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The Australian Standing Stones are intended as a tribute to the Celtic peoples who contributed to the development of Australia, and who were important in the early European history of the district.

Located in Centennial Parklands are 40 granite monoliths, that stand 3.7metres high. The weight of the stones, averages 17 tonnes!
The standing stones, have a circle of 24 stones, that represent the 24hours of the day, 3 central stones & 4 cardinal stones marking true north, south, east & west. Seven stones mark summer & winter solstices, the longest and shortest days of the year.

It is based on the Ring of Brodgar, [All the Scottish people would know about this], and it functions as a seasonal clock clearly displaying both the summer and winter solstices.

The best idea to learn all about it, is to pick up the FREE BROCHURE ON THE STANDING STONES FROM THE VISITOR CENTRE. This fills you in with all the information you need to understand these stones.

It is here where on every 1st weekend in May, the Celtic festival is held over 4 days. Clans & interested people come from all across Australia to witness some Scottish jousting, strongman events, Kirking of the Tartans, Celtic blessings, Massed Bands, Dancing, Celtic foods and much more.

The official opening of these stones was in 1992.

The area where the Stones are is open all the time for anybody to visit.....FREE.

Directions: 1.5 km east of the post office, via the Gwydir Highway (Meade St), is the signposted turnoff to Centennial Parklands AND The Australian Standing Stones.
Website: http://www.australianstandingstones.com/detail.htm

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  • Updated Jun 22, 2010
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