Founded in the 1880s primarily because of the tin mining, is 39kms away and has some historic sites to visit. The Emmaville Mining Museum is very popular with tourists along with a visit to tent hill and the Ottery Arsenic Mine.

An easy half hour drive through undulating beef and sheep countryside. Deepwater has a number of historic buildings a reminder of its rich past, Deepwater Inn, School of Arts, Courthouse, Railway Station and Post Office. As you visit you may like to try their 9 hole golf course, visit a local winery or fossick for quartz crystals and sapphires.

Ben Lomond
A little village at the top of the ranges, a delight to visit in Autumn to see the variety of leaf colours on display. The Railway Station (1884) and the War Memorial Hall (1919) are well worth a visit. Visit Wright Robertson winery at Glencoe on the return journey and try some wines grown at high altitude.

The Rest Point Motor Inn and Hereford Steakhouse are located close to all the town amenities. Woolworths and the Glen Innes & District Services Club being  an easy 400 metre walk. Than continue along Grey Street for shopping in Glen Innes. The Glen Innes Showgrounds is an easy walk.

Grey Street the main street of Glen Innes runs parallel to the highway and contains a number of historic buildings and unique business’.  The local Post Office, Court House, Town Hall, McKenzie Building (1885) and Royal Hotel (c1860) are well worth a look.

In the car you can follow the tourist drive. St. Patricks Catholic Church  (1909), Glen Innes High School (originally built as a jail), Historic Railway Tavern, Holy Trinity Anglican Church (1868) pictured, Cameron Memorial Uniting Church (1870),

Land of the Beardies History House Museum provides a fascinating couple of hours entertainment, or spend a day or more accessing the Research Centre archives.

The Australian Standing Stones link the history of the Celtic pioneers to both Australia and the Glen Innes region. The standing stones have a circle of 24 stones representing 24 hours of the day and while not as ancient as the those of Stonehenge they are in better condition. The Celtic Festival held each year is a great time to visit Glen Innes and join in the fun of the festival. Free guided tours are held regularly tuesday, wednesday and thursday.


Longer Drives

1. Girraween National Park – 1h 30 minutes

2. Tenterfield – 1 hour

3. Torrington State Conservation Area – 1 h 20 minutes

4. Kings Plain National Park – 1h 20 minutes

5. Gibraltar & Washpool National parks – Just over 1 hour

6. Inverell – 45 minutes

7. Guyra – 40 minutes

8. Armidale – 1 hour


Getting to Glen Innes:


  1. Armidale to Glen Innes – 1 hour North
  2. Grafton to Glen Innes – 2 hours West
  3. Lismore to Glen Innes – 3 hours West
  4. Brisbane to Glen Innes – 4 hours South