Discover Glen Innes Highlands: Fun for the Whole Family!

With two weeks of school holidays kicking off in New South Wales this weekend until Sunday 9 October, and the Labour Day Public Holiday on Monday 3 October, it's a great opportunity to bring the family to Glen Innes Highlands. With loads of family-friendly accommodation options, attractions, activities and events, 'Are we there yet?' will quickly change to 'What are we doing today?'

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Discover Our World Heritage National Parks

Did you know our region has two World Heritage-listed national parks, just east of Glen Innes? Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Parks are must-dos when you visit! Between them, there is over 80km of walking tracks to explore, as well as beautiful lookouts, great picnic spots and well-positioned campgrounds. Learn more.

Coombadjha Soundtrail

Explore Washpool National Park’s rich history through stories of people who’ve wandered this trail by downloading the Soundtrails app. This audio-immersive experience adds a whole new dimension to your adventure, as you traverse through dramatic gorges, crystal-clear waters and magnificent ancient Gondwana Rainforest. Learn more. 

Explore Torrington State Recreation Area

Torrington State Recreation Area covers 30,000 hectares of wilderness, including spectacular rock formations, streams, waterfalls, flora and fauna. Now is a great time to visit to discover the beautiful spring wildflowers in bloom. Two popular attractions here are Mystery Face Rock (pictured) and Thunderbolt's Lookout. Learn more.

Experience Tour Drive 11

Discover the villages of Torrington, Emmaville and Deepwater on Tour Drive 11 (a 140km loop from Glen Innes) through richly contrasting landscapes immersed in the history of the mining boom days. Emmaville Mining Museum is a must-do on this route, with collections and displays that will impress the whole family! 
Learn more. 

Gawuru Gallery

Home to internationally acclaimed Aboriginal Artist Lloyd Gawura Hornsby, Gawuru Gallery is an enjoyable experience for the whole family. Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm by appointment (phone Wendy Hornsby on 0403 383 080). Every child to visit the gallery receives a free boomerang! 
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. 

Keeping the Kids Happy in Glen Innes Highlands

One child’s awesome day out is another kid’s yawn fest. But don’t worry, there’s lots for all sorts of kids to do in and around town when ‘Are we there yet?’ switches to ‘What are we doing today?’

Rock Hounds

Take your budding geologist out prospecting for the day. The Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre team can provide local tips on where to search for gemstones and crystals such as sapphires, emeralds and aquamarines. Fossicking wash and sieves are also available for sale at the centre, as well as a limited supply of sieves for hire. Learn more.
Visit the Emmaville Mining Museum, where you can see more than 4,000 gem and mineral specimens. And of course, you can’t miss the Australian Standing Stones - the national monument to Celtic people, past and present. You can also walk around incredible granite boulders at Stonehenge just 12km south of Glen Innes.
Download our Fossicking Guide

Book Worms

With more than 15,000 second-hand and antiquarian books to be found in The Book Market, you’ll deserve a gelato from The Furry Cow next door by the time you’ve made it out of here. At The Makers Shed, you’ll also find a collection of books by local and independent authors for all ages.

History Buffs

See how local children used to live in the olden days at the Land of the Beardies History House Museum. Eagle-eyed kids can win an iceblock if they manage to spot all of the Beardies around the museum. You can also check out the latest History House museum display at the Glen Innes Highlands Visitor Information Centre, which is all about what it was like to go to school here in Glen Innes. 

Climbers & Sliders

Anzac Park is located in the heart of town with the willow tree-lined Rocky Ponds Creek flowing through its centre. Its fully fenced playground includes a tunnel slide, climbing structures and a Liberty swing for children and adults in wheelchairs. Several blocks west at Melling Park, the kids can play on balance ropes, climbing equipment and more. Learn more. 
Highlands HUB - Your Remote Working Solution
If you're travelling for work or working whilst travelling, we hope you get to experience the many great things to see and do in our town and region. But if you need a quiet and convenient space to work remotely, we have the perfect solution! Highlands HUB is a brand new co-working facility located on the beautiful main street of Glen Innes, where you can book a desk or office for an hour, a day, a week or months at a time. 
The HUB also has meeting rooms, a boardroom, a training room, and a community lounge with a kitchenette if you are after more space to meet, greet and get down to business with everything you need in one place. Hot desks in the community co-working lounge can be booked for just $20 per day, which includes internet, tea & coffee. Highlands HUB opens on Monday 26 September and is located at 167 Grey Street, Glen Innes.
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This local economic recovery project is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the NSW Government under Disaster Funding Arrangements.
Upcoming Events
There are always events happening around Glen Innes Highlands, including regulars like the weekly Cottage Markets, movies, theatre productions & open mic nights at the Chapel Theatre and the monthly Markets in the Highlands. For more event info, visit our Events Page and follow us on Facebook.

