Glen Innes and Inverell Area

Try your luck fossicking for gems in the heart of gemstone country. Discover nation-building heritage and enjoy nature experiences such as bushwalking in UNESCO World Heritage rainforest. The Glen Innes and Inverell area in Country NSW is full of adventure, beauty and history.

Pick up a fossicking map from visitor information centres in Glen Innes, Inverell, Warialda and Bingara. You can try panning for gold at Three Creeks Tourist Gold Mine, and prospecting for sapphires at Billabong Blue Sapphire Fossicking Park and 7 Oaks Sapphire Fossicking.

A family fossicking at a creek, near 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 events calendar for more fun festivals in the region, such as the Australian Celtic Festival and the Emmaville Sheep Races.

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.

Australia's largest granite formation, Bald Rock National Park, near Tenterfield

There’s many natural wonders in this splendid part of the New England region, including national parks in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Explore ancient rainforests on walking tracks in the Washpool National Park and the Gibraltar Range National Park.

Go fishing in the Gwydir and Horton rivers around Bingara. A short drive northeast of Bingara is the heritage-listed Myall Creek Massacre Memorial, commemorating the 28 Aboriginal people killed by stockmen on 10 June 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, country pubs and motels. Getting to this northern NSW area is easy by car. Nearby regional cities with airports are Moree, Armidale, Tamworth and Grafton.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Tenterfield Farmers' Markets

    Saturday 22 December 2018 to Saturday 30 November 2019 , Tenterfield

    Fresh and Locally Grown or Made. Come along to the first Tenterfield Farmers Market. Produce including artisan breads, silversmith jewellrey, leafy greens, vegetables, jams, preserves, home baked goods, goats milk soap, free range eggs,…

    22 Dec - 30 Nov
  2. Glen Innes Cup

    Saturday 12 January 2019 , Glen Innes

    The Annual Glen Innes Club is back! Come along for a fun day of fashions with loads of entertainment for the whole family. After the races enjoy live music or sit back, relax and socialise with friends. They can't wait to see you at…

    12 Jan
  3. Deepwater Jockey Club Annual Races

    Saturday 19 January 2019 , Glen Innes

    Next race day is Saturday 19 January 2019 with gates opening at 10am. First race approximately 1 pm. Fashion on the Field after last race approximately 5.30pm. Dance to the band ‘Smith’s Lane’ after the Fashions on the Field until 9pm. …

    19 Jan
  4. Australia Day Celebration Inverell

    Saturday 26 January 2019 , Inverell

    Celebrate Australia Day in Inverell at Victoria Park from 7.30am. Enjoy a free barbecue breakfast supplied by the Inverell-Macintyre Lions Club and live entertainment by the Inverell Pipe Band. The official ceremony will begin at 8.30am…

    26 Jan
  5. Tenterfield Show

    Event dates to be confirmed: February 2019 , Tenterfield

    Come and enjoy the Tenterfield Show. There is so much to see and do. Tenterfield Show is proud to host the National Chainsaw Championships There are bar and barbecue facilities are available, and a band and rodeo on Saturday night…

  6. Glen Innes Pastoral and Agricultural Show

    Friday 15 February 2019 to Sunday 17 February 2019 , Glen Innes

    Originally run by the P and A Association, the Glen Innes Show has brought the community together since its inception in 1869. A blend of the best the country has to offer, with arts and craft, fairground rides, the latest in farm…

    15 Feb - 17 Feb