Last updated October 23, 2023
The Ngoorabul people are the traditional owners of the Glen Innes Highlands area. Glen Innes Severn Council acknowledges and pays respect to their elder’s past, present and emerging and to Torres Strait Islander people and all First Nations people.
The Glen Innes Severn Local Government Area (LGA) is a unique wonderland, offering visitors a vast array of experiences. With our four distinct seasons, rich cultural history, rolling countryside and World Heritage National Parks at our doorstep, there is so much to see and explore. The villages in the LGA also have interesting places to visit with a rich history, from our world class Mining and Historical Museum at Emmaville and thriving township of Deepwater. In Glen Innes, we have the Land of the Beardies History House which is one of the best folk museums and research centres in NSW. We also have our iconic Town Hall, which is one of our most photographed attractions, I cannot tell you how many people stop just to take a photo of this beautiful building every day.
Located in the centre of the Northern Tablelands, Glen Innes also has a deep connection with Celtic heritage and is home to the world renowned National Celtic Monument, the Australian Standing Stones which hosts the Australian Celtic Festival in the first weekend in May annually. The Festival is a celebration of Australian Celtic heritage with the town coming alive with visitors, pipe bands, kilts, clans and performers. The countryside is often compared to parts of Scotland and England, giving our festival a real connection with Celtic Nations in the Northern Hemisphere. It is an event not to be missed.
Being at the crossroads of two major highways, the New England Highway and the Gwydir Highway, Glen Innes is the ideal place for that travel break or to meet family and friends halfway and stay for a few days. Come and visit our beautiful main street where you can stroll through our boutique shops, explore our historic towns heritage buildings, enjoy a great coffee and meal or just grab an ice cream. The CBD area of Glen Innes is increasingly becoming more active as our area continues to grow, there are several different stores and eateries along the main street and a couple of major supermarkets.
If you are looking to just travel in our Local Government Area, visit the township of Glen Innes, the villages of Emmaville, Deepwater, Red Range and Glencoe, and the hamlets of Glen Elgin, Wellingrove, Wytaliba, and Dundee, and I also suggest that stopping at the local hotels at both Emmaville and Deepwater for a light refreshment and a great pub meal will enhance your visit.
For the fisherperson, Murray Cod can be caught in our local river systems and there are also some properties that you can pay to catch and release this beautiful fish. There are also several dams within a leisurely drive for your aquatic ventures.
We also have several farm stays in our Local Government Area where you can sit back and relax in our wonderful climate all year round. Spring and Summer, for those that like the warmer weather, and for those who love the cold, Autumn and Winter is for you, as Glen Innes and the surrounding villages can get flurries of snow during the colder days, when sitting inside your farm stay, near the fire is the perfect place to relax.
Cr Rob Banham
Mayor, Glen Innes Severn Council
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