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Inverell

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New England/Northwest | North Eastern NSW

Inverell, located in an attractive valley beside the Macintyre River, is known as the Sapphire City because of the sapphires found throughout the local area.

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Location

Inverell is located 570 km (6 hr 45 min drive) north of Sydney, 430 km (5 hr drive) south west of Brisbane and 130 km (90 min drive) north west of Armidale.

Inverell is within a fertile agricultural region which produces crops, including wheat, barley and oats. Tin, sapphires, zircons and industrial diamonds are also mined locally.

How to get there

Inverell Airport is located 17km (20 min drive) from the town centre, it is serviced by Fly Corporate who provide flights to Brisbane.

Armidale Airport is the closest airport (90 min drive) for flights to Sydney, it is serviced by Regional Express (REX) and Qantas who provide regular flights.

NSW TrainLink provides a daily service between Armidale and Sydney.

Population

The population of Inverell is more than 11,500 people, their median age is 41 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 10% of the population.

Inverell 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

Inverell Health Service is a 52-bed public hospital. On-site services include an emergency department, day surgery, palliative care, maternity, paediatric and renal dialysis services. Visiting medical specialists provide a range of services including gynaecology/ obstetrics, ophthalmology and nephrology.
There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Inverell.

Accredited GP practices

  • Armajun Aboriginal Medical Service
  • Inverell Medical Centre

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing residents of Inverell are: meat processing, aged care residential services, retail, secondary education and local government administration.
  • Childcare

For young families Inverell offers childcare options for occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school.
  • Shopping

As a service centre to the surrounding areas, many national retail chains operate from Inverell including Woolworths, Coles and IGA supermarkets, Big W, Best and Less, Target Country, Bunnings Warehouse and Harvey Norman. A good range of specialty and boutique stores, cafes and restaurants operate in Inverell.
  • Places of worship

There are a number of places of worship available in Inverell including Anglican, Assemblies of God, Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian and Uniting churches. Additional places of worship including a mosque and a Buddhist centre are located in Armidale, a 90 min drive from Inverell.
  • Points of interest

Things to do in Inverell include museums and art galleries, fossicking, and regular farmers and food markets. Nearby Copeton Dam is popular for water skiing, sailing, kayaking and fishing, and the surrounding State Park is also popular for recreational activities. There are also nearby national parks and state conservation areas to enjoy a range of outdