If it is adventure you are after, Glen Innes Highlands is your destination.
Every bike rider has his or her favourite corner of the New England region. Come cruising up here and you’ll no doubt find your own.
Rainbow trout, Murray cod, yellowbelly and redfin attract keen fishermen in season.
Bird watchers the world over flock to Glen Innes Highlands to catch glimpses of close to 200 exotic, shy and a number of endangered species in our region. Here is the full list of all documented birds in the Gibraltar Range National Park. You can also download Birdwatching in Celtic Country here.
Glen Innes Highlands is part of the most prolific sapphire region in New South Wales and is the world’s most diverse mineral belt. Miners first flocked here in the 1850s seeking gold, then tin and silver. The region’s mining history is captured in Emmaville’s Mining Museum.
Today, fossickers come for sapphires, zircon and emeralds. Quality stones can still be found, especially during the annual Minerama Gem and Jewellery Show.
The World Heritage National Parks attract hikers of all levels, as well as mountain bikers.
So, where to start?
The staff at the Visitor Information Centre (1) can help you plan your Adventure Country Experience, so this would be a good place to start. You will also find more information on the Attractions page of this website.
For bike touring, you can pretty much choose any road in any direction and be guaranteed of a great ride with stunning scenery.
For mountain bikers and hikers, the Gibraltar Range and Washpool World Heritage (2) walk offers an 80km network of scenic trails.
Popular fishing spots include Deepwater (3) for Murray cod, yellowbelly and trout, Uncle Billy’s (4) and Silent Grove (5) near Ben Lomond for dam and lake trout fishing, Beardy Waters (6), Furracabad (7), Wellingrove Creek (8) and Upper Severn (9) for rainbow trout and redfin and Emmaville (10) for Murray cod.
You can fossick for gemstones without leaving town – at Fossicker’s Caravan Park (11) or by buying a bag of wash at the Visitor Information Centre (1). If you want to have a go out in the wilds, the staff will point you to the best locations. These include Reddestone Creek (12), Glencoe (13) for sapphires and zircon, Kookabookra (14) for topaz, quartz crystals, gold, sapphires, and Torrington (15) for beryl, fluorite, aquamarine and emeralds.
For birdwatchers there are plenty of options. Beardy Dam and Woodlands (16), Washpool and Gibraltar Range (2) National Parks, Pye’s Creek (17), Little Llangothlin Lagoon (18), Sinclair Lookout (19), Wellingrove (20), Kings Plains National Park (21) and the Severn River (22) are all rich in birdlife.
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Below is an interactive map. The map shows markers to the various locations mentioned above. Click on the map icon for the destination you wish to visit. A popup description will appear. To get directions, click on the word ‘Directions’. A panel will appear below the map. Enter your location in the first section. The second section is automatically filled out. Click on ‘Get Directions’. The directions to the destination will appear below this.