Everyone must visit New England.
Have a holiday inland. The weather on on the Northern
Tablelands is delightful for three seasons and cool for the
If you are on the coast, make a
round trip up the Waterfall Way to New England and then back to
the coast. Or just come from anywhere to New England. Stay
awhile at Dorrigo, Ebor and Armidale. There is plenty to see in
Uralla and Walcha. Go north from Armidale to Guyra and Glen
Innes then go to the coast along the World Heritage Way.
You have to travel to the Old World to see anything
like them – the Australian Standing Stones in Glen Innes, heart
of Celtic Country.
The Stones, unique in the southern hemisphere, are
the official national monument to Australia’s Celtic pioneers.
They’re the venue for the annual Australian Celtic
Festival, a signature event on the national entertainment
calendar, drawing clans, national groups, dancers, artists and
spectators from across Australia - and as far as Britain.
They are the venue, too, for summer and winter
solstice celebrations. A comprehensive guide to the Stones is
available at the Visitor Information centre.
Celtic Country’s distinctive seasons, unlike
so much of the rest of Australia, also have immense appeal - naturally
air-conditioned summers, log-fire winters, with occasional snow, golden
autumns, dazzling springs.
Glen Innes, 1062m in the New England Tablelands, is
strategically located at the intersection of the New England and
Gwydir Highways, four hours from Brisbane, four and a half from the
Gold Coast, two and a half from Coffs Harbour, seven from Sydney.
Celtic Country rightfully claims it has something for
everyone, for its:
off point for the World Heritage national parks of Washpool and
Gibraltar Range, a wide range of other national parks and nature
in history with a charming colonial CBD streetscape, Heritage
buildings and superb folk museum, Land of the Beardies History House
with Aboriginal artworks and artefacts displayed at Cooramah
Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
centre of fine wool, lamb and beef production with picturesque
rural villages like Deepwater and Emmaville.
too, for year-round festivals and events such as the mineral and
gem show Minerama, Land of the Beardies Festival, marking local
history, Gourmet in the Glen, celebrating regional foods and
wines, and wide-ranging country events.
and culture flourish – including a
fledgling tertiary centre.
Accommodation is wide ranging, catering
for all budgets, from luxury to economy.
Places to see:
Everyone must go to the Standing Stones which are in Centennial
Parklands. Adjacent is Crofter's Cottage serving delicious
Celtic and Australian teas, tartan wear, Celtic gifts and
jewellery. Visit Leyland House, at 141 Church Street. Phone (02)
6732 2047. The Photo-graphic Art Gallery
collection depicts Mal and Laraine Leyland's amazing life.
Visitors must see The Land of the Beardies History House the
corner of Ferguson St and West Ave. There are 10,000 items in 25
rooms showcasing the district's history and a display of
agricultural machinery. Open daily. For recreation and meals go to
the Glen Innes and District Services Club at the corner of Grey
and Lang Sts. Phone 6732 1355 Emmaville and Deepwater Make a day
trip to Deepwater and come back via historic Emmaville, 45 km
north west of Glen Innes. Just take the New England Highway
north to Deepwater.
DEEPWATER: If you are
visiting the town or just passing through, you’ll always find a
warm and friendly welcome from the ladies at the Blue Belle Café
on the Highway. Word of mouth recommendation brings travellers
there each day to experience its unique charm. Phone 02 6734
5477. Open daily (except Sunday) from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. Enjoy
meals and refreshments at the Deep-water Inn on the New England
Highway at the northern end of town. This historic hotel dates
from 1865 and was once an old Cobb and Co coach halt. It now
offers Country Hotel style accommodation and serves excel-lent
lunches and dinners. You’ll also get good advice about local
fishing. Phone 02 6734 5331. If you are looking for restful
gracious accommodation in tranquil surroundings, the ideal place
is Whynot, a retreat at Stannum, 15 km northwest of Deepwater on
the Torrington Road. All meals are supplied. Have brunch with
the deer and enjoy quadbike tours of Activities also include
bush walking, fishing and bird watching. Bookings are essential.
Phone 02 6734 6338.
EMMAVILLE: Visit the
Emmaville Mining Museum in Moore St. Open Fri to Tues 10 am to 4
pm. Phone 6734 7025. See mineral collections, the photograph
collection and the historic Foley's Store. While exploring
Emmaville go to the Club Hotel at the corner of Irby and
O'Donnell Sts for refreshments and meals. Lunch 12 to 2 pm.
Dinner 6 to 8 pm. Phone 6734 7304 After your holiday in Glen
Innes, take the scenic World Heritage Way to Grafton.
Information available from NSW National Parks and Wildlife
Service, Glen Innes. Phone 6732 5133.