Glen Innes Things to Do

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    MARTIN'S LOOKOUT

    by balhannah Updated Jun 14, 2015

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    From this lookout, there are panoramic views of the town, although I found it hard to get a decent photo because of trees in the way.

    What I did like here, was the unique picnic tables & seats made from slabs of Granite. They would be a little cold to sit on in Winter though, bring a rug or cushion!

    BBQ'S and Toilets, Crofter's Cottage for refreshments, plenty of parking space and room to move, all located on top of the Hill.

    Granite picnic tables & seating bbq & seating Martins lookout park area

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    HERITAGE WALK - 3

    by balhannah Updated Jun 14, 2015

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    Nearly all of these lovely old buildings are located in the main street, all I had to do was to cross the street to take some photos.

    Here are some more of interest.

    Photo [1]........THE TOWN HALL%C
    I thought this building was beautiful! Built in 1887 during the "boom period," it is called a "High Victorian" grand Town Hall. The style is French Renaissance Italianate and is very elaborate. When the Town Hall was completed in 1888, a Citizen's ball was held.

    This distinctive Town Hall was built in Australia's Centenary year.

    Photo [2].........FORMER ANZ BANK
    Was built in 1877.

    Photo [3].....STATIONER'S HALL CHAMBERS
    Built in 1914. This is an Edwardian style building, comprising of fronts with ground floor shops.

    Photo [4]........THE NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK
    Another favorite of mine! Built in 1890and once named the CBC Bank, it is another building built in the Italianate style just like many CBC buildings are in Australia.

    Town hall Former ANZ Bank Statiioner's hall chambers National Australia Bank
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    HERITAGE WALK - 1

    by balhannah Updated Jun 14, 2015

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    I picked up my Heritage walk brochure from the Vistor centre then started my walk.
    The brochure is excellent as it covers the buildings erected between 1860 and 1930.
    Quite a few buildings had been repainted in their original 19th-century colours, they look wonderful, so did the lamp-style street lighting complimenting the heritage buildings.

    It is easy to follow and had good descriptions on what I was viewing.

    So now, I will tell you about what I saw, and show you some photo's.

    Photo [1] .... ......
    St. Patrick's Catholic Church which was built between 1908-09. The church was built for the sum of 9000 pounds. The original granite church on the north side was built in the 1870's for 1,500 pounds. This was converted to St. Joseph's School when the present Church was built.

    Photo [2/3]..........
    St. Joseph School/convent, built in 1916. This is next door to St. Patrick's Church. All of them are very imposing buildings, with the Church & the Convent having stained glass & Leadlight.

    St. Patrick St. Joseph's Convent St. Joseph's Convent
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    HERITAGE WALK - 4

    by balhannah Updated Jun 14, 2015

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    Some more interesting buildings.....

    Photo [1] - THE COURT HOUSE
    This was a dark colour grey building as it was made out of balsat and granite stone, and built in "restrained colonial style', whatever that means. It was built in 1873, replacing the previous Court house that was built in 1858.
    It has some interesting history, as Bushranger Thunderbolt was tried in 1860 in the first courthouse (built 1858).
    Aboriginal outlaw Black Tommy was also tried here in 1876 and acquitted, but accused of murder and horse-stealing, was shot to death by local constables 18 months later.

    Photo [2] - TIMB'S PHARMACY
    Was built in 1901. This store has been many things, A Butcher shop, A Clothier & Mercer, A Dentist, and Pharmacy. It is built in late Victorian/Edwardian style, with nice arched windows.

    Court house Timb's Pharmacy
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    VISIT THE INFORMATION CENTRE

    by balhannah Updated Jun 14, 2015

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    Glen Innes has a great information centre.

    Plenty of FREE maps and brochures, souvenirs, home - made jams and helpful staff.

    I went to pick up a Heritage walk guide, as Glen Innes is loaded with Heritage buildings.
    I then saw some cute bookmarks, and T. shirts & babies outfits with the Scottish Terrier on them for only $5, what a bargain!
    I wish I had somebody to give to, so I could buy one of the cute scottish Dolls! . When you pushed them in the tummy they played a well known Scottish song.

    OPEN 7 DAYS from 9 - 5pm weekdays
    9 - 3pm On weekend & Public holidays

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    BALANCING ROCK & SURROUNDS

    by balhannah Updated Apr 20, 2015

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    Around the Glen Innes area, there are lots of strange & unique rock formations.

    Balancing Rock is one of them. It is an enormous granite boulder balancing precariously on another admist many other unusual formations
    Balancing Rock is on private property and is not accessible to the public, though next door are many interesting rock formations at the Stonehenge Recreational Reserve that I had fun exploring!
    Your are allowed to picnic, camp or walk and clamber over the rocks.

    To view the rock, stop at the rest area which is marked with a Balancing Rock sign.
    If travelling south, start looking for it from the Stonehenge Recreational Reserve, it will be on the L/H side of the road.

    Balancing Rock
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    AUTUMN IS BEST!

    by balhannah Written Apr 20, 2015

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    Autumn in my opinion is the prettiest time to visit Glen Innes. The days are much cooler but not as cold as winter, so it's really pleasant walking around.

