Glen Innes

World Heritage wilderness, gem fossicking and a Celtic festival are some of the charms of this captivating rural town in the beautiful New England High Country of NSW. Glen Innes has 30 heritage-listed buildings and a picture-postcard main street.

With the countryside reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, European settlers named the area the Glen Innes Highlands. This Celtic connection is honoured at the Australian Standing Stones monument and the annual Australian Celtic Festival in May, a highlight of the events calendar.

The Australian Standing Stones dotted among gum trees, Glen Innes

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

Find more gems at the Minerama Fossicking, Gem and Jewellery Show in March, the largest of its kind in NSW. Other great 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.

Crofter's Cottage near the Australian Standing Stones, Glen Innes

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

There are lots of places to stay in Glen Innes, which is an easy driving distance from Inverell, Grafton and Armidale. 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. From Brisbane, it’s 4h 10min.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Australian Celtic Festival

    Thursday 02 May 2019 to Sunday 05 May 2019 , Glen Innes

    2019 will be celebrating Scotland. Since 1992, crowds have descended on Glen Innes in New England High Country. They come for the Australian Celtic Festival. They are attracted by the unique Celtic experience, the opportunity to meet with…

    02 May - 05 May
  2. High Country Handmade Showcase

    Sunday 02 June 2019 to Sunday 01 September 2019 , Glen Innes

    Each season in the New England high country brings a distinct new energy, and the region's handmade hub - The Makers Shed at Glen Innes - celebrates the change on the first Sunday of summer, autumn, winter and spring! Resident Makers -…

    02 Jun - 01 Sep
  3. Gemorama

    Saturday 08 June 2019 to Monday 10 June 2019 , 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…

    08 Jun - 10 Jun