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Glen Innes Travel Guide: 63 reviews and 199 photos


Glen Innes is the highest largest town in Australia.

This area is known for its spectacular scenery of which large/huge granite boulders play a major part.

This area I always find fascinating!

Glen Innes has many attractions, experiences, festivals, and events, and some World Heritage national parks nearby, plus some of the world’s richest gem and mineral fields.

The main industries are mainly rural.....
Wool, Sheep, Cattle, Agriculture, Viticulture, Sapphires & Tourism.


Glen Innes is the Celtic Capital of Australia, and celebrates this with the annual Australian Celtic Festival held at the Australian Standing Stones

The district's first settlers were mostly Scots. The very first of them was from Selkirkshire, who in 1838, took up what is now known as Stonehenge Station.
Among the early settlers was William Vivers from Dumfriesshire who founded Kings Plains Station. His grandson built a castle on the property to re-create a piece Scotland in the Australian bush, it certainly has a grand building that looks like a Castle, complete with Ivy.
Accommodation is available there.

Glen Innes was named after another Scot, Archibald Clunes Innes, who came from Thrumster, Caithness-shire.
A captain, he arrived in Australia in 1822 on the Eliza in charge of 170 convicts. He too, held a number of New England properties including Glen Innes Station.

Glen Innes does have distinctive seasons.

Expect it to be very cold in Winter! Snow falls sometimes and in any Winter a wood fire will be burning for warmth.
Autumn is a lovely time to be in Glen Innes as all the Trees turn into Reds, Golds and Auburns.
Of course Spring, and the bulbs like the Daffodils pop up each year and bloom.
Summer, and the average temperature is about 25deg.

Glen Innes is only a 4 hour drive from Brisbane, via the New England Highway,
and 4.5hours from the Gold coast via the Bruxner Highway through Ballina & Lismore.
It is 7hours from Sydney via the Pacific and New England Highways.

Rainfall isn't high with only 750-850mm per year.

If you decide to come for a visit, there are many
Hotels/Motels/Caravan Parks/Bed&Breakfasts as it is a stop-over point.

Up early, as today is our last day on our 11,500km road trip holiday to Southern Australia. Still some more stops before home, the next being at TENTERFIELD, where Singer, Dancer, Entertainer - Peter Allen was born.

Next town on 2015 road trip is GUYRA

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of beautiful heritage buildings, great scenery
  • Cons:Winter is cold
  • In a nutshell:A different landscape with interesting granite outcrops
  • Last visit to Glen Innes: Apr 2015
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • blueskyjohn's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Great photos and information!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Lovely autumn colours! I like the fact that you can pick up brochures about heritage walks in so many Australian towns and villages!

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      May 29, 2015 at 11:41 PM

      Even the smallest of towns quite often have heritage walk brochures. I always pick them up if I can and walk the town. I can't remember them in Europe, perhaps I have just forgotten.

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      May 29, 2015 at 11:42 PM

      Glen Innes is gorgeous in Autumn. A big celtic festival is being held either this weekend or last. Thanks for visiting!

  • Oleg_D.'s Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Lovely place!

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    I love your main-photo - I like big boulders as well. Thanks for the virtual heritage walk :D

  • amandajayne81's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2011 at 2:58 AM

    Hope my English tips were a helpful for you. I was saying to Britannia2 that I am hoping to catch up with you when you return from visiting him! How long til your trip now? I love Glen Innes. I feel like I fit in with my red hair.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    I absolutely love the historical buildings, wonderful rock formations and gorgeous country side. A place right up my alley!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2010 at 3:19 AM

    G'day, Dee! Thanks for your great virtual tour!

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    What wonderful rock formations.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Some wonderful architecture here. A modern stone circle is unusual. I love the huge boulders, quite amazing

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    The crofter cottage looks bigger than the usual black cottage found in Scotland!My house has two downstairs rooms and upper bedroom , which is more like it. Family had one half of the house, animals the other- a good way to keep warm in winter.

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