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Glen Innes world heritage natural wonders four seasons • celtic heritage fossicking • art & culture

The Glen Innes region boasts spectacular waterfalls, world heritage national parks, cool climate vineyards and a fascinating and diverse cultural heritage. Rock climbing, mountain biking, birdwatching, fishing and other outdoor adventures take on an exciting new dimension up high. And you’ll be delighted all over again when you come inside to discover our galleries, museums, fine food and wine. Come up and see us soon!

Washpool National Park is World Heritage listed and is one of the few such parks where mountain biking is permitted - and actively encouraged! The 50km ‘Great Walk’ circuit track is a great for mountain biking too.

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Every attempt has been made to ensure that the information contained in this guide is correct at the time of printing. Prices and services are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at any time. Glen Innes Tourism expressly disclaims liability to any entity for any loss, cost or damage whatsoever arising out of or connected with its reliance on the contents of this brochure. All material is subject to copyright. Published November 2015.

Starting around 1000 metres above sea level, New England High Country offers visitors a truly evocative and unique experience with four distinct seasons. Glen Innes, Armidale, Guyra, Inverell, Tenterfield, Uralla and Walcha share a rich history and stunning natural environment. Where else can you experience World Heritage wilderness in the morning and indulge in the sophistication of world class galleries, boutique shops and vineyards in the afternoon?

Ever wondered why the Glen Innes region is called ‘Celtic Country’? The early settlers in the area were mostly Scots. The first to settle here was a Cambridge-educated barrister from Selkirkshire named Archibald Boyd. In 1838 he established what is now known as Stonehenge Station.

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inside... History & heritage


Natural wonders


Around town


Seasons 12 Arts & culture


Scenic drives


Events 18 Museums 22 Directory 23

Glen Innes is blessed with World Heritage National Parks, an evocative heritage, great food and wine, and a thriving creative community. Every year people come to experience first class bird watching, fishing, climbing, biking and hiking in the pristine Australian landscape. Visitors love our four seasons, when cool summer days turn to golden autumn sunsets and then the misty mornings of winter. Others come to celebrate Celtic history at the Australian Celtic Festival in May, or to fossick for sapphires during Minerama in March. Whatever reason brings you to Glen Innes, we will make sure you leave with unforgettable memories of your time in Celtic Country. We look forward to welcoming you.

Accommodation 32 Touring guide


Fossicking 38 Great walk


Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre

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152 Church St (New England Highway) • P: 02 6730 2400

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Explore a rich and diverse range of fascinating stories

history & heritage They were two stockmen with long, flowing beards who roamed the vast, untamed plains of New England. The stockmen were John Duval and William Chandler. Today their names are perpetuated in the Glen Innes folk museum (one of Australia’s finest), the Land of the Beardies History House. Duval and Chandler are deeply connected with the romance of old Glen Innes, for they guided Glen Innes’ first settler, Scottish barrister Archibald Boyd to the district. Cambridgeeducated Boyd migrated to NSW in 1838 and took up Boyd’s Plains, at the source of Beardy Waters, and two other NSW properties. With Duval and Chandler, Archibald Boyd is remembered as part of Glen Innes’ rich history,

there’s St Joseph’s Convent on the site where Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop, signed the deeds for the original convent. History is reflected in the district’s tranquil rural villages such as Deepwater and Emmaville, that inspired poets such as Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson. The many Scottish settlers who were part of Glen Innes’ proud heritage are immortalised in the Australian Standing Stones, that is the official national monument to all Australia’s Celtic pioneers.

Glen Innes is one of the few towns in NSW to retain its federation style buildings. a history reflected in the charming, colonial main street. Grey Street is lined with more than 50 Heritage listed buildings, including the beautiful stone courthouse, built before they hanged Ned Kelly. There’s an 1860 pub that was serving drinks when Burke and Wills crossed the continent. On the tourist drive, you pass the Uniting Church honouring a pioneering minister who was robbed by notorious bushranger Thunderbolt, and


The Ngarabal (also: Ngoorabul, Ngarrabul, Ngarrbal) people are the traditional Aboriginal owners of the Glen Innes area. The Ngarabal name of the township of Glen Innes is Gindaaydjin, meaning ‘plenty of big round stones on clear plains’, and the region historically has been a siginificant meeting place for various indigenous tribes.

Grey St in Glen Innes with more than 50 heritage-listed buildings

Pipe Major at the Standing Stones Glen Innes: New England High Country


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Duffer Falls, Gibraltar Range National Park


Boundary Falls, Gibraltar Range National Park


World Heritage wonders and unique outdoor experiences

natural wonders Discover a natural playground with magnificent waterfalls, World Heritage rainforests, unique geology and exotic flora and fauna. Imagine a place where you can climb giant rock formations, stroll through rainforests, encounter rare wildlife, watch powerful waterfalls, camp in the wilderness, paddle wild rivers, and find endless breathtaking views. This is all part of the New England High Country experience; there are hundreds of thousands of hectares of national parks and state forests to explore.

