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 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 strawberries, strawberries and cream, jams, sauces, milk shakes, Byron Bay coffee, Guyra tomatoes, locally-produced potatoes and eggs, as well as giftware. 

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

Regional olives and olive oils are sold at the Visitor Information Centre and other outlets.

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