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Glen Innes Highlands isn’t only famous for its World Heritage-listed national parks, but the town and villages are also noted for their beautifully maintained parklands and gardens.
Just west of the Glen Innes CBD, you'll find a series of parks with the landscaped Rocky Ponds Creek running through the centre.
Within them, you'll find large trees providing ample shade, wheelchair and pram-friendly paths to meander, quaint bridges, picnic and BBQ areas, children’s play areas, exercise equipment, memorials, rotundas and lovely manicured lawns that start in the south and run several blocks toward the north.
Glen Innes Highlands has an abundance of parks that are used for all kinds of community, recreational and sporting activities. They go hand-in-hand with our lifestyle here that promotes health, fitness and participation in our vibrant community.
Centennial Parklands is another very popular park and is home to the Australian Standing Stones.
It offers scenic walking, The Stone Cottage Café and Martins Lookout, where one can enjoy a view of the entire town.
It’s a great place to have a family picnic among the stones or enjoy freshly made coffee from the café and the friendly local bird life.
What does the future look like for the Centennial Parklands?
An ambitious, yet exciting plan is underway to utilise the area to bring together Ngoorabul and Celtic heritage, provide a system of pathways linked to the shared pathways throughout town, and provide a facility that can attract the conference market, build the Australian Celtic Festival, and improve services to the community and tourists.
Glen Innes Highlands has a very keen community of gardeners, including the Glen Innes & District Garden Club, which was formed over 60 years ago.
The Garden Club often holds open days and visits to various gardens in the highlands, some of which have been featured in national magazines and garden television shows. For more information, contact (02) 6732 4015 or 0401 638 918.
The Glen Initiative Garden, located at 70 Church Street, Glen Innes, is a collaborative community-based garden that increases community networks and connections and provides opportunities for social inclusion. The garden is open on certain days weekly, providing an opportunity for others to purchase plants and fresh produce.
There are also a number of cool climate nurseries and garden supply stores in the area.
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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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