Dividing Range. It is also a fantastic single day mountain bike adventure. If you prefer, settle in for a couple of hours or days and soak up the ambience of this natural wonder at camping and picnic spots at Bellbird and Coombadjha.

Experience a range of stunning and contrasting World Heritage National Parks and Reserves.

At the right time of year and with a permit cast a line to catch a Murray Cod, which has an outstanding reputation in the region, drawing families, celebrities and fishing writers. However, other species also abound around Glen Innes, like rainbow and brown trout, yellowbelly, silver perch, redfin and catfish. About half an hour from Glen Innes are the neighbouring World Heritage listed Washpool and Gibraltar Ranges National Parks. Both parks share an impressive network of walking tracks that present some spectacular and varied wilderness walking opportunities. An easy amble along the beautiful Coombadhja Creek takes you through rainforest and dry forest areas, where you will see rare and ancient giant red cedar trees, coachwood, crabapple and figs. If stamina and time permit, the extraordinary Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk is an unforgettable multi-day journey through rugged mountains on the edge of the Great

The short beaked echidna is the most widespread native mammal. In the northern, hotter regions echidnas are light brown, but they become darker with thicker hair further south. Glen Innes: New England High Country



‘must see’ top 5 nature experiences WASHPOOL NATIONAL PARK Take time out to explore the unparalleled landscape of Washpool National Park, a place of steep gorges, clear waters and magnificent tracts of ancient rainforest. You’ll find some of the most varied and least-disturbed forest in NSW, including the world’s largest stand of coachwood trees and extraordinary specimens of giant red cedar.

GIBRALTAR RANGE NATIONAL PARK Gibraltar Range has so many plants and animals descended from the dinosaur age, that it’s part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, a series of parks and reserves stretching from Barrington Tops to southern Queensland. That’s only the start of what makes this a remarkable natural playground.

MANN RIVER NATURE RESERVE With loads of natural beauty and historic significance, Mann River Nature Reserve is perched on the eastern edge of the New England Tablelands. With superb scenic views across The Great Dividing Range, it’s ideal for camping or stopping for a picnic on a car tour. Nature lovers will revel in the abundant wildlife, crystal clear waters and clear mountain air.

KINGS PLAINS NATIONAL PARK Set among rolling farmlands, Kings Plains National Park is a destination for the adventurous, independent traveller. Bushwalking along the creek, with its pools and rapids, to Kings Plain Falls is the park’s biggest attraction. Hiking or mountain biking along the park’s 15km of management trails takes you through grassy and shrubby woodlands, and a rare forest of McKies stringybark.

LITTLE LLANGOTHLIN NATURE RESERVE Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve covers 257 hectares and includes Little Llangothlin Lagoon of approx. 120 hectares and a portion of the smaller Billy Bung Lagoon. The Reserve is easily accessible by driving from Glen Innes, making it a great destination for car touring and day trips. Excellent for bushwalking along the Lagoon Circuit walking track, with plenty of birdwatching opportunities along the way.


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Washpool National Park


Gibraltar Range National Park


Mann River Nature Reserve


Kings Plains National Park


Guy Fawkes National Park


Capoompeta National Park


Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve


Torrington Conservation Area


Enjoy birdwatching around Little Llangothlin picnic area and wander down to the nearby viewing platform. Meander along the gentle Lagoon Circuit walking track and take advantage of the many great vantage points to admire this spectacular natural setting and its water birds. The Reserve was declared a ‘Wetland of International Importance’ in 1996 and is an important refuge for migrating birds. At Kings Plains National Park you can expect to see all sorts of birds and wildlife, including brightly coloured turquoise parrots and crimson rosellas.

Bushwalkers and mountain bikers will love Washpool and Gibralitar Range National Parks. For further information on activities and facilities, visit the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website:

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Discover the charismatic beauty around town

around town Step back in time when you walk the Glen Innes CBD and gaze at the historic buildings. Glen Innes CBD is situated one block to the west of the New England Highway, making it easy to park and explore on foot. At the northern end there’s the beautiful basalt stone courthouse built in 1873. Near the centre, the imposing Town Hall, reflecting all the grandeur of the Victorian era. A few doors away, the Westpac Bank is a stunning piece of architecture with its iconic columns and stables at the rear.

mining centres and Emmaville is home to a fascinating mining museum. Further south, Glencoe has the Wright Robertson Winery, with its cellar door sales and tastings. Glen Innes boasts the premier golf course in New England, which is deservedly popular with locals and visitors alike, and a racecourse which is regarded as one of the best in northern NSW. People come to enjoy the changes of the seasons, when cool summer days turn to golden autumn sunsets and then the misty mornings of winter. Whatever reason brings you to Glen Innes, we will make sure you leave with unforgettable memories of your time.

