Welcome to Autumn in Glen Innes Highlands

Autumn is arguably one of the most beautiful times to visit Glen Innes Highlands and the greater New England region. The air becomes a little crisper and the tree-lined roads and towns put on a show with their spectacularly vibrant colours.

Mid-April is usually prime time viewing for those of you wanting to time your visit to catch the colours at their absolute best. Accommodation at this time of year books fast, so start planning now.

It's also our peak tourism season and our local events calendar is jam-packed with exciting shows, workshops, concerts, markets, exhibitions and more! 

Read on for ideas to inspire your next visit. And check out our website for more things to see and do in Glen Innes Highlands.

2023 Minerama Fossicking, Gem & Jewellery Show

10-12 March: A must-attend event for rockhounds, outdoor adventurers and gem & jewellery lovers! 

Minerama is the largest annual fossicking, gem and jewellery show of its kind in NSW, attracting visitors and traders from all over Australia to Glen Innes every year on the 2nd weekend in March.

What's On

Gem, mineral & jewellery traders, fossicking for beginners, experts & advisers, demonstration & displays, creative workshops, fun and FREE kids activities like rock climbing, face painting, arts & craft, and more), steam & machinery show, car, truck & bike show, food & drink stalls and more! 

Visit the website for more details and follow Minerama on Facebook and Instagram for updates.
Minerama Program
If you are coming to Minerama and have a few hours to spare, you can try your luck at the various free public fossicking sites around Glen Innes Highlands. Download our Fossicking Brochure
Discover Your Next Adventure
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. 

Golden Autumn Days in Glen Innes Highlands

Fall in love with the autumn colours in and around Glen Innes.
Avg min. 10°C and max. 20°C, with around 40mm of rain a month.


Build your own breakfast at The Croft where black pudding, halloumi and hashbrowns are among your Celtic fry-up options. This cultural centre and café is inspired by traditional crofter’s cottages and looks out over The Australian Standing Stones - Our national monument to Celtic people past and present (also the site of the upcoming Australian Celtic Festival, 4-7 May).


Visit the Celtic Family Wall with stones from Celtic homelands, try your hand at removing Excalibur from the stone, and see what it’s like to be a human sundial at the Standing Stones.


Download the Heritage Walk Brochure or pick up a copy from the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre and take a self-guided tour to discover over 60 heritage buildings in Glen Innes and learn of their history, stories and architecture.


Drive to the Knick Knackery. This eclectic store is full of unusual and vintage finds and, as well as selling some incredibly lifelike dolls, you may even see some being made in front of you.


Pop into Smeatons Bakery to pick up a takeaway lunch. The bakery has been part of Glen Innes for almost 80 years and still uses its original recipe for pies and sausage rolls.


Head to the Stonehenge Recreation Reserve where you’ll drive down a road lined with stunning autumn-coloured poplar trees before eating lunch surrounded by huge granite boulders.


Drive two minutes down the highway to see the Balancing Rock. This unusual rock formation is on private property but you can easily see it from the rest area with the Balancing Rock sign.


Try your luck hunting for sapphires and other gems at Fossicker Caravan Park where you can buy a bag of local sapphire wash for adults, or a children’s bag with some other sparkly treats to be found.


Take a walk through the ANZAC and King Edward Parks to see more autumn colours in the trees before crossing the road to New England Club. Take your drinks out onto the balcony for park views then head into the club’s restaurant, Yim Thai, for a delicious dinner.
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.

Glen Innes
Cottage Markets

Every Sat in Mar
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. 

Writing Workshop with Michael Burge

Sat 4 Mar
9.00am to 1.00pm
Highlands Hub, 167 Grey St, Glen Innes
Write Regardless - Resuscitate Your Manuscript: Apply tried-and-true storytelling principles to unlock your own fiction and non-fiction projects under the guidance of author and journalist, Michael Burge. This is a free event. Register now

‘Rocks' Exhibition

Mon 6 Mar to Fri 24 Mar
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.

Minerama Fossicking, Gem & Jewellery Show

Fri 10, Sat 11 & Sun 12 Mar
Fri: 9am - 5pm; Sat: 9am - 5pm; Sun 9am - 3pm
Glen Innes Showground, Torrington St, Glen Innes
Minerama is the largest show of its kind in New South Wales and a must-attend event for families, gem nuts and rock hounds!  More info

Silversmithing Workshops with Richard Moon

Fri 10 & Sat 11 Feb
10.00am to 4.00pm
The Makers Shed, 123 Grey St, Glen Innes
Get across the entire silversmithing 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

Markets in the Highlands

Sat 11 Mar
From 9.00am to lunch
357 Grey St, Glen Innes (behind Coles) Come along to this great community market and meet local stallholders who grow, make, create, and bake. Grab a coffee and enjoy a BBQ to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. More info

A Night Out on Us
With Matt Scullion

Sat 11 Mar (Red Range)
Sun 12 Mar (Wellingrove)
4.00pm to 6.00pm
Red Range & Wellingrove Community Halls
Join Golder Guitar-winning Australiana singer-songwriter, Matt Scullion, for a FREE 2-hour show & sausage sizzle, proudly funded by the NSW Government and supported by Glen Innes Severn Council. 

Songwriting Workshop: Putting Chords to
Your Songs

Sun 19 Mar
10.00am to 4.00pm
Highlands Hub, 167 Grey St, Glen Innes
Discover foundational songwriting tools that will get you on a path to becoming a songwriter in this workshop facilitated by Francesca de Valence, founder of I Heart Songwriting Club. This is a free event. Register now

Deepwater Art Show

Fri 31 Mar to Tues 4 Apr
Deepwater School of Arts, 72 New England Hwy
The Deepwater Art Show is an exhibition of regional and interstate artists and a celebration of art, music, food and rural life in the creative community of Deepwater.
More info & tickets

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.

Crevassing Pick
for Fossicking

Local Handmade Fossicking Tool. Solid steel pick for heavier work. Multi-coloured to avoid losing

Shop now!


Fossicking Sieve Set

Consisting a set of 2 sieves - Coarse and fine. A must-have for your fossicking adventures.

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Facebook: @GlenInnesHighlands
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