"Not quite a destination" Inverell by iandsmith
Inverell Travel Guide: 23 reviews and 45 photos
Pictured is the Bicentennial Memorial, located in Sinclair Park.
To quote the local tourist blurb it "exemplifies the community spirit of the individuals and organizations who freely gave their time, technical skills, labour and much of the material to create a permanent memorial to the hisotical genesis and the progressive development of Inverell district prior to 1988. Special lighting allows the memorial to be viewed at night. It features three courtyards: No. 1 - The tertiary period and Aboriginal tribal culture; No. 2 - 1788 - 1888; No. 3 - 1888 - 1988 and beyond."
To me it signifies a strong community spirit, a town that has certainly had more ups and downs in the last 30 years than most, mainly to do with the local abbattoir closing and reopening a few times.
Its population of around 10,000 souls has some attractions, the main one being gemstones, sapphires in particular.
Having said that, there is a very good Pioneer Village, a New England Woodturning showroom at nearby Gilgai as is a winery and Ranch Park (for four wheel drives and canoeists).
Copeton Dam, in addition to being the local water supply, is also popular with recreational fishermen and water sports people.
- Pros:Busy country town, some nice architecture, some attractions, gemstones.
- Cons:Cold in winter, hot in summer
- In a nutshell:A couple of days would probably cover it.
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