Grey Street and its side streets are a great place to shop. You will get a warm country welcome and great old-fashioned customer service. A detailed brochure on the Heritage Building Walk is available from the Visitor Information Centre. Loose yourself in one of two bookstores. The Big Book Store on Ferguson Street holds tens of thousands of secondhand, old and rare titles. Explore the inside of the old bank building while browsing in The Book Market on Grey Street, run by a father and son team who have hand picked every book in the store. Glen Innes offers a great range of activities for visitors. You can fossick for sapphires, emeralds and topaz in some of the world’s richest gemfields. The nearby towns of Emmaville, Torrington and Stannum were once thriving 10

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food wine Glen Innes is traditionally a high rainfall area and that combined with a cool climate, soils and temperate pastures means we’re noted for our distinctive wines, fine wool, lamb and beef production. By 2007, there were almost 50 vineyards and wineries from Tamworth to the Queensland border with the Wright Robertson family of Glencoe, 20km south of Glen Innes, among the pioneers. Glen Innes: New England High Country


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Glen Innes is famous for its four seasons; each boasting unique, evocative colours. At 1072 metres above sea level in Glen Innes, with nearby hills rising to 1500 metres at Ben Lomond and in the Deepwater district, the region enjoys four distinct seasons. Average temperatures range in summer from a minimum 12.5ยบC to a maximum 26ยบC; winter averages a minimum 1ยบC to maximum 13.5ยบC.


Glen Innes Pottery Club is a community group of potters renowned for their craftsmanship.

Artist Nick Levy at Glen Innes Art Gallery

Glen Innes Art Gallery The Chapel Theatre Glen Innes is fiercely proud of its Chapel Theatre. Rightly so. This is not just another small cog in some huge multi-national cinema chain. Not at all. Run entirely by volunteers, the Chapel Theatre serves as a model for true community-based cinemas and theatres across Australia. Originally built as a Methodist church in 1885, it was purchased in 1983 by the Glen Innes Arts Council Inc. (which, by the way, was formed in 1944 and is the oldest continuing Arts Council in NSW) and converted to a theatre.

Glen Innes Art Gallery sits in the heart of Glen Innes. Established in 2005 the gallery offers changing exhibitions of contemporary art, across a range of mediums. Both local artists, and those from across the region exhibit frequently, showcasing a diverse mix of creative talent, in a modern and dedicated space.

Experience our vibrant and unique cultural landscape

arts & culture Glen Innes has a thriving arts scene. The Glen Innes Arts Council, created in 1944, is the oldest continuously operating Arts Council in Australia. The Arts Council shows popular and art house films in the 122-year-old ex church that is now the Chapel Theatre. The space is often put to use for theatre productions, concerts and touring groups. The Arts Council’s own performances have included hits such as ‘Chicago’, ‘The Full Monty’ and ‘Nunsense’, invariably drawing packed audiences. You can see the Chapel Theatre on the corner of Bourke and Church Streets (the New England Highway). Since 1996, Glen Innes has been home to Arts North West, the regional art board for the New England North West of NSW. Backed by the regional local governments and the state government through Arts NSW, Arts North West supports arts and culture across the whole region. Arts North West provides advice on funding and creative project management for communities to enable them to develop arts projects and cultural infrastructure. A far-sighted initiative of Glen Severn Council, TAFE and the community, the Glen Innes Learning Centre provides 24 hour access for young and mature students to Armidale’s University of New England. If you feel like exploring further afield take advantage of the Country Art Escape trail. Supported by Arts North West, Country Art

Ceramic Break Sculpture Park, Warialda on the Country Art Escapes trail

The Chapel Theatre is the oldest continuing Arts Council in Australia, operating since 1944 and currently housed in a church that was built in 1885. Escapes is a membership-based regional art trail, promoting cultural venues and events in the region. You can follow a suggested route or plan your own, exploring artist studios, galleries, museums and other cultural venues along the way. Download the app via the App Store for a full list of suggested routes and places to visit.


Journey into Australia’s romantic past...

scenic drives SCENIC DRIVE 11: The mining villages The drive takes you past the town’s landscaped parklands, spectacular in autumn, the Beardies History House and the hospital, across the now closed railway line, a part of the 1888 Great Northern Railway that was once the main freight line from Sydney to Brisbane. Turn right at the sign to Emmaville and drive through a majestic avenue of poplars, the road leads out through prime New England pasture known for beef cattle, fine wool sheep and seasonal crops. Brown and dry during the notoriously cold frosty winters, these pastures burst vividly to life in spring. The drive crosses Reddestone Creek, home of the prized blue sapphires and the site of the discovery of tusks of a giant Diprotodon, now on display at the Emmaville Mining Museum. The Emmaville to Torrington road is unsealed and weather dependent. It is advisable to check the condition before travelling, particularly if towing. Known locally as ‘the Zig Zag’, the road winds downhill past rocky outcrops, to arrive at Glen Creek. Continuing, you climb through the spectacular granite territory of the Torrington State Conservation Area. See the glistening rockface of Feathertop to the right. Only a few kilometers from here is the entrance to Curnows Mine, which is open to the public for fossicking, and accessed by a short walk through the State Conservation Area gate. Dutchman’s Mine and lookout, Thunderbolt’s Lookout, the 16

