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.

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  1. High Country Handmade Showcase

    Sunday 03 March 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 -…

    03 Mar - 01 Sep
  2. The Minerama Fossicking, Gem and Jewellery Show

    Thursday 07 March 2019 to Sunday 10 March 2019 , Glen Innes

    As the largest annual fossicking gem and jewellery show in New South Wales, Minerama has been drawing regular visitors to Glen Innes for almost 30 years. Held every year in March. Minerama is perfect for all gem lovers, rock hounds and…

    07 Mar - 10 Mar