Four Seasons of Glen Innes Highlands
Glen Innes Highlands features four distinct seasonal changes. In autumn be greeted by the beautiful autumnal tones and picturesque views of golden poplars. As a rule of thumb the best time of the year to view our autumn colours is mid-April. The Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre staff will provide you with an autumn drives map. Our winters feature a dusting of snow and cosy log fires. Picture yourself in one of Glen Innes’ farm stay cottages snuggled up to an open fire place with a glass of red. Glen Innes Highlands are renowned for their air conditioned summers. At our higher altitude take a break from the heat and enjoy exploring our town in the warmer months. Spring in Glen Innes Highlands features a burst of vibrant new life. The World Heritage National parks come to life with fauna while native flora blooms. Don’t miss our very own Gibraltar Waratah flower during these months.
The Glen Innes Highlands is renowned for its unique rock formations, one of the most unusual is Balancing Rock located next to the Stonehenge Recreational Ground. The gigantic boulder of granite rests on a 300 millimetre point amongst other rock formations. During autumn the beautiful poplar trees spread out behind the rock provide the perfect photo opportunity. Balancing Rock is on private property and is about 150 metres from the highway. It is not accessible to the public, but can be viewed from the rest area which is marked with a Balancing Rock sign.
Though Balancing Rock is on private property, just next door there are many interesting rock formations at the Stonehenge Recreational Reserve. Here travellers can picnic or just wander around the magnificent granite rocks. The autumnal colours spread as far as the eye can see at Stonehenge including the famous avenues of Stonehenge Station featuring historic Elm trees and Blairmore with its spectacular planting of Lombardy Poplar.
Travelling south from Glen Innes on the New England Highway start looking right when approximately 5 kilometres from Glen Innes.
- Lindsay Avenue
View the fiery red Pistacia trees on a short drive or stroll through Lindsay Avenue.
- Furracabad Road
To enjoy the autumn splendour a pleasant drive can be taken to the picturesque Furracabad Valley. Drive past the Glen Innes sale yards to see Chinese poplar and continue along Furracabad road to see a range of deciduous trees including Lombardy Poplar, Pin Oak, Claret and Golden Ash and Elm. Follow Furracabad road until it turns into Haymarket Road and continue on the loop to Cherry Tree Road and West Furracabad Road to the Gwydir Highway and back to town.
- Martins Lookout
This view extends over the town where you will be able to sight the spectacular colours dotted throughout the town.
- Glen Innes Showgrounds
The golden colours of Chinese Elm will first strike you when visiting the Showgrounds take in the sights of the vibrant yellow Poplar Trees.
- Grey Street Southern End
The deep burgundy colours of Claret Ash and the spectacular hues of Golden Ash form a remarkable sight during a drive or stroll in Grey Street.
- Meade Street
The deep reds and golds of the Manchurian Pear can be viewed at the eastern end of Meade Street. Young Manchurian Pears have also been planted through the town centre in Grey Street.
- Glen Innes Parklands
View the generations of planting in our pristine parklands and enjoy the brilliant, rich reds of Pin Oak, Red Oak and other deciduous trees. This is a great opportunity to play in the fallen leaves.