At 1072 metres above sea level, Glen Innes Highlands is the highest large town (over 2,500 population) in Australia, with nearby Ben Lomond rising to 1500 metres. The altitude makes for mild summers and bracing winters.
In fact, few places have such distinct seasonal changes as Glen Innes Highlands. Come in autumn and you will be greeted by stately avenues of glistening golden poplars. Come in winter and you will possibly find a dusting of snow. In summer you will find relief. In spring you will find a verdant burst of new life.
Our climate has influenced the crops grown in our fields, the trees and shrubs in our gardens, the flora and fauna in our World Heritage national parks and our food.
Your first decision – and the only difficult one you’ll have to make – is when to visit. Each season is different, but there are some things that are magic no matter when you come.
We suggest you start at the Visitor Information Centre (1), where you can get tips on itineraries, on special events and pick up a copy of our High Country brochure.
People from the world over are drawn to our World Heritage National Parks. Washpool National Park (2) is home to the largest wilderness rainforest in NSW and the world’s tallest stand of majestic coachwood.
In spring, wildflowers burst into life in nearby Gibraltar Range National Park (3).
There’s also Guy Fawkes River National Park (4) off the old Glen Innes – Grafton Road (5), Butterleaf National Park (6) north east of town and Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve (7) south of town.
East of Glencoe (8) is Warra National Park (9). North west of Glen Innes is Kings Plains National Park (10) and further out, Torrington State Conservation Area (11), home to 700 plant species and Thunderbolt’s Lookout.
Mann River Nature Reserve (12) east of Glen Innes offers mountain scenery and Nymboida Power Station (13) to the south west is popular with canoeists.
Glen Innes High Country is home to superb New England products. From hams smoked in-house and local grass fed beef, cakes and breads from our famous 70-year-old bakery, lamb and rosemary pies and Cornish pasties, New England wines and olive oils, local strawberries, tomatoes and potatoes, and deep gold-yolked free range eggs. The Visitor Information Centre (1) staff can guide you to some of our best food producers.
There are numerous parks and private homes that are great examples of cool-climate gardens. You can even buy cool climate plants to take home.
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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. Enter the destination in the second section. Click on ‘Get Directions’. The directions to the destination will then appear below the map.