Glen Innes and Inverell Area

Situated in rolling gemstone country near the MacIntyre River in northwestern NSW, this beautiful area is rich with adventure and history. Try your luck fossicking for gems, explore Celtic heritage and history and bushwalk in spectacular World Heritage rainforest.

Woman fossicks for gemstones in Reddestone Creek, Glen Innes

Explore gemstone country

The soil around Glen Innes and Inverell is rich with gems like sapphires, emeralds, quartz, garnets and citrine. Pick up a fossicking map from information centres in Glen Innes, Inverell, Warialda and Bingara and try your luck. The Emmaville Mining Museum houses a great collection of local specimens and memorabilia.

The family will love panning for gold at Three Creeks Tourist Gold Mine, and prospecting for sapphires at Billabong Blue Sapphire Fossicking Park and 7 Oaks Sapphire Fossicking. Visit in March for the annual three-day Minerama Fossicking, Gem and Jewellery Show.

The 1841-built wooden Grove Homestead in Inverell Pioneer Village

Step back in time

Visit Inverell’s Pioneer Village where historic buildings and homes dating from 1841 are set in peaceful landscaped gardens. You’ll find an original blacksmith’s shop, mining museum and more. You can even look for sapphires in the wash pond. Celebrate the region’s Celtic roots at the Australian Celtic Festival in May.

A scenic drive north of Glen Innes is the beautiful town of Tenterfield, known as the birthplace of Australia after Sir Henry Parkes’ famous 1889 speech here calling on the colonies to unite. You can visit the Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Arts where he gave the Tenterfield Oration.

The historic Glen Innes town hall built 1887 in Glen Innes, Country NSW

Explore World Heritage wonders

Rich with natural beauty, the New England region is home to national parks in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Explore on walking tracks in the Washpool National Park and the Gibraltar Range National Park.

For spectacular gorge views and river fishing, Slippery Rock walking track is a great way to experience the dramatic landscape of Kwiambal National Park. Northwest of Bingara is the Myall Creek Massacre Memorial, one of Australia’s most important reconciliation sites.

Autumn colours along the New England Highway near Glen Innes, Country NSW

Getting there and where to stay

The Glen Innes and Inverell region is a seven-hour drive from Sydney and less than five hours from Brisbane. The closest regional airports are in Moree, Armidale, Tamworth and Grafton. You’ll find plenty of places to stay in the Glen Innes and Inverell area, from campgrounds and caravan parks to cottages, country pubs and motels.