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.

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.

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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
  3. Emmaville Sheep Races

    Event dates to be confirmed: March 2019 , Glen Innes

    The small village of Emmaville, north of Glen Innes, may be better known for its agricultural and mining history, but it is the home of an annual event that must not be missed - The Emmaville Sheep Races! Displaying the good-natured…

  4. Oracles of The Bush

    Event dates to be confirmed: April 2019 , Tenterfield

    ***Latest event details are yet to be confirmed*** Oracles of the Bush is an annual event celebrating Australian bush poetry, music and art. This event boasts among the highest prize money for any bush poetry competition in the country…

  5. 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