"The Celtic Connection" Top 5 Page for this destination Glen Innes by iandsmith

Glen Innes Travel Guide: 59 reviews and 193 photos

The gimmick

If you want to get noticed, you have to have a gimmick. Glen Innes realised this and went for the Celts.
In just over a decade they have Australia's Celtic Festival (first weekend in May), standing stones and a piper every Friday on the steps of the town hall playing Celtic laments. Then again, anything played by a bagpipes sounds like you should have your handkerchief out.
One of the town's signs of prosperity is the Club Hotel pictured here dating from the halcyon days of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This pub and its eye-catching wrought iron verandah date from 1906.
It's now been bought out by a major supermarket chain, one of two who are currently swallowing up hotels just to get the liquor licences so they can sell more alcohol. Fortunately the hotel is heritage listed so the facade you see here will remain. Thank goodness.

A day in the wash

Another thing you can do while in Glen Innes is to base yourself here and visit the Gibraltar Range, Barool and Washpool National Parks.
They are fairly extensive yet not overcrowded so, on most days, you'll find yourself either on your own or with few other people around.
There's a lot to see if you like bushwalking as I do, including many streams and waterfalls.

On the backwaters

If you take a drive in the country while you're here, you're bound to run across some nice rustic scenery such as you see pictured here. Personally, I would tend to head east towards the rainforests but there's interest in any direction.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Friendly busy atmosphere, things to see, good hiking options
  • Cons:Cold in winter
  • In a nutshell:You could do worse than tarry awhile here
  • Last visit to Glen Innes: Dec 2011
  • Intro Updated Jan 4, 2012
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    Funny to see a Stonehenge clone in Australia, but I think they are quite right in finding creative ways to redefine themselves. This looks like an interesting town and area to visit.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    The town certainly looks like it is steeped in history, to even include the Stonehenge look. YOu took great pictures and comments enhance the viewing

  • Jan 23, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Hi Ian, I've just discovered Barool while travelling down Slippery Road searching for Four Mile Lookout. Have you done any other roads in this park?

  • unravelau's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2005 at 1:40 PM

    So near and yet so far I haven't seen the face.........I must make the effort. Thank you for a great page Ian.

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2004 at 3:12 AM

    Wonderful start Ian dear, I just enjoyed the tips and the picture, I like the Mysterious face in the wood, it looks a little bit like the Easter Island famous faces ;-D

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2004 at 12:22 AM

    Gr8 to see you highlighting our inland towns so well Ian. Not what was it you said about me working for a commission on one of my pages,,,,,,,, lol! Loved the mystery face.

  • olja1234's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2004 at 3:16 AM

    What a beautiful town, and suburb. Ienjoyed reading your tips. Perfect!

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2004 at 2:29 PM

    I like the old stoney face!! What a great area!!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2004 at 4:34 AM

    I love poking around in old towns too, you never know what you might find! Very interesting pics of the big rocks and I was surprised to see those beautiful deciduous trees!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2004 at 6:01 PM

    What an inventive town! Your text always conveys your sharp perception and keen observations. Club Hotel looks grand. Loved the information about Standing Stones. "Old Mystery Face" is my favorite.

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