4 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.

 

Day 3: Sapphires, tin & gold

 

This is a 109km loop which takes you from Glen Innes to Emmaville, a 19th century tin mining boom town, then known as Vegetable Creek, with a population of 7000 including 2000 Chinese, it was the birthplace of St John’s Ambulance, where Australia’s first medical benefits fund was launched – and also noted for a legendary black panther.

Emmaville Mining Museum

The museum guide will explain the significance of the extensive mineral displays including the renowned Curnow Collection; view the replica miner’s hut and blacksmith’s shop, more than 200 historical photographs and bottle collections, all the nostalgia of the past in Foley’s general store.

Experience the magic of the Severn River at your lunch venue – Ben’s Falls Retreat. This eclectic, unique restaurant overlooks stunning gorges and cascading water.

Inclusions: local guides, morning tea, 2 course gourmet lunch, entry fee

PLEASE NOTE access to the lunch venue requires mobility and suitable footwear.

Cost: Day 3 – $129 pp
Prices are indicative and are subject to industry variations. Inclusions can be varied to meet your needs.

 

Day 4: Journey to the romantic past

 

This is a 65km round trip to the village of Ben Lomond.
Heading south along the New England Highway, pass through Stonehenge, site of Balancing Rock, poised incredibly on a 300mm point. During autumn, experience the unforgettable sight of gold of the magnificent poplars along this section of your tour and continue through Glencoe.

Ben Lomond – is the mountain village where the railway station, built in 1884, is claimed to be the highest in Australia at 1363m, Ben Lomond store, which had a role in the film Little Boy Lost, St Paul’s Anglican church built in 1926, the Catholic church built in 1928, War Memorial Hall, built in 1919 which houses more than 70 photographs of men and women who enlisted in the village for the two World Wars, Ben Lomond school and then sight Ben Lomond mountain at 1520m.

Take a break at Ben Lomond village for morning tea, appreciate the scenery and more closely .entry-title {margin: 0;}explore the range of historic buildings in the village.

Gourmet picnic hamper lunch.

Afternoon options in Glen Innes

  1. Golf – enjoy an afternoon at the scenic Glen Innes Golf Course – 19th hole a specialty!
    Cost – $14 visitor green fees for 9 holes, buggy hire $30 each (takes 2 people), bring your own clubs.
  2. Bowls – enjoy the beautiful greens at the Glen Innes Bowling Club. Bowls and an instructor are available if required.
    Cost – $5 per person.
  3. Fossicking – try your hand at fossicking and experience the thrill of finding your very own New England sapphire.
    Cost – $20 includes a bag of wash and equipment.
  4. Walking tour – a leisurely afternoon stroll along the historic CBD giving you an opportunity to look more closely at the numerous heritage listed buildings with some great photo opportunities. This (approx.) 2 hour tour will also take you along the Rocky Creek parklands.
    Cost – $20
  5. At your leisure

Return to accommodation on completion of afternoon options.

Inclusions: local guide, morning tea, gourmet picnic lunch
Optional extras: afternoon activities

This tour is available throughout the year.

Cost: Day 4 – $ 80 pp

Total Cost for 4 days – $480 per person

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

Contact us Now to book or allow us to tailor our package especially for you.

To book: call Sheryn – 0408 682 802 OR 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.