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Glen Innes is an energetic, regional community in the heart of New England High Country.
With a population of around 9,000, the region offers a relaxing rural lifestyle, with easy commutes – saving you time for the more important things.
Located at the intersection of the New England and Gwydir Highways, Glen Innes is easily accessible from Brisbane and Sydney, Outback Australia and the NSW North Coast.
Whether you are returning home or looking for a tree change, you'll feel welcome in our friendly community.
Enjoy a quality lifestyle with affordable housing, accessible health services, quality education, vibrant retail and hospitality sectors, and professional services.
There are so many reasons to live in Glen Innes Highlands. From the refreshing rural lifestyle to the affordable housing market, and the way our close-knit community bands together to help each other in times of need.
Glen Innes Highlands is ideal for tree-changers, telecommuters, semi-retirees and active retirees, boutique/specialist agricultural producers, artisans and manufacturers, and creative professionals such as architects and designers.
According to a recent survey, our tree changers over the last ten years have been across all age groups with just under half under the age of 44, almost 60% married with children and almost 54% with a Graduate or Bachelor degree.
Glen Innes Highlands has everything you need, and nothing you don’t. The pace of life is one of the biggest drawcards for people relocating from cities.
Up here, the air is fresh and there are so many options for outdoor activities with the freedom for children to run around and play safely. The benefits of a country lifestyle here are plentiful.
Writer and artist, Michael Burge, and silversmith, Richard Moon, swapped island life for highland life when they moved from Coochiemudlo Island (35 km from central Brisbane) to their own, off-grid paradise in Deepwater.
“We were thrilled to find how far our dollars went in the country,” said Michael, who grew up in Inverell, about 100 km southwest of his new home.
“Not only were we able to buy our ideal home, an 1880s cottage surrounded by bush and farms in a secluded valley, but we were also able to purchase a high-street shop in Glen Innes, which we’ve turned into a creative hub, The Makers Shed.
“It was the best move at the right time for our careers,” said Michael.
“We get to run our business with very easy commutes, plus I have been able to broaden my media career significantly, directing the High Country’s Writers Festival and working part-time for the region’s arts development organisation.”
Kate, a Veterinarian, visited Glen Innes often while studying and undertaking practical work. She shared with her husband-to-be, Ian, a love of our national parks
“We spent days walking in the parks while dating,” she recalls. “We love the [Australian] Celtic Festival, the Machinery Show which comes to town and the Glen Innes Show in February,”
Kate exclaimed that the climate is appealing too after her former home on a farm in the often sweltering Gold Coast hinterland.
Kate praises the welcoming, relaxed lifestyle describing Glen Innes as “a very nice town with friendly people; you can always walk down the street and have a chat.”
Jai and husband Michael, both 34, moved to Glen Innes from Newcastle for “the pace... we had enough of the rat race,” and to offer their children, 6 and 3, the rural experience.
“We love the amazing attractions on our doorstep,” said Jai, “national parks, Boundary Falls, Mann River; we do a lot of bushwalking.
And the local amenities are fantastic, especially the refurbished heated swimming pool.”
There’s a huge range of local clubs, interest groups and associations that help to deliver a sense of community.
Even those without family ties experience the ease with which they have fitted into the warm and welcoming community.
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Acknowledgement of Country
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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