Discover Glen Innes Highlands:
'Tis the Season!

The festive season is upon us once again and it's a wonderful time to visit Glen Innes Highlands and share in our Christmas spirit that shines so brightly.

From seasonal gifting to magical lighting installations, Christmas trees, and regional events, there's plenty to see and do.

And given it's the holiday season, why not take a break and stay a while?

Read on for ideas to inspire your next visit. And check out our website to find local accommodation and more information about our region.

Banner image by Glen Innes From Above

Discover Your Next Adventure

The Gift of Giving

It's that time of year again - a time for giving. This festive season, be sure to check out the many retail stores and galleries in our beautiful town, take a drive to discover hidden gems in our region's villages, and attend a weekend market to discover all things handmade, homemade, homegrown, vintage, collectable and more! 

You can also browse our Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre shop, either in person or online, which stocks a large range of gifts and souvenirs, clothing & accessories, and locally produced goods. Learn more. 

Murray Cod Season

Glen Innes Highlands has an outstanding reputation for its population of Murray Cod and December marks the start of the season, drawing keen fishermen from near and far. Other species, such as Rainbow and Brown Trout, Yellowbelly, Silver Perch, Redfin and Catfish also abound.

With many rivers, creeks and dams throughout the region, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a spot to wet a line. Download our fishing guide for the best local spots to try your luck. Learn more.

Walks, Lookouts & Prime
Picnic Locations

With an abundance of national parks, nature reserves, and parklands, Glen Innes Highlands is a place of dreams when it comes to both adventure and relaxation in the great outdoors.  

World Heritage-listed Washpool & Gibraltar Range National Parks (located just east of Glen Innes) alone offer over 80km of walking tracks, and there are many breathtaking lookouts and beautiful places to enjoy a classic summer picnic. Learn more. 
Discover Glen Innes Highlands with Amanda Woods
Glen Innes-based travel writer, Amanda Woods, toured Glen Innes Highlands to help us share the best regional experiences to enjoy during your next visit. 

Leave the World Behind

 The highlands have ways of making you forget about the outside world. Around Glen Innes you can find great stays where you can reconnect with family and friends, or go solo and let yourself be nurtured by nature.

Waterloo Station

This historic working farm has five ways to stay including the luxurious Waterloo homestead, the Old Schoolhouse, the Stockman’s Cottage and the beautifully renovated Shearers’ Lodgings. Go fossicking for sapphires, try your hand at trout fishing, go bushwalking or just relax by the fire. Learn more.

Kings Plains Castle

Originally built in 1908 as a 28-room, three-level castle with a tower, Kings Plains Castle is now an 11-room bed and breakfast. Strictly adults only, in this castle you can play snooker or tennis, relax on one of the seven balconies, go bushwalking or just relax in your Scottish Baronial style digs. Learn more.

Bens Falls Retreat

The Tiny House at Ben Falls Retreat is nestled in bushland close to the Severn River and is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. An anglers delight, the Cod Cabin is a self-contained off-grid rustic cabin where you can catch and release Murray Cod and Yellowbelly. At the retreat’s function centre, you can view the beautiful Bens Falls and, if you plan ahead, enjoy a massage, facial or yoga class. Learn more.

Deepwater Station 

Just outside of Deepwater this sheep and cattle farm offers a heritage farmstay with a rural camping feel. Stay in the old Cookhouse and Shearers Quarters or camp beside the Deepwater River where you can catch fish, do a spot of kayaking and possibly spot a platypus or two. Learn more. 

Gibraltar House

Go off-grid in Gibraltar Range National Park, where power is provided by the sun and water by the rain. While it only has two bedrooms, Gibraltar House can sleep up to ten people. Bring your own bedding, towels, food and hiking boots to enjoy the rainforest and granite walks. Learn more.

Camp Out

Rainforests, dry forests and riverside are just a few of the camping options around Glen Innes Highlands. Highlights include the Bellbird Campground in Washpool National Park and Mann River Campground, where you can go swimming in warmer months and hike walking trails year-round. Learn more. 
Upcoming Events
There is always something to look forward to in Glen Innes Highlands, including regular events like movies, theatre productions & open mic nights at the Chapel Theatre, as well as weekend markets in town. To find out about more events, visit our Events Calendar and follow us on Facebook.

The Walk of Light:
Reach for the Stars

Until 13 Jan
Every evening
Various locations, Glen Innes 

Discover the magic of six separate lighting installations around our town centre and parklands, each with a different theme. Learn more. 
This initiative from Mr & Mrs Hill Lighting is proudly funded by the NSW Government and supported by Glen Innes Severn Council. 

Red Cross Annual Fundraising Christmas Tree Display

Daily until Sat 3 Dec
Mon-Fri 9.00am to 5.00pm; Thurs 9.00am til late; Weekends 9.30am to 2.00pm
Town Hall, Grey St, Glen Innes 

Vote for your favourite entry & raise money for a great cause. $2 entry; free entry for kids aged 12 years & under; $1 for each vote.

High Country
Writer's Festival

Sat 3 Dec
10.00am to 6.00pm
The Makers Shed, 123 Grey St, Glen Innes & Glen Innes Highlands Hub, 167 Grey St, Glen Innes
'Tis the season for summer reads, writing your story & authors in conversation. Book now. 

High Country
Writer's Retreat

Fri 2 to Sun 4 Dec 
Waterloo Station, 67 Waterloo Rd, Matheson
Designed for writers at any stage of their writing development to experience a brief but dedicated writing and authorial experience in the company of other writers. Book now.

Glen Innes
Cottage Markets

Every Sat in Dec, incl. Christmas eve
7.00am to 12.30pm
Lions Park, Cnr East Ave
& Ferguson St, Glen Innes 

Fresh produce, plants, craft, gifts, food, coffee & so much more.

Markets in
the Highlands

Sat 10 Dec
From 9.00am to 1.00pm
357 Grey Street, Glen Innes (behind Coles) Come along to this great community market and meet local stallholders who grow, make, create, and bake.

Summer Solstice at the Australian Standing Stones

Wed 21 Dec
Watsons Drive, Glen Innes 
Come along to celebrate the annual passing of the solar noon shadow, marking the longest number of daylight hours. Learn more.

Time your visit:
Sunrise at 5.49am: An explanation will be given at this time.
Solar noon at 12.51pm: An explanation will be given and you can watch the sun’s shadow cross the solstice marker at this time.
Sunset at 7.52 pm: The sunset view from here is usually spectacular at this time.

‘High School Art' Exhibition

Mon 5 to Fri 16 Dec
10.00am to 4.00pm Mon to Fri;
10.00am to 1.00pm Sat
Glen Innes Art Gallery, 71 Grey St

The Glen Innes Art Gallery proudly represents local artists, hosting exhibitions that reflect our wonderful region and helping artists connect with their audience. Learn more.

Glen Innes Highlands Shop
Supporting Local Business
When it comes to homegrown and handmade, we've got you covered! Visit us at the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre to browse our range of local goods, unique souvenirs, and gifts or shop online.

Glen Innes Highlands
Calendar 2023

Admire all the great things to do and see in Glen Innes Highlands and all that we celebrate, including key event dates.
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Native Wildflowers of the New England Tablelands of NSW Book

The perfect companion for your next adventure, featuring colour illustrations by Ruth Tremont.
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