Glen Innes Travel Guide

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  • Glen Innes
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Glen Innes Highlights

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     Lots of beautiful heritage buildings, great scenery 

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     Winter is cold 

  • In a nutshell
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     A different landscape with interesting granite outcrops 

Glen Innes Things to Do

  • GLEN INNES CELTIC AND HIGHLAND GAMES...

    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....

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  • WHEN IN GLENN INNES DO SOME FOSSICKING..

    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...

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  • Gamble or eat at the RSL

    Glen Innes NSW...AustraliaJust 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...

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  • The townhall

    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

    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...

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  • The Club Hotel of 1906

    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...

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  • The Post & Telegraph Office

    The Post & Telegraph Office is an interesting building made of red bricks and it is also one of the oldest buildings of Glen Innes. The Post Office, the townhall and the Courthouse were mostly the first buildings that were built in solid stones in each village after the first settlers came to Australia.

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  • some more of the ancient buildings

    Here you can see some more of the various buildings with interesting architecture in Glen Innes. In case that you love to see all details of such an architecture, you should calculate about 1-2 hours for exploring all of these great buildings of Glen Innes.

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  • The Kwong Sing Centre of 1886

    The Kwong Sing Centre of 1886 is a good example of an early settlement of chinese merchants in that area and that shopping-centre is obviously still in the ha^nds of that family for more than 100 years now.For me it was interesting to see that great facade of the shop, that is quite impressive in its size even for today.

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  • Not quite a silver lining

    One thing you can often get, especially in autumn and winter, is wonderful sunsets.This one happened a little east of Glen Innes. The dead trees shown here are the results of a 90s dilemma called dieback that decimated parts of the New England. There were three different things that caused trees to die off in bulk, not only here but in parts of...

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  • More prosperous times

    Glen Innes prospered initially with the mineral boom in the late 19th century and its location on a major roads intersection but, along with most other rural towns, suffered after World War II when larger properties and more efficient practices meant less people on the farms and thus less trade.What to do? Re-invent yourself, add the gimmick...

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  • HERITAGE WALK - 1

    I picked up my Heritage walk brochure from the Vistor centre, then started my walk. The brochure is excellent, 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, and the street lamp-style street lighting compliments the heritage buildings.It is...

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  • BIRDWATCHING

    I am not a proper Bird watcher, but I do love seeing new Birds that I have never seen before, or have only seen in Aviaries.I have noticed on visiting Visitor Information centres lately, that they now have proper Birdwatching pamphlets for the area you are in, if it is a Birdwatching area. I do try and find new Birds, and had quite a bit of...

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  • HERITAGE WALK - 5

    Continuing on my walk, I came across the beautiful Westpac Bank.Photo [1]........WESTPAC BANKBuilt in 1884/85, this Bank is built in one of my favorite styles, Victorian/Italianate. A very pleasing building to the eye, and nicely painted . This Bank has changed names many times, firstly it was the Australian Joint Stock Bank, the Australian Bank of...

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  • HERITAGE WALK - 3

    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 HALLI 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...

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  • HERITAGE WALK - 2

    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 HOTELThis Hotel, built in 1874, had been known by a different name in earlier years. ......The Telegraph and the Fitzgerald were its previous names. It is one...

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  • MARTIN'S LOOKOUT

    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!BBQ'S and Toilets, Crofter's Cottage for refreshments, plenty of parking...

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  • THE AUSTRALIAN STANDING STONES

    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,...

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  • CROFTER'S COTTAGE

    Crofter's Cottage is located near the Australian Standing stones. A very sturdy looking Cottage, it has been built from basalt rock and is a replica of a Taigh Dubh, the small stone "black house" of the early Celtic peoples. I was told, that some of these are still in parts of Scotland. This Cottage was inspired from photographs of such cottage...

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  • LAND OF THE BEARDIES FOLK MUSEUM

    What an unusual name! How did this name come about. Well, The Beardies were William Chandler and John Duval, who both had long flowing beards, they were a pair of good bushmen working as stockmen on Tilbuster station in 1838. People leaving Sydney looking for land were advised to see “The “Beardies."Chandler and Duval led the first settlers into...

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  • BALANCING ROCK & SURROUNDS

    Around the Glen Innes area, there are lots of strange & unique rock formations.Balancing Rock is one of them. It is an enormous pear-shaped boulder of granite balancing precariously on another, admist many other unusual formations.Balancing Rock is on private property and is about 150 metres from the highway. To view the rock stop at the rest area...

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Glen Innes Restaurants

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    Spring is in the air

    by iandsmith Written Dec 21, 2007

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    The restaurant is actually part of the New England Club and is situated right across the road from a lovely park......well, it was lovely until the drought hit but, late in 2007 the rains came and now it's all nice again. All of which has nothing to do with the food you can get here which sets a bit of a standard in the town.

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Glen Innes Transportation

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    by globetrott Written Mar 16, 2012

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    The best option to go to Glen Innes is in your own car ! You will find a lot of parking-spaces along all streets in town, you just have to be carefully watching out for potholes, as you can see in my pictures here !
    I had heavy rainfalls during my stay, and in such a case it could happen that parts of the roads are flooded, so watch the weather-forecast, or ask at the tourist-information before you start driving overlands !

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Glen Innes Local Customs

  • some great letterboxes

    On a rainy day I started to watch out for fancy and funny letterboxes, that were easy to photograph from my car without been forced to step out into the rain.And these are some of the letterboxes that I found in and around of Glen Innes, my favorite was the letterbox that was built into an old wine-vat.

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  • Shopping-arcades

    In Australia you will still find a lot of such streets that have covered arcades in front of their shops. That is really great in case that it is raining and it is great as well, when the sun is burning down really strong, and all pedestrians can still walk easily in the shade, while doing their shopping.Hard to believe that some decades ago there...

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Glen Innes Off The Beaten Path

  • A touch of Art Nouveau in Glen Innes

    This wonderful building right in the centre of Glen Innes is dating back to the year 1911 and it was built in Art Nouveau style with some great decorations on the facade. Just a pity I was not able to take a look inside the building, as most Art Nouveau-buildings have also a staircase in that same style as well.In my last picture: the building of...

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  • St. Joseph's School

    St. Joseph's School and the church that obviously belongs to it as well is the most impressive ensemble of buildings that I saw in Glen Innes. Parts of it even look like an old scottish castle, even though it is certainly just a boarding-school. You will find these buildings next to the Chapel Theatre, when leaving town in direction of Armidale.

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  • an interesting house

    I saw this interesting house opposite of the Chapel-theatre and somehow it reminded me a lot of the old, wooden houses of the early settlers.In my last picture: another great house in that same street, but much more modern.

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Glen Innes Favorites

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    Beardy Waters, just a lovely place to stop 4 more images

    by iandsmith Written Dec 31, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Surprised I haven't put this in before, he wrote about 5 years after the original pages I entered.
    This is a stream that drops around 317m over its 76km length before it reaches the Severn River but, at one spot it crosses the beneath the Gwydir Highway east of Glen Innes.

    Fondest memory: Here there's a delightful spot to park and maybe have a picnic beside some pools that have been formed in the granite. Spring when the wildflowers bloom is a particularly nice time. There's lots of insect and animal life around and on a pleasant day it's a delight just to be there.
    I hope some of the pictures show that.

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