Here, a depiction of the various pieces of the fabric of life that has passed through Inverell through the ages.
It's a tall tower that catches your eye initially but it's the inside walls of the structure that hold your interest.
Etched scenes of life and significant events of the past are depicted on individual slabs on the four arms of the monument on the western exit of town.
This was one of those places I'd noticed on a map and decided to visit. Fortunately, unlike Comboyne, I didn't wait 30 years, more like 30 months. I was in a rush!
I came in from the Warialda side but if you come from the Inverell side you will reach this intersection just as I have.
From here it's just a short trip along a dirt road to your destination.
On the brochure, the limestone caves are clearly listed as an attraction. Now, I'll be the first to concede that my time there was limited and perhaps the sign had been misaligned but, I doubt it.
I'm a bit of a cave lover as you will note in my Italy page but, having visited many in Australia, I have to say this was so bad I would discourage visitors rather than try to attract them.
As you will note if you blow the photo up, I'm holding my nose. The olfactory senses went into total rejection as I entered the cavern and pungent odour of faecal matter rent the air and made me feel instantly ill.
Although I bravely held my nose and blundered on a few more steps I could see this cave had nothing to offer remotely close to what I'd hoped for so I beat a hasty retreat and continued my journey.
At last, the falls
Kwiambal (pronounced Kigh-am-bal) National Park's main feature and reason for being is Macintyre Falls. Now, these are not your 100 metre-high-plummet, more your trickling-through-granite-and-sometimes-you can't-even-see-the-water type.
At the carpark there are view points to the gorge below, the best being Beach Lookout.
The main area below the carpark is ideal for a bush picnic with a small sandy beach and some good swimming holes.
The walk down is via a boardwalk but, once there, you are into rock-hopping territory.
There is another road to a spot called Lemon Tree Flat where camping, toilets and tables are available and you can explore the river further by seeking out Severn Falls, The Dungeon and The Junction, none of which is as good as Macintyre.
A small warning here. If you want to start a fire, you are specifically asked to bring in your own fuel.
Although the area floods on occasions, you would have to be unlucky. In the driest continent on earth, this is not a common occurence.
It's a really good area for that Aussie bushwalking experience and, except for long weekends and school holidays, it never gets crowded.
"MEETING PLACE OF THE SWAN"
"THIS IS INVERELL"
Alexander Campbell, a Scottish immigrant, gave Inverell its name,
which means 'meeting place of the swans' in Gaelic.
In 1835, Campbell established Inverell Station and set about converting
the bush into a working farm.
Diamonds were discovered at Copes Creek in 1875,
and mining for sapphires started in 1916.
Bauxite, lead, silver and diamonds have also been mined there commercially.
Inverell, is located in what is known as Gemstone country.
Inverell has hot summer temperatures, approx. 30 °c or hotter,
with the summer low temperature about 14 °c.
The winter high temperature for Inverell is approximately 16 °c,
with it getting quite cold at nights, maybe 1 °c or less quite often,
I can tell you it gets COLD!
"Go walking or Fossicking"
Inverell has an excellent Visitor Information Centre.
You want to take a walk along the streets, there are actually two main
streets, and have a look at the many historical buildings.
As well as enjoying fossicking, there are many attractions,
including the Inverell Pioneer Museum and the Transport Museum
"What you can do nearby"
Lake Inverell Reserve, located east of the town centre,
is home to many birds and waterfowl.
Copeton Waters State Park is a really huge dam
(three times the size of Sydney Harbour when full)
and is 40km from Inverell.
Goonoowigall Bushland Reserve, located 5km south, has picnic spots
and walking trails, wildlife and over 100 species of birds.