSW try gem fossicking, discover nation-making heritage, enjoy outdoor adventures such as fishing and bushwalking, explore World Heritage rainforest, and visit an important indigenous memorial.
Pick up a fossicking map from visitor information centres in Glen Innes, Inverell, Warialda and Bingara. You can also try panning for gold at Three Creek Tourist Gold Mine and prospecting for sapphires at Billabong Blue Sapphire Fossicking Park and Seven Oaks Sapphire Fossicking.
Glen Innes is home to the annual Minerama Fossicking, Gem and Jewellery Show, a three-day festival in March and the largest of its kind in NSW. Check out the exciting events calendar for more festivals in the area, such as the Australian Celtic Festival and the Emmaville Sheep Races.
A scenic drive north of Glen Innes is beautiful Tenterfield, known as the birthplace of Australia after Sir Henry Parkes’ famous 1889 speech calling on the colonies to unite. One of the marvellous things to do is visit the Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Arts where he gave the Tenterfield Oration.
This splendid part of the New England region is home to many natural wonders, including national parks in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. You can explore ancient rainforests on walking trails in the Washpool National Park and the Gibraltar Range National Park.
Fishing is great on the meandering Gwydir and Horton rivers around Bingara, southwest of Inverell. A short drive northeast of Bingara is the heritage-listed Myall Creek Massacre Memorial to the 28 Aboriginal people killed by stockmen on June 10, 1838. A service is held every June long weekend.
You’ll find plenty of places to stay in the Glen Innes and Inverell area, from campgrounds and caravan parks to cottages, classic pubs and comfortable motels. Getting to this northern NSW area is easy by car and nearby regional cities with airports are Moree, Armidale, Tamworth and Grafton.