Glen Innes lies in the Northern Tablelands. The town is also known as Celtic Country.
The first settlers were predominantly Scots and the town is the site of Australia's only official monument to the nation's Celtic pioneers and venue for the annual Australian Celtic Festival. It’s located 1062m in the beautiful New England Tablelands and, unlike much of the rest of Australia, has distinctive seasons: golden autumns, air-conditioned summers, breathtaking springs, log-fire winters – even, occasionally, snow.
It’s the key location to reach a magnificent and diverse network of national parks and nature reserves – including World Heritage listed Gibraltar Range and Washpool National Parks. Steeped in history: the first settlers arrived in 1838, the main street and its more than 30 heritage-listed buildings reflecting colonial charm.That romance of the past is also recaptured in tranquil rural villages like Emmaville, Deepwater and Torrington.
District history is lovingly preserved at the Land of the Beardies History House and the 19th century tin mining boom is recaptured in the Emmaville Mining Museum. The culture and history of the Aboriginal people, too, are displayed in the Cooramah Aboriginal Cultural Centre. It’s the most prolific sapphire region in New South Wales with other treasures like emeralds, garnets, topaz and quartz crystals waiting to be unearthed. With some of the best Murray cod fishing in Australia as well as great trout waters with other species also abounding.
Road: Glen Innes is about 4 hours by road from Brisbane, 2 hours from Grafton and approximately 7 hours from Sydney.
Coach: Brisbane-Sydney return daily on Greyhound; Greyhound on 1300 473 946. Greyhound
AIR: Qantaslink has 4 return flights daily Sydney-Armidale. Bookings: Qantas 131313, E-ticket (tollfree) 132 639 Qantas
CAR HIRE: Budget (02) 6732 2688.
Have a meal at the Red Lion Tavern, New England Highway, Glencoe. Good selection of dishes in a country style inn.