Arts, culture and heritage in Inverell
Go fossicking for sapphires and other gems at several places around the city. Grab a map of local fossicking sites from the visitor information centre and try your luck.
Nestled in a picturesque valley beside the Macintyre River, 593 km north of Sydney, historic Inverell is surrounded by gemstone country. Inverell and surrounds supply 80% of the world's sapphires, hence the name "Sapphire City". It's the ideal place to try your hand at fossicking and to see how precious stones are processed.
Great walking tracks, reserves and dams provide plenty of outdoor attractions. Stretch your legs in Goonoowigall State Conservation Area, a unique wilderness area that supports 120 species of native birds. Explore the marked walking trails and look out for Thunderbolts Rock and the remains of a Chinese settlement.