Glen Innes Cottage Markets

Sat 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Oct
7.30am to 12.30pm
Lions Park, East Ave, Glen Innes 
Fresh produce, plants, craft, gifts, food, coffee & so much more.

Glen Innes Veterans Week of Golf

Mon 3 to Fri 7 Oct
Nominations close Fri 30 Sep
9.30am daily, Glen Innes Golf Club, Golf Links Rd
Take part in the Glen Innes Veterans Week of Golf and be in the running to share in the total prize pool of over $6,000.

Silversmithing & Basket Weaving Workshops

Thurs 6, Sat 8 & Sat 29 Oct
From 10.00am to 4.00pm
The Makers Shed, 123 Grey St
Get across the entire silversmithing process from designing your piece through to cutting, soldering, heating, cold-connecting, fold-forming, bezel-setting and polishing. And get creative learning skills to weave your own basket.

‘In the Style of the Masters' Mixed Media Exhibition

Until Fri 7 Oct
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.

Markets in the Highlands

Sat 8 Oct
From 9.00am
357 Grey St, Glen Innes (behind Coles)
Come along to this great community market and meet local stallholders who grow, make, create, and bake. Hot food and coffee available.

High Country Writers Festival Launch Events with Mandy Nolan & George Catsi

Sat 8 Oct
Multiple events:1.00pm to 9.00pm
Glen Innes Services Club, 120 Grey St

Celebrate the launch of the fourth annual High Country Writers Festival with a day of comedy and story.

Life Sentence Writing Workshop

Time: 1.00 to 3.00pm; Cost: $60
Get started on that memoir you've always said you'd write, with author and journalist Mandy Nolan and AWGIE-award-winning writer George Catsi to help get your project off the ground.

Festival Launch

Time: 5.15pm to 5.45pm; Cost: FREE & NO BOOKING REQUIRED
Join us for a drink and a nibble as Mandy Nolan launches the fourth annual High Country Writers Festival ahead of the Saturday, December 3 event.

Am I Who I Say I Am? Comedic Memoir

Time: 6.00pm to 7.15pm; Cost: $25
A funny, lively and heartfelt evening of stories by comedian George Catsi. From Crete to Cairo, from Detroit to Sydney, navigating what it means to belong.

The Full Mandy Comedy Show

Time: 8.00pm to 9.00pm; Cost: $25
One hour of rapid-fire stand-up comedy that traverses the personal, the political and the perverse. Nolan is a force of nature both on and off stage.
Click here to book single sessions or a bundled ticket.

5th Birthday Celebration at Deepwater Brewing

Sat 15 Oct
From 11.00am
352 Wellington Vale Rd, Deepwater
Celebrate Deepwater Brewery's 5th birthday with beer, burgers and live music by the Abbeys. Bookings recommended. 

Glen Innes Ag Station's 120th Anniversary

Sat 15 Oct
8.30am to 3.30pm
444 Strathbogie Rd, Glen Innes
Celebrating 100 years with a history and machinery display, over 40 market stalls, food vans, trade displays, kids craft, face painting, 'Guess the Weight of the Steer' competition and kids can pet a lamb.

'Traditional Burn Etching' Exhibition

Mon 17 to Fri 28 Oct
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.

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 Fossicking Wash

Pick up a bag of premium fossicking wash from the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre and try your hand at fossicking for sapphire, zircon, garnet and smokey quartz. The centre also has sieve sets for sale and hire (limited number available).
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Adventure Glen Innes Highlands Cap

Now that the weather is warming up, the great outdoors is beckoning you to explore the many attractions of our region. Be sun smart when adventuring in Glen Innes Highlands with a stylish embroidered hat. Available in various colours. 
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