2 Day – Highland Highlights

Day 1: Kilted Heritage tour


A ‘kilted’ guide will meet you at the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre and travel with you around the beautiful Heritage main street where you will find over 20 heritage listed buildings and the stunning Glen Innes Parklands.
From the Royal Hotel built c1860 and holding the first liquor licence in NSW, the magnificent basalt stone courthouse built in1873 – that was just a year after the Adelaide – Darwin Overland Telegraph was completed and 7 years before the first Edison-Bell telephone was installed in Sydney to the impressive buildings at the southern end of Grey Street built 5 and 6 years after the hanging of Ned Kelly – the CBD precinct of Glen Innes gives a glimpse of a rich and diverse history reflecting many architectural features and styles since the mid 1800’s.

Land of the Beardies History House.

The Land of the Beardies History House is renowned as one of the best folklore museums in NSW, housed in the former Glen Innes Hospital building, showcasing our history from a pioneer’s slab hut, Victorian apparel and textiles dating back to 1860 to outstanding exhibits focusing on the wars, Celtic memorabilia and farm machinery.
The archives contain more than 125,000 district family names and businesses with more than 10,000 photos.

On departure from the History House, your tour will proceed to the Australian Standing Stones, the national monument to Australia’s Celtic pioneers. The Australian Standing Stones are located to the east of the CBD in the Centennial Parklands overlooking Glen Innes.
Your guide will give the group a personal talk on the history, symbolism and meaning of the only solar-aligned, megalithic stone circle – a working calendar – built anywhere in the world for more than 3000 years.

Lunch at Crofter’s Cottage. The Crofter’s Cottage is a replica ‘taigh dubh (tie doo)’ or black house built at the edge of the Standing Stones. It was inspired by a taigh dubh that survived the 1746 Battle of Culloden.

Gawura Gallery

The home of internationally acclaimed Aboriginal Artist, Lloyd Gawura Hornsby.

Your afternoon includes a cultural tour through the gallery, a talk from Lloyd Gawura Hornsby, afternoon tea and a workshop facilitated by Lloyd – no experience or talent necessary!

Inclusions: local guide, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, entry fees, workshop materials, cultural tour of the Gallery, souvenir bag.

Cost: Day 1 – $128 pp

Prices are indicative and are subject to industry variations. Inclusions can be varied to meet your needs.


Day 2: Transported through time


Today, your 134 km round trip heads west along the Gwydir Highway to the Pioneer Village at Inverell. Travel past 21st century renewable energy windfarms and be transported back to the 19th century at the Pioneer Village, Inverell.

Approximately 16 kms west of Glen Innes, as you descend the Waterloo Range you will begin to see the wind turbines of the Whiterock Windfarm on the southern side of the highway. There are 75 turbines in the first stage and at the time of its construction, they were the biggest to be built in the world. To the north of the highway, is the Sapphire windfarm with slightly larger turbines than Whiterock. Both wind farms are constructing solar farms.

Pioneer Village

The authentic buildings of the village have been collected from the surrounding districts and represent the lifestyle and pioneering spirit of our forebears.
Highlights include the Grove Homestead dating back to 1840, the Goonoowigall School established in 1887 and Paddy’s Pub built in 1874.

National Transport Museum

The National Transport Museum has over 120 vehicle exhibits, ranging from Vintage, Veteran, Classic and Motorcycles. Some of the vehicles on display include a 1906 Dayton (believed to be the only one left worldwide), 1912 Renault, various Holdens and Fords including GT Falcons, 1926 Diana, 1929 Packard, and wide range of Chev’s just to name a few.

Wood Turner

Local craftsman, Rob Day at New England Wood Turning delights in sharing his skill. Enjoy his demonstration.

Inclusions: local guide, morning and afternoon tea, gourmet picnic hamper, entry fees, wood turning demonstration.

Cost: Day 2 – $129 pp
Prices are indicative and are subject to industry variations. Inclusions can be varied to meet your needs.

To book: call Judi – 0409 322 026 or send an enquiry:

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Refunds: A cancellation fee of 17.5% will apply up to 7 days prior to the scheduled tour. NO refunds within 7 days of the scheduled tour.