With treasures and great fortune hiding around every corner, there's an adventure for everyone in Inverell.
The Inverell region is famous for supplying around 80% of the world’s sapphires, which means it offers the perfect opportunity for you to try your luck at fossicking. There are plenty of rich fossicking sites in Inverell to discover, with the best spots close to creeks and rivers.
Fossicking is also a fun activity the whole family can get involved in – and with the chance to strike it rich a very real possibility, we doubt anyone would want to miss out!
Inverell is a region rich in wildlife and natural splendour, and considering the name ‘Inverell’ means ‘the meeting place of swans’ in Gaelic, it should come as no surprise that visitors are bound to see a wide range of birdlife in the nearby reserves, dams and wilderness areas.
Lake Inverell is considered the place to whip out the binoculars, so keep your eyes peeled for pelicans, ducks, cormorants, plovers, spoonbills and, of course, the black swan.
3. Inverell Heritage Walk
Starting at the Inverell Information Centre, the Heritage Walk is a great way to familiarise yourself with the rich history of Inverell. Pick up a free brochure and map and learn about the architecture and history behind of each of the buildings.
Particular highlights include the old Power Station, newly refurbished Town Hall and Art Gallery, Post Office, Court House and local church. Taking just over one and a half hours, it’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Inverell.
4. Olives of Beaulieau
Visit the most delicious attraction in the Inverell region – the family-owned estate Olives of Beaulieau. Selling olive products, spice blends and gourmet foods, visitors are also given the opportunity to learn about the manufacturing of olive products.
5. Macintyre Falls
It may be roughly an hour’s drive from Inverell, but Macintyre Falls is well worth the journey. Located in Kwiambal National Park, follow the 200m trail which leads straight to Macintyre Falls lookout, offering spectacular views of the cascading falls and deep gorge.
Next, head to the base of the falls, where you can swim, fish and indulge in a spot of birdwatching. You might even want to practice your fossicking skills while you're there!