About Glen Innes Highlands


Major Archibald Clunes Innes was the commandant at Port Macquarie, and had extensive station interests including the station of Furracabad, on which the town of Glen Innes was built. Major Innes changed the name of the station to Glen Innes. When Innes became bankrupt in the depression of the 1840s, the station was taken over by the Bank of Australasia who later sold it to Archibald Mosman (after whom the Sydney suburb was named). 

When the town of Glen Innes was gazetted, Mosman changed the name of the station back to Furracabad. Glen Innes continued to flourish and when the Great Northern Railway came through in 1884, it prompted the construction of some of the town’s most substantial buildings which lend character to the town today. This heritage can be seen throughout the town and especially in the main street of Grey Street which is lined with more than 30 heritage-listed buildings. 

On the towns tourist drive, you pass the Uniting Church honouring a pioneering minister who was robbed by notorious bushranger, Captain Thunderbolt, and there is also St Joseph’s Convent on the site where Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop, signed the deeds for the original convent.  

For more information on the history of Glen Innes Highlands visit the Land of the Beardies History House Museum.


The Super Strawberry, on Glen Innes Highlands’ southern outskirts, produces and sells fresh strawberries, strawberries and cream, jams, sauces, milkshakes, coffee, Guyra tomatoes, locally-produced potatoes and eggs, and giftware. 

Free-range eggs produced under the River Gum and Sarah Downs labels are available in Glen Innes Highlands, as well as extensively throughout NSW and Queensland. 

Regional produce such as olives, olive oil, honey, and homemade preserves are sold at the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre and other local retail outlets.

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