The Red Lion at Glencoe

camp site from where the notorious bushranger evaded police, and the enigmatic Mystery Face are a short drive further along. Deepwater is home to a small but thriving community. Golf, fishing and the annual races attract locals and visitors alike. Continuing south from Deepwater is the historic locality of Dundee, home to prime sheep and grazing properties. Further south is the Heritage Park on the Beardy Waters, a great shady picnic spot, before continuing on to Glen Innes. SCENIC DRIVE 2: The mountain villages Travelling south from Glen Innes, along the New England Highway, the drive passes through rolling countryside, and majestic stands of elm and poplar trees, aflame with colour in autumn. The Stonehenge Recreation Reserve, is accessed through a stone gateway 12km south of Glen Innes. Wander through the acres of parkland

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and explore the towering granite boulders that make it a popular spot to enjoy a picnic beneath the shady trees. Balancing Rock is just 500m away. The giant boulder is spectacularly balanced on a point. The picturesque village of Glencoe is 22km south of Glen Innes, and known for sheep and cattle farming. The Red Lion Tavern is an atmospheric old English style pub, a perfect stop for lunch and refreshments.

Continuing south, wind high into the Ben Lomond range to 1500m. The village of Ben Lomond, the top of the Great Dividing Range, was once a thriving town on the Great

Northern Railway. The station c.1844 was the highest on the National Line. The Brothers Mountains rise in the east, and to the north west lies Mt Rumbee. Choose one of two routes to travel back to Glen Innes. Enjoy panoramic views and wind along the top of the range on an unsealed road via Maybole and Grahams valley. Alternatively travel back via the NE Highway. There is the option to divert into Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve, a 120 hectare fresh water lagoon, home to over 100 bird species including migratory waterfowl, nomadic pelicans and sea eagles. To download the drives brochure with detailed driving instructions visit: Glen Innes: New England High Country


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Glen Innes Jockey Club Races Deepwater Jockey Club Races


Glen Innes Show


Minerama Emmaville Sheep Races


Australian Celtic Festival


Australian Celtic Festival


Hereford Show & Sale

Deepwater Scarecrow Festival



New England Wine Show Glen on Wheels Deepwater Scarecrow Festival Glencoe Cattle Dog Trials Dundee Bush Carnival

Australian Celtic Festival

Great events up high; all year round

events Come to Glen Innes, home of the Australian Standing Stones and celebrate the great and varied traditions of Celtic culture with song, dance, history and food. The Australian Celtic Festival is unique for its colour, spectacle and range of entertainment and history.

Be sure to mark the first weekend of May on the calendar for the Australian Celtic Festival, held annually every year. Crowds pour into Glen Innes for the Celtic Festival attracted by the Celtic experience, Australian Standing Stones, the opportunity to meet with friends and to enjoy our famous country hospitality. The festival’s main venue is the Australian Standing Stones, an array of granite monoliths like those around which the ancient Celts danced. To rise at dawn and listen to the eerie skirl of pipes in the autumn mists at the Standing Stones is an experience not to be missed. The four day festival provides non stop entertainment including the street parade, Celtic Strongman events, kirking of the Tartan, massed bands, children’s entertainment, dancing, flag raising ceremonies, poets breakfasts, yard dog trials, market stalls, fun run and Celtic foods.

Don’t miss the annual Deepwater Scarecrow and Wool festival, a fun family friendly weekend where scarecrows spring to life in unison with the changing seasons and the end of frosty, wintry months. The rich local wool heritage of the region is showcased with local fleece on display, spinning demonstrations and shearing demonstrations throughout the festival. The Emmaville Sheep Races in March showcase the good natured humour you’d expect from a country town and is another ‘must-see’ event. Ever since sapphires were discover in the creek gullies west of Glen Innes, fossickers have been drawn to the area in search of the deep blue stones for which Glen Innes is famous. As the

largest annual fossicking, gem and jewellery show in NSW, Minerama has been drawing regular visitors to Glen Innes for almost 20 years. Held every year in March, Minerama is perfect for all gem lovers, rockhounds and outdoor adventurers. Search for buried treasure in Celtic Country with a fabulous 3 day program (Friday to Sunday) of guided fossicking field trips to suit both beginner and experienced gem stone hunters.

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Visitor Information Centre

Glen Innes; home of the Australian Standing Stones. Celebrate the great and varied traditions of Celtic culture with song, dance and food at The Australian Celtic Festival. It’s unique for its colour, spectacle and range of entertainment and history.



The Land of the Beardies History House Museum’s collection showcases the history of the Glen Innes district. Today there are over 10 000 items on display and the Research Centre has over 300 000 cards recording the history of the area, with ongoing donations arriving weekly.