    What makes it extra special, is seeing the huge old deciduous trees if full autumn colours, what a picture this is! Glen Innes has Poplar trees on both sides of the road on many of its town entrances. These were golden yellow and looked a treat! The town streets are planted with smaller trees, like the Claret Ash, Prunus and Crepe Myrtles which are all a little different in colour. Don't forget the Town park where the huge old trees are, these are something special to see!

    I was here in Mid April which was good timing.

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    GLEN INNES IN WINTER

    by balhannah Updated Apr 20, 2015

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    Winter in Glen Innes, and it may be snowing, one thing for sure, it will be cold.

    All the Trees have lost their leaves, and there is no colour much except for the Berry Bushes, these are laden with Berries. I saw Red & Orange berries, and how pretty they were.
    It is a nice to be snuggled up infront of the wood fire, I think nearly every house has one.

    Another option is to follow one of the signposted tourist routes around town, this is a very easy way to see all the points of interest in Town.

    Orange Berries galore on the Bushes Old style wooden home More upmarket old home Follow these tourist signs for a scenic drive
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    HERITAGE WALK - 2

    by balhannah Updated Apr 20, 2015

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    Doing the Heritage Walk, I noticed a lot of the buildings were built in the same era, but in different designs.
    Here are some more of interest...............

    Photo [1].......THE GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL
    This Hotel, built in 1874, was originally known as the Telegraph and the Fitzgerald Hotel. One of the older commercial buildings in Glen Innes, it was looking resplendant with a new coat of paint.

    Photo [2/3].........THE POST OFFICE
    Which was originally known as the Post & Telegraph office. Built in 1896, this one replaced the original that was built in 1877. IT is described as "a Queen Anne" style two story building.

    The Grand Central Hotel Post Office Post Office
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    GLEN INNES CELTIC AND HIGHLAND GAMES FESTIVAL

    by DennyP Updated Apr 16, 2012

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    GLEN INNES N.S.W
    In May of each year there is a Highland Games and Festival held here and is reputed to be one of the biggest in the country..This particular area of New England....Grafton..Maclean and Glen Innes all have strong Celtic ties and the "Standing Stones" is recognised as the National gathering point for Celtic descendants and clans. When recently staging a presentation of the world famous Edinburgh Scottish MiltaryTattoo there was no trouble sourcing the hundreds of scottish dancers that were needed for this spectacular show. The organisers only had to look to the huge amount of different clans represented in Glen Innes, Grafton and Maclean for their needs. here in New South Wales.
    There are a few festivals held in Glen Innes and they are : The Australian Celtic festival with the Highland games in May , The "Land of the Beardies" festival which is held in November , and the Mineral and Precious Gems Festival called the "Minerama "in September.

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    WHEN IN GLENN INNES DO SOME FOSSICKING..

    by DennyP Written Apr 16, 2012

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    GLEN INNES
    .. Depending on how much time you have while in Glen Innes...Do some fossicking..!!
    I know when I am driving allover Australia I "fossick" whenever the chance presents itself..Of course you must be in a gem area and that is what "fossicking " is about seeking out gems and precious stones.. Glenn Innes is one such place known for its amazing sapphires and also its emeralds...but sapphires mainly.. The activity of fossicking" is not only fun but can be extremely rewarding. This I found when fossicking in Queensland..where I found many sapphires..A local fossickers licence is needed but a small fomality , as they are inexpensive to obtain locally. seek local advice as to "hot" areas to have a "fossick"...Good Luck.

    PANNING FOR SAPHIRES
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    Gamble or eat at the RSL

    by wise23girl Updated Apr 13, 2012

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    Glen Innes NSW...Australia

    Just for a bit of fun in the evening you will find the RSL' fills the bill' We did not win on the poker (slot) machines but found the meal very enjoyable. We were escorted to our table set with a white cloth and chose barramundi which actually tasted like the 'real thing' (There has been a bit of a stir as some places are serving cat fish and calling it barramundi or snapper)

    The dining room is named 'Crystal Room '

    At weekends we noticed the Club adveritses entertaiment as well...a band and a vocalist is the usual choice,

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    The townhall

    by globetrott Updated Apr 2, 2012

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    The townhall of Glen Innes is one of the most beautiful townhalls that I saw in New South Wales and it dates back to the year 1887.
    In my last 2 pictures here: another shopping-centre built in the style of the early settlers and a bank-building, well banks always seemed to have enough money to build impressive buildings.

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    The Courthouse of 1873

    by globetrott Updated Mar 16, 2012

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    The courthouse of Glen Innes is dating back to the year 1873. Most of the early settlers of Australia had been convicts and so it seemes to me that the newly built state of Australia wanted to show everywhere, that law and justice have to be obeyed there as well. So you will find an impressive courthouse even in smaller villages and towns all over Australia, and in most cases the police-station was eighter in the same building or next to it.

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    The Club Hotel of 1906

    by globetrott Updated Mar 16, 2012

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    The Club Hotel is a really impressive building dating back to the year 1906. It has these typical arcades on the street-level and the balconies on the upper floor. Such hotels were normally always built on the crossing of 2 main roads.
    There is a pub in that building nowadays, BUT I am not sure, if they also are a hotel still, this is why I list it here just as a sight and not as a hoteltip.
    In my last 2 pics: another pub/hotel.

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