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Glen Innes

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Glen Innes is known as Celtic Country, because of its Scottish pioneers, having one of Australia's coldest climates and its green countryside suggestive of the Scottish highlands.

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Location

Located on the Northern Tablelands, Glen Innes is 600 km (nearly 8 hr drive) from Sydney. It is 98 km (70 min drive) from Armidale and 160 km (about 2 hours drive) from the coastal city of Grafton.

Glen Innes is the home of the Australian Standing Stones, the national monument acknowledging the contribution to Australian culture made by people from the Celtic nations, the Australian Celtic Festival is celebrated at the stones every May.

How to get there

Armidale Airport is the closest regional airport (just over an hour south of Glen Innes). Armidale Airport is serviced by two airlines: Regional Express (REX) and Qantas who provide regular flights to Sydney.

NSW TrainLink provides a daily return service from Armidale to Sydney.

Population

The population of Glen Innes is more than 6000 people, their median age is 46 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 7% of the population.

Glen Innes is located within the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, this Health Planning Compass provides an overview of community health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

Glen Innes Hospital is a 32-bed public hospital it has an emergency department, paediatric, obstetrics, palliative care, community nursing, and child and family health services. Co-located with the hospital is a community health centre.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Glen Innes.

Accredited GP practices

  • East Avenue Medical Centre

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing residents of Glen Innes are: aged care residential services, takeaway food services, retail, local government administration and hospitals.
  • Education

Glen Innes has three primary schools and a secondary school as well as a Campus of TAFE New England.
  • Childcare

Glen Innes childcare services include occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school services.
  • Shopping

Many national chains are present in Glen Innes including Woolworths and Coles supermarkets, Target, and Sportspower as well as a variety of specialty and boutique stores. Armidale (just over 60 min drive from Glen Innes) features two large shopping precincts and offers most of the well-known national chains including Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Big W, Kmart, Target Country, Harvey Norman, Bing Lee and Spotlight.
  • Places of worship

Places of worship in Glen Innes include Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Christian Life Centre, Glen Innes Corps, Seventh Day Adventist and Uniting churches. Armidale (just over an hour to the south) has a mosque which is located in the grounds of the University of New England and also a Buddhist Centre.
  • Points of interest

Glen Innes offers an array of natural, heritage and cultural attractions from World Heritage National Parks, the unique Australian Standing Stones, Stonewoman Aboriginal Area, to being part of the Country Art Escapes Regional Art Trail. Glen Innes hosts the annual Minerama Fossicking and Gem Show, the Australian Celtic Festival, Glen Innes Show and Outlandish. A full listing of events is available from the Glen Innes events calendar.
  • Sporting activities

Sporting clubs and teams in Glen Innes include: golf, rugby league, rugby union, soccer, bowls, tennis, netball, basketball, cricket, shooting and sheepdog trials. The Glen Innes Sports Hub provides contact details for a range of sporting clubs and teams.
  • Community groups and activities

There are many community groups and volunteer organisations in Glen Innes including Toastmasters, Landcare, Glen Innes Writers Group, and the local community radio station. A listing of groups and contact numbers is available from the Celtic Informer.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Glen Innes. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Glen Innes Severn Council, Glen Innes whats on, Glen Innes Examiner and Glen Innes buy swap or sell.