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Welcome to the December/January Glen Innes Highlands Newsletter.
With School holidays and Christmas just around the corner we have put together some of the top things to do in Glen Innes Highlands along with our major events happening over the next two months.
Wishing you a Safe and Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year.
There are some fantastic opportunities to get back to nature and enjoy what our region has to offer. Here are our top family friendly Summer activities:
1. Beardy Waters Dam and Woodlands
One of the best birdwatching areas in the district, explore this beautiful location this Summer in Glen Innes Highlands. The site supports a great diversity of wildfowl and you may even be lucky enough to see a Platypus which have been spotted in the river.
There are two areas to visit to see the entire dam, the Shannonvale Road Bridge and the Beardy Woodlands Reserve. Facilities are available including toilet and barbeque area making for a fantastic recreational day out for the whole family.
2. Picnic in the Park
Glen Innes Highlands isn’t only famous for its World Heritage listed National Parks, the town and villages are also noted for their beautifully maintained parklands and gardens. Just west of the Glen Innes CBD, a series of parks run through the town with the landscaped Rocky Ponds Creek running through the centre of the parklands. Large trees provide ample shade, wheelchair and pram friendly paths meander, quaint bridges, picnic and BBQ areas abound, children’s play areas, exercise equipment, memorials, rotundas and lovely manicured lawns complete the picture of the parklands that start in the south and run several blocks toward the north; King George oval, King Edward Park, Anzac Park & Veness Park. The Centennial Parklands, home to the Australian Standing Stones, also offers a great vantage point of the entire town from Martin's lookout, a great spot to take the family.
3. Explore our Picturesque Villages
Choose to explore the fascinating and unique mining or mountain villages of Glen Innes Highlands and enjoy the scenic road touring routes along the way. Our mining villages of Emmaville and Deepwater have richly contrasting landscapes immersed in the history of the mining boom days. Visit the Emmaville Mining Museum and its impressive collection of gems & minerals or call into Deepwater and spot the facades of the historic buildings including the old bank. Discover the mountain village of Glencoe which takes you on a journey through the rolling New England countryside with majestic views of Elm and Poplar trees. Explore the towering granite boulders and parklands at the Stonehenge Recreation and view the famous Balancing Rock. You can stop in for lunch at Glencoe’s Red Lion Tavern.
4. Land of the Beardies History House Museum
Step back in time and explore the Land of the Beardies History House Museum located in the original Glen Innes Hospital building, 1877. The collection comes from the town and district, and mirrors the history and development of families, businesses, properties, public utilities, churches, industries, schools and more. In the spacious grounds are numerous examples of early farm machinery. Admission fees apply.
5. Foodie Experience
We have many boutique and unique venues with different experiences for food lovers. Take a trip to the Deepwater Brewery Cellar Door or taste locally made spirits at Glen Gowrie Distillery. Enjoy Gelato at the Furry Cow or a freshly made strawberry milkshake and sponge cake from the Super Strawberry. There are a range of wonderful cafes, bistros, takeaways and restaurants to enjoy both in town and in the town's surrounding villages. The Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre also proudly stock a range of locally made products including honey, olives and a range of preserves.
We have some great new Christmas gift ideas in store for you. From goods proudly made right here in the New England Highlands, to items from Celtic countries overseas - the Glen Innes Information Centre has so much to inspire you this Christmas.
New in store we have delectable chocolate and caramel fudge lovingly made by Annabelle Gerrie in Glencoe. There is the full collection of jams and preserves by AnnieE’s Brew from Dundee as well as local olive oil, olives and handmade olive soap from award winning local producers Glen Olives, just perfect for a hamper or your Christmas fare.
From further afield, we have a stunning range of affordable Celtic jewellery from Scotland and Cornwall - and even adorable Highland Cows! It’s a showcase of what Glen Innes is all about - so why not heed the call from the Highlands this Christmas!
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In the lead up to Christmas and New Year there is plenty of festivities happening around town and January is the perfect time to get out your best frock as Glen Innes Highlands Summer racing carnival begins.
Carols by Candlelight - Wed 18th December
Glen Innes Cup - 11th January
Deepwater Races - 18th January
For more upcoming events in Glen Innes Highlands head to our website and check out our event calendar.
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