Discover Glen Innes Highlands – Where Adventure Meets Nature

As we head into the end of 2022, we’re more ready than ever to get out there, explore and make memories, and if adventure and a healthy dose of fresh air is calling you, then look no further than Glen Innes Highlands. From kayaking and canoeing to hiking, mountain biking or road touring, there’s something for everyone – and if high-intensity isn’t quite your thing, you might enjoy fishing, golfing or even fossicking.

Get your walking shoes on with track lengths to suit your mood, from the 1.4km Coombadjha nature stroll in Washpool National Park, all the way to the 45km multi-day Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk, where you can take in the sights and sounds of the highlands and surrounding wildlife.

With creeks, rivers and dams weaving their way throughout the region, it’s a go-to destination for all things water sports – a great way to cool down during the summer months.

Feel the need for speed? As part of New England High Country, Glen Innes Highlands delivers incredible scenery and rides for all types of motorcycling, from off-roading to luxury touring, with no shortage of must-see attractions along your ride.

Of course, adventure doesn’t always mean fast-paced, and Glen Innes boasts a beautiful 18-hole golf course that caters to everyone from novice and pro players alike – for those venturing out for a morning round, you might even have the course to yourself (with the resident wallabies as your audience). Or, try your hand at fossicking in one of the most prolific sapphire regions in New South Wales – famous for royal blue sapphires, you might just walk away with a very special (and sparkly) souvenir.

As we head into the festive season, Glen Innes Highlands comes alive with a host of activities and events that invite you to gather, celebrate and enjoy. Starting on the 24th of November, Christmas in the Highlands launches at Town Hall Square, bringing together local artisans and community groups to share Christmas cheer and showcase local arts and crafts (perfect for ticking some things off your Christmas shopping list!). Don’t miss the official “lighting up” of the Christmas tree, as well as live entertainment and more.

Now in its 21st year, the Red Cross Christmas Tree Exhibition will be on display from the 24th of November at the historic Glen Innes Town Hall, featuring trees decorated by local businesses and community organisations – for a $2 admission fee, get your festive fix of decorative inspiration.

Bringing it all together in seasonal spirit is the Walk of Light – Reach for the Stars, which will light up Glen Innes from the 24th of November until the 13th of January, featuring a stunning display of lighting installations throughout Glen Innes, including the main attractions – Tunnel of Lights, Lights in the Sky and The Golden Tree.

Looking to 2023, the must-see Glen Innes Show & Gourmet Fiesta will draw crowds from near and far on February 10th, 11th & 12th, jam-packed with excitement and entertainment, including displays, horse events, stud cattle, horticulture, arts & crafts, rides, show bags, the regional foodies showcase, and more.

Whether you’re a newbie or seasoned gem hunter, the Minerama Fossicking, Gem and Jewellery Show on the 10th, 11th & 12th of March 2023 at the Glen Innes Showgrounds satisfies keen rockhounds annually with field trips, workshops, kids fossicking, markets and a huge range of gems and jewels on display and for sale.

Rounding out the first half of the new year, the Australian Celtic Festival at the Australian Standing Stones is renowned as the premier Celtic event of New South Wales. It is the only Celtic-themed festival in Australia to recognise different Celtic nations each year and will shine the spotlight on Scotland from the 4th until the 7th of May, 2023.

Come and experience a truly unique festival in the spectacularly colourful Glen Innes autumn (a highlight of the cooler New England climate) with close to 200 events taking place, including the Thursday night ‘100,000 Welcomes Concert’, which gives a taste of the weekend’s performances, and non-stop entertainment. Alongside music and dance, the program includes official Celtic ceremonies, a street parade, Celtic workshops, dance championships, a children’s marquee, boutique stalls, themed food, and so much more.

Coming soon to Glen Innes Highlands is the Geotourism Skywalk & New England Rail Trail – more reasons to plan your trip to this special corner of the world with something exciting taking place across every distinct season. Combining the very best of cultural and Celtic history with rolling countryside and adventure around every corner, Glen Innes Highlands is calling you. Discover your next adventure at gleninneshighlands.com

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