Glen Innes

From World Heritage wilderness to gem fossicking, fascinating heritage, and wonderful festivals, Glen Innes is captivating. In the beautiful New England high country of NSW, this charming rural town is dotted with more than 30 heritage-listed buildings - the main street is a picture-postcard.

Known as Celtic Country because of the early European settlers and verdant countryside reminiscent of the Scottish highlands, Glen Innes built the intriguing Australian Standing Stones as a tribute to its pioneers. The annual Australian Celtic Festival in May is a highlight of the wonderful events calendar.

Australian Standing Stones - Glen Innes

This pretty area of New England is on the Fossickers Ways touring route and nicknamed gemstone country because of the sapphires and other gems discovered. Pick up a fossicking map from the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre and try your luck searching for sapphires and other gems.

You’ll discover more gems at the Minerama Fossicking, Gem and Jewellery Show in March, the largest of its kind in NSW. Other marvellous things to do include visiting the Land of Beardies History House Museum and the Emmaville Mining Museum and taking a Country Art Escapes cultural tour.

The Crofter's Cottage - Glenn Innes

For memorable journeys into the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, explore walking and hiking trails in the Washpool National Park and Gibraltar Range National Park. The Washpool walking track departs from a campground and loops through stands of ancient rainforest.

You’ll find plenty of places to stay in Glen Innes, which is within easy driving distance of Inverell, Armidale and Grafton. You can travel by air or train from Sydney to Armidale and rent a car or board a bus for Glen Innes. The drive from Sydney is nearly seven hours and from Brisbane is 4 h 20 min.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. PODS at Gawura

    Saturday 28 April 2018 to Thursday 03 May 2018 , Glen Innes

    Extraordinary Fine Arts by Brisbane Artist Diane McDonald, it is a display of majestic landscapes. There will also be an opening night on the 20th of April at 6pm.…

    28 Apr - 03 May
  2. Glen Innes Cottage Markets

    Saturday 28 April 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.…

    28 Apr - 17 Nov
  3. Walpurgis Festival

    Saturday 28 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 2018 , Glen Innes

    Help celebrate the German Halloween in the theme of Grimm's fairytales! Join a paranormal bus tour with wine and cheese. Meet and greet at Gawura Gallery. Free Harry Potter Markets in the Town Hall square. Mystical workshops and Psychic …

    28 Apr - 29 Apr