Glen Innes and Inverell Area

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.

Family fossicking just outside of Inverell

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.

Bald Rock - Tenterfield

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.

Tree-lined dirt road in the countryside - Glen Innes

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.


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  1. Glen Innes Cottage Markets

    Saturday 22 September 2018 to Saturday 17 November 2018 , Glen Innes

    Glen Innes Cottage markets are held every Saturday at the Lions park, come and see the variety of tasty local produce and variety of products.…

    22 Sep - 17 Nov
  2. Changelings and Gooney Birds

    Sunday 23 September 2018 , Glen Innes

    Changelings and Gooney Birds, Extraordinary Artworks by Kerry Cannon – Warialda Changelings and Gooney Birds is the name of the exhibition at Gawura Gallery. Changelings is Kerry’s new bronze series. It is based on the Celtic myth about…

    23 Sep
  3. Gemorama

    Saturday 13 October 2018 to Sunday 14 October 2018 , Glen Innes

    A Gem Festival featuring traders and Field Trips to local sites to promote the unique area and enticing tourists to keep coming back for other events. To encourage all age groups to spend time outside and meet friendly people with similar i…

    13 Oct - 14 Oct
  4. Washpool World Heritage Trails

    Sunday 14 October 2018 , Glen Innes

    Washpool World Heritage Trails Sunday 14 October The Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Parks have incredible variety, from world heritage listed rainforests to clear rivers flowing through flowering high country heathlands, dramatic gra…

    14 Oct