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August 1, 2023
Explore Washpool National Park’s rich history through stories of people who’ve wandered its trails.
World heritage-listed Washpool National Park is a place of dramatic gorges, crystal-clear waters and magnificent ancient rainforest. For many thousands of years, Washpool has been important. It was a meeting place for the Bundjalung, Ngarrabul and Gumbaynggir nations: a place of creation stories, initiation and sacred sites, of abundant food and water and, when Europeans arrived, a place of refuge. In the 1900s, it was a place of work for cedar cutters and saw millers. One of them, Bill Haydon, a man known as ‘the Cedar King’, got lost there and was never found, after one of the largest searches in NSW history. Later still, it was a site for strong protest from conservationists, leading to its eventual listing as World Heritage protected. Washpool’s importance now lies in the study of its natural beauty – its diverse trees, plants, birds and wildlife tell us much about its past and our collective future.
A great way to get a taste of the area's rich history is by listening to the stories of people who’ve wandered this trail, recorded in Soundtrails - a self-paced audio trail. Simply follow the steps below and start your walk from Coachwood Picnic Area.
You can also listen to the stories online and view a map of the walk - click here.
Note: Download the Soundtrail prior to arriving at Washpool National Park, as service is limited. Once downloaded, you can access it offline. Before venturing out, check the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website or download the NSW National Parks app for the latest park information.
Until Fri 4 Aug: Glen Innes Archies Exhibition Mon 14 Aug to Fri 8 Sep: Cameron Art Group 10.00am to 4.00pm Mon to Fri; 10.00am to 1.00pm Sat Glen Innes Art Gallery 71 Grey St, Glen Innes The Glen Innes Art Gallery proudly represents local artists, hosting exhibitions that reflect our wonderful region and helping artists connect with their audience. More info
Sat 5 Aug 6.30pm for 7.00pm start Glen Innes Services Club 120 Grey St, Glen Innes Tables of 8. Bar & meals available. Silent auctions, raffles and prizes to be won raising money for local charities and community projects. Tickets $10 - Available at Glen Innes Services Club Mon to Fri, 10.30am to 5.00pm.
Sat 12 Aug 10.00am to 4.00pm The Makers Shed 123 Grey St, Glen Innes Get across the entire silver-working process with Richard Moon (resident Silversmith at The Makers Shed) as your guide, from designing your piece through to cutting, soldering, heating, cold-connecting, fold-forming, bezel-setting and polishing. Book now
Every Sat 7.00am to 12.30pm Lions Park, Cnr East Ave & Ferguson St, Glen Innes Check out this great little community market, with stallholders selling fresh produce, plants, craft, gifts, food, coffee & so much more. More info
Every Sat 8.00am start The Australian Standing Stones, Watsons Drive, Glen Innes A free, weekly, timed 5k event every Saturday morning. Everyone is welcome to walk, jog, run or volunteer. More info & registration
This nourishing blend infused with zesty, fresh and uplifting native lemon myrtle is a refreshing, stimulating and deeply beneficial cream that will help to heal all dry hand ailments. $20 Shop now!
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Glen Innes Highlands acknowledges and pays respect to the Ngoorabul people as the traditional custodians of this land, their elders past, present and emerging, and to Torres Strait Islander people and all First Nations people.
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