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Did you know? Scot Archibald Boyd was the district’s first settler

History House Museum & Research Centre A unique collection of local artifacts & memorabilia dating back to the early settlers of Glen Innes and encompassing our Celtic heritage. Glen Innes & District Historical Society PO Box 371 Glen Innes NSW 2370 Cnr West Ave & Ferguson St (Gwydir Hwy west) Ph/Fax 02 6732 1035 E:

attractions 26 rooms of displays in the original Glen Innes hospital Machinery displayed in parklike grounds Extensive collection of resources available for research into family and local history (over 13,000 photographs) Coach groups welcome, catering by arrangement

Opening Hours

Weekdays 10am to 12noon/1pm to 4pm Weekends 1pm to 4pm Long Weekends/Public Holidays 9am to 4pm

Opening Hours:

P/F: (02) 6734 7025 86 Moore Street, EMMAVILLE NSW 2371

Museum Entry:

Friday to Wednesday 10am to 4pm Closed Thursday (will open with prior appointment) $2.00

Groups and Coaches:

Morning tea by arrangement

Extensive Retail:

Faceted & facetable quality gems including topaz, garnet, spinel & smokey amethyst quartz. Minerals, jewellery, fossils, lucky dips for kids, gifts & souvenirs.

Mineral Collection:

See the superb local Jillet, Curnow, Trethewey, Maskey, Gilbey, Haar, Stockwell & Simpkin’s collections.

Emmaville Archival Information:

Over 300 photographs, exhibitions & items portraying the mining history of the area

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Old Grafton - Glen Innes road links the mountains with the sea. Featuring a hand cut tunnel and steep descents, fringed by wild rivers, breathtaking scenery and a past of poets, gold miners, pioneers and bushrangers. For more info visit:

Visit The AusTrAliAn Standing StoneS

History of the Australian Standing Stones book available

from the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre Ph: (02) 3730 2400

& Martin's Lookout, CentenniaL ParkLands

Group Guided Tours by arrangement $60 per bus Bag Piper playing during guided tours additional $60 Town Hall Piper plays every Friday at noon in Grey Street Endorsed by the Australian Standing Stones Management Board


Did you know? The town was gazetted in 1852

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largest annual fossicking gem &

jewellery show in NSW at the Glen Innes & District Services Club and flowing through the car park onto King George Oval

Second Weekend March Gem Merchants Suppliers of fine jewellery, cut and polished Glen Innes Sapphires Contact Rod or Robert

P: (02) 6732 5173 F: (02) 6732 5174 E: PO Box 252 152 New England Hwy, Glen Innes NSW 2370

• Your own cottage in the country • Designer fashion, jewellery, • Get involved in farm activities handbags, homewares, • Fully self contained pampering goodies & gifts. • Pet Friendly • Unique gifts for loved ones & treats for yourself! E:

www.the 264 Grey Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370

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Did you know? Glen Innes is 1072 metres, with nearby hills rising to 1500 metres at Ben Lomond and in the Deepwater district

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GRAYDONS GRAYDONS AMCAL AMCAL CHEMIST CHEMIST For all your prescription and health care advice For all your prescription and health care advice call in and speak to the friendly staff at Graydons call in and speak to the friendly staff at Graydons Amcal Chemist. Amcal Chemist. Proud stockists of: Proud stockists of: • Phillips Sleep Apnoea Systems • Phillips Sleep Apnoea Systems • Revlon Cosmetics & Perfumes • Revlon Cosmetics & Perfumes • Success Foods and Be Good to • Success Foods and Be Good to Yourself Weight Loss Programs Yourself weight loss programs • Natio Cosmetics • Natio Cosmetics • Fine Fragrance • Fine Fragrance P: (02) 6732 3066

P: (02) 6732 3066 or (02) 6732 1976 or (02) 6732 1976 230 Grey Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370 230 Grey Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370

Providing a complete range of Legal Services throughout the New England Region. Phone: (02) 6730 2222 342 Grey Street Glen Innes NSW 2370 Armidale: (02) 6776 4500 Guyra (part time office)

Budget Car and Truck Rental now at Rest Point Motor Inn Budget Rent a Car Australia Pty Ltd c/- Rest Point Motor Inn, 72 New England Highway, Glen Innes NSW 2370 Tel: (02) 6732 2685 Fax: (02) 6732 1515 Email:


TIMBS PHARMACY Professional Service and advice for all your PHARMACY needs. P: (02) 6732 3016 F: (02) 6732 3216 240 Grey Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370

• W ashing Machines • D ryers • D etergent • N ote Changer • Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate P: 0438668450 166 Grey Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370

Reverse Cycle Air/Heat Comfortable Seating/ TV or a Leisurely walk through Grey Street Customer Rest Room

ELDERS Specialising in rural, residential, commercial and industrial sales. Geoff Hayes Licensed Real Estate & Stock & Station agent.


It all comes together when you’re with Elders.

P: (02) 6739 7300 F: (02) 6739 7355 M: 0429 201 120 E:

120 Lambeth Street, Glen Innes


Open 5 1/2 Days a Week • Meat packs available for all tastes and budgets. • Specialising in Vacuum packed meats for the traveller.

