Befitting its name, Glen Innes - at the top end of the New England
region in the north-west of NSW - is the site of Australia’s only official monument to the tens of thousands of Celtic pioneers who helped shape Australia.
Set in the Centennial Parklands of Glen Innes, the striking rough-hewn granite pillars are simply and collectively known as Australian Standing Stones. Unique, too, is the colourfully-named Land of the Beardies History House which traces the heroic role played by the first settlers, who began arriving in the Glen Innes area in 1838. Beardies is recognised as one of Australia’s finest folk museum collections. The region's mining heritage is mirrored in the Emmaville Mining Museum displays which include the highly regarded Curnow mineral collection.
The district also lures fishermen angling for trout, cod, redfin, yellowbelly or silver perch. Glen Innes’ primary attraction, however, also include the certainty of the weather - warm, dry summers, golden autumns, bracing winters and dazzling springs.
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