Offering a slice of real country Australia, Glen Innes is a charming mix of beautiful scenery, ornate architecture and tangible history, all amidst a thriving arts scene. The town is a veritable showcase of bookshops, boutiques and collectables stores, all of which blend seamlessly with the more than 30 heritage-listed buildings that adorn the main street. Beyond the city limits, natural beauty rules supreme, with two of the state’s most impressive national parks and some of the world’s richest sapphire and mineral fields at your doorstep. There is no shortage of wonders in this rich, rural town, and they’re all just waiting to be discovered.
Glen Innes is known as the Celtic heart of Australia, owing not only to its early Scottish settlers, but also to the undeniable similarity between the region’s stunning landscape and the lush Scottish and English countryside. This fascinating heritage is palpable throughout the town today, visible in both the numerous festivals held throughout the year and the extraordinary exhibits on display at the district museum.
Accommodation options are abundant, with choices varying from camping grounds and motels, to cottages and bed-and-breakfasts, through to farmstays and fishing lodges. The town is also an exciting playground for food and wine aficionados, with the diverse cuisine guaranteed to appease any palate. Enjoy warm country hospitality at the Railway Tavern, savour some eastern flavours at Punjabi Hutt, or indulge with a fresh strawberry milkshake at the quaint café and deli, The Super Strawberry.
Glen Innes is a country town with it all, and at only seven hours from Sydney and four hours from Brisbane, this lavish pocket of New England is waiting for you.