P: (02) 6732 1901 E:

169 Grey Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370

Did you know? Glen Innes is the highest large town in Australia


GLEN INNES SEVERN LEARNING CENTRE • Public & TAFE Library • University of New England Study Centre • Freshly Ground Expresso Coffee • Conference Room Facilty • FREE Internet Access • Art Gallery

P: (02) 6730 2600 F: (02) 67302 614 E:

71 Grey Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370

• Hot Showers • Swimming Lessons - all ages • Swimming Club Activities • All Swim Equipment

P: (02) 6732 2580 M: 0438 669143 F: (02) 6732 3381

E: W: PO Box 104, Glen Innes NSW 2370


Shaded Swimming

• Wheelchair Access OPEN: Early October to Late March Daily: 10.30am - 6.00pm Weekdays: 6.30am - 8.00am

P: (02) 6730 2440 Cnr West Ave & Taylor St Glen Innes NSW 2370

208 Grey Street Glen Innes

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services NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Did you know? Average rainfall of 750-850mm, with more towards the coast and less towards the west

Glen Innes is surrounded by an array of diverse and breathtaking National Parks including: • • • •

World Heritage Washpool & Gibraltar Range National Parks Mann River Nature Reserve Kings Plains National Park Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve

For further information contact:

NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service Office of Environment and Heritage New England Highway, Glen Innes NSW 2370 Ph: (02) 6739 0700, Fax: (02) 6739 0750

GLEN INNES SHOW SOCIETY Proud Host of these Major Annual Events:


Glen Innes Agricultural Show


• Fishing Rods & Reels

New England Wine Show


• Bait, Tackle & Lures

Show Jumping


• Fossicking Equipment

Glen Innes Campdraft


• Oztrail Distributor • Camping Supplies & Iceboxes

P: (02) 6732 1744 PO Box 145, Glen Innes NSW 2370


• Swags & Sleeping Bags

P/F: (02) 6732 1948 E: 180 Bourke Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370

Did you know? Summer has a minimum of 12.5ºC, and maximum of 26ºC; winter has a minimum of 1ºC, and maximum of 13.5ºC


Glen Innes Parklands feature well-kept lawns and deciduous trees which herald the seasons with changing colours. Free BBQs. Plenty of parking. Childrens’ play area. Toilets. Exercise your pet, as long as it is on a lead.

The local independent department store: y quality fashions for men & women y iconic country brands y an extensive range of work-wear y unbeatable country service P: 6732 4686 E: 204 Grey Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370

australia Lapidary & Jewellery Supplies

Brett & Jenny Brown Phone 0488 181 758 PO Box 353 Glen Innes NSW 2370

“Rocking Your Lapidary World” Email:

jewellery Call in and see our beautiful and affordable range of jewellery and Celtic souvenirs at the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre 152 Church Street Glen Innes NSW 2370 Phone 02 6730 2400

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Did you know? Wool, sheep, beef cattle, agriculture, viticulture, sapphires and tourism form the region’s main industries

SUPER STRAWBERRY Enjoy Fresh Strawberries, Cream & Icecream, The Ultimate Strawberry ‘shake, Present Brochure for a FREE coffee, Homemade Jams, Great Gifts, P: (02) 6732 1210 Coffee & Scones . Open 7 days F: (02) 6732 1638 E: 922 New England Hwy (Armidale Rd), Glen Innes NSW 2370

RAILWAY TAVERN • Bistro & Pizzas • Family Friendly


• Log Fires & Heated Courtyard • Drive Through Bottlemart Bottleshop

Breakfast & Lunch 9am - 5pm


6732 5303

• Great Weekly Specials

Available for private functions

P: (02) 6732 1504 E: W: Cnr Lambeth & Bourke Streets Glen Innes NSW 2370

WRIGHT ROBERTSON OF GLENCOE Wright Robertson have been crafting New England’s finest wines since 1999. Cellar Door Hours: Mon - Sat 10am to 4pm

P/F: (02) 6733 3220 M: 0422 203 807 E: “Wright Robertson of Glencoe” 8262 New England Hwy, Glencoe NSW 2365

RED LION TAVERN • Meals 6 days a week (Closed Mondays, unless prior group booking)

• Great atmosphere, great meals, great company • Open fires in season • Come and enjoy a friendly, relaxed atmosphere • We are sure to please • Ensuite rooms • Hot showers and amenities block available • Please ring ahead • We will meet your needs All welcome Trevor and Ann


P: (02) 6733 3271

New England Highway Glencoe NSW 2365

The Crystal Room Restaurant offers Members & Guests fine dining at an affordable price. OPEN 7 Days. Catering for your every need... At the Glen Innes & District Services Club

P: (02) 6732 4292 E: 120 grey Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370

GLEN INNES & D ISTRICT SERVICES C LUB Crystal Room Restaurant Open 7 Days





Keno & TAB Facilities Indoor Sporting Facilities Raffles - Tuesday Night, Thursday Night, Friday Night & Sunday Members Badge Draw Tuesday Night P: (02) 6732 1355 SUPERDRAW Wednesday Night Live Entertainment in the Cnr Grey and Lang Streets, Lounge Bar Friday & Saturday Nights (Sept - March) Club Bingo Glen Innes NSW 2370 Tuesdays & Thursdays Spin’n Win Tuesday & Thursday Nights Lunches: 11.30am - 2pm Dinner: 5.30pm - 9pm







• Visitors Welcome • 18 Holes Par 71 • Beautiful Greens, Picturesque • Full Bar & Catering Facilities • Motorised Buggy Hire • Available for Functions, Weddings & Conferences

P: (02) 6732 1555 Golf Links Road, Glen Innes NSW 2370


Did you know? Glen Innes has a number of street signs in Scottish Gaelic

Farmstay and Bed & Breakfast ¿ Children welcome ¿ Pet friendly ¿ Private airstrip

¿ Home cooked meals available ¿ Prices from $110 ¿ Free WIFi

Ph: (02) 6732 3858 Mobile: 0419 204 561 email: 8624 New England Highway Glencoe NSW 2365

THREE WATERS “High Country Holidays” • • • • • • •

Fully self contained ensuite cabins Powered & unpowered caravan & camping sites BBQs, shelter sheds and campfires Swim, fish, horseride Bushwalk, sapphire fossicking Bring your dogs & horses on holiday Family friendly P: (02) 6732 4863 M: 0417 452 649 E: W: 935 Bullock Mt Road, Glen Innes NSW 2370


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Award winning sheep and cattle property Homestead accommodation Spectacular views Self contained cottage 4WD tours, farm activities Family friendly and affordable! Redfin and yabby fishing

P: (02) 6733 2117 F: (02) 6733 2117 E: Silent Grove, Ben Lomond NSW 2370

Did you know? Pitlochry is Glen Innes’ twin town in Scotland


Poplar Caravan Park & Harry’s Snack Ensuite Cabins Shack Budget Cabins Onsite Vans Drive Through Sites Power & Unpowered Sites Free WI-FI Fossicking Equip Hire Camp Kitchen/Laundry Special Longer Stay Rates Yes, We Are Pet Friendly

Wine & Dine Licensed Cafe Breakfast  .  Lunch  .  Dinner Quality Espresso and Teas Home Made Desserts Takeaway Available Daily Specials Group Bookings Light Meals

15 Church St (New England Hwy) Glen Innes NSW 2370

P: (02) 6732 6699 E: admin@apartments on the 119 Bourke Street Glen Innes NSW 2370


News anytime, anywhere Somewhere different you’ll love to stay - clean and comfortable from queen studio to king spa. Situated opposite the park within the CBD. Under cover parking. FREE WiFi.

Print Online Social Media ✆ 02 6732 1666 124 Bourke Street

Pick up a fossicking brochure from the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre 152 Church Street Glen Innes NSW 2370

Phone 02 6730 2400

Providing social impact, empowering with opportunity, & challenging perceptions.

Glen Innes: New England High Country



Did you know? Standing Stones are inspired by the Ring of Brodgar in Scotland’s Orkneys

The accommodation we have to offer to our guests were once the nuns quarters, the rooms are comfortably refurbished with: • • • •

Our rates are competitive with nightly, weekly or monthly rates

• kitchenette on the ground level double beds • shared amenities on two levels 32” lcd television • heater/heated blanket hand basins off the street rear parking for cars/buses/light trucks

E: 161b Church Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370

Come and see why our guests tell us that our park is one of the best they have stayed in.

Multiple Award winning Business

Ph/Fax: (02) 6732 4246 or 1300 300 207 Email:


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200m from RSL / town centre QUIET LOCATION Unique 1 & 2 bedroom S/C double brick villas Spacious ensuite sites Powered drive thru sites with slabs Clean, modern amenities Store & discount fuel to patrons Fossicking Park on site visitors welcome Leashed pets allowed FREE BBQ, camp kitchen FREE WiFi

94-96 Church Street, New England Highway, Glen Innes NSW 2370

Did you know? There are more than 30 heritage listed buildings along the historic main street

accommodation “What a beautiful, delightful treat” “We loved all the special touches” “Beautifully appointed and so quiet” “We will be back!”

The Glass House Boutique Accommodation Beautiful self-contained guesthouse on the outskirts of Glen Innes • Exclusive use • Large bedrooms • Modern country interior • Endless privacy in a quiet rural setting • Ideal for couples, families and groups • Breakfast basket available on request

15 Margaret Street, Glen Innes 0409 040 933

For more details contact Bettina on

M: 0448 8040 30

Lot 1 Fawcett Rd GLEN INNES NSW 2370

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Alpaca products for sale Fully self contained 1 bedroom cottage 3 mins from town Scenic valley views, country garden, wonderful sunsets Undercover parking available . Pets under control welcome

P: (02) 6732 3314


Hosts: Betty & Adrian Whitten

Glen Innes: New England High Country



Rest Point Motor Inn • 16 Ground Floor Air-conditioned Rooms • Choice of Rooms Queen, Twin/Triple, Family Rooms (4 beds) • 2 Inter-connecting 2 Bed Room Units with 5 & 6 beds • All the rooms are equipped with Reverse Cycle A/C for cooling & heating, LCD TV, Fridge, Microwave, Toaster and Kettle • Meals available at request P: (02) 6732 3266 • Undercover parking E: • Free WIFI 26 Church Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370

CENTRAL MOTEL Best in Town • • • • • • •

Fully renovated rooms Airconditioned and heated rooms Metres to all shops & restaurants All executive rooms All economically priced P: (02) 6732 2200 Inspection invited F: (02) 6732 1624 FREE WiFi E:

• Range of comfortable accommodation including Standard, Deluxe, Executive and Family Rooms • All rooms located on ground floor • Spacious grounds, swimming pool • Ample bus and trailer parking • Free wireless broadband • Nearest motel to RSL and shops • Dine at the Award Winning Hereford Steakhouse - Open 7 Nights 131 Meade Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370

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Easy Large Drive Thru Sites Very Clean Amenities Ensuite and Park Cabins Pet Friendly - Pet Wash Station on Site Sapphire Fossicking Large B+Vans/Buses Welcome P: (02) 6732 2413 (powered sites) F: (02) 6732 6939 Kiosk E: New England Highway South, Glen Innes NSW 2370


72 NEW ENGLAND HIGHWAY, GLEN INNES NSW 2370 Phone: (02) 6732 2255 Fax: (02) 6732 1515 Email: Web:


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An undulating, route with a steep pitch and even steeper descent heading towards Casino.


Motorcycling bliss! Tight hairpins, long sweeping curves, stunning scenery, and bike-friendly towns makes our region a must-ride destination.


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Journey inland from the Pacific Highway via spectacular national parks, waterfalls and stunning lookouts.

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For a guide to fossicking locations, visit:


Who knows what you might find...

fossicking Ever since sapphires were discovered in the creek gullies west of Glen Innes, professional and amateur fossickers have been drawn to the area in search of the famous deep blue stones. The area surrounding Glen Innes is part of the most prolific sapphire region in New South Wales, and has the world’s richest mineral diversity belt. The region is internationally renowned for deep rich, royal blue sapphires. As well as sapphires, try your luck at unearthing topaz, quartz crystals, gold, zircons, aquamarine, fluorite, beryl, emeralds (just to name a few). You don’t need much equipment to go fossicking. Basic gear includes a sieve, a miner’s pick, a scratching blade, shovel and bucket. You can bring your own gear, hire some in town, or book a trip with a local guide to try your luck. Most of the stones are found in a layer of earth called the wash, which sits between the clay bed and the subsoil. Culverts created by creeks expose the layers of earth, making it easy and fun to dig into the wash. For a guide to the numerous fossicking sites, visit:

Glen Innes: New England High Country


The world renowned 80km Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage passes through dramatic and diverse natural environments. A 2-5 day adventure for mountain bikers and bushwalkers.



rock The Glen Innes district is renowned for its unique rock formations. Stonehenge Recreation Park, just 12km south of Glen Innes, is a great bouldering spot, with over seventy routes. The area is a recreation area complete with picnic areas, barbecues, a footy pitch, washrooms and water. For a list of more information on the climbing routes visit:

The rock around Glen Innes is typical New England granite with lots of crimps, flakes and friction.

Photo: Brendan Heywood


Koreelah and Tooloom National Parks are both World Heritage sites, with some of the oldest vegetation in Australia. Explore extensive subtropical rainforest and red gum habitat in Tooloom National Park, which offers the most diverse kangaroo and wallaby population in Australia. The World Heritage listing bestowed on these parts is testimony to their significance as places of great natural and cultural value. Wind through granite arches and fern gullies in Bald Rock National Park to discover the largest exposed granite monolith in the Southern Hemisphere, at close to 1300 meters above sea level. Follow the climb to the summit and be rewarded with a breath-taking perspective and expansive panoramic views of New England High Country from atop Bald Rock; a massive granite dome sitting 260m above the surrounding bushland.

Bald Rock National Park

Come up and discover our spectacular national parks, cool climate vineyards, rich history, colourful characters and fascinating cultural heritage.

tenterfield Set deep in the heart of Australian heritage Tenterfield is situated high on the tablelands, surrounded by rugged and scenic landscapes of lush forests, woodlands and waterfalls. Enjoy mild alpine summers, blazing red autumns with stunning tree lined streets, sunny winter days followed by crisp winter nights and bright wildflower springs.

The famous Tenterfield Saddler; made into a song by Peter Allen (who was born in Tenterfield)

Follow the Tenterfield Heritage Trail and become familiar with the place known as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;birthplace of our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Visit the School or Arts building where Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous Federation Speech on October 24 1889, which ultimately led to the Federation of all Australian States in 1901.

Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always something on the calendar, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a show at the local theatre, celebration of Australian bush poetry, camp drafts or the local markets. Visit to find out about the latest events.

Tenterfield Post Office

Autumn colour in Tenterfield

For a unique shopping experience, browse through gorgeous boutiques and giftware stores along the main street. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be spoilt for choice when deciding where to enjoy Tenterfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine regional produce and warm hospitality. Part of the famous granite belt wine region

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Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre 152 Church St (New England Highway) P: 02 6730 2400

Glen Innes Visitor Guide  

Glen Innes NSW. The 2016 Visitor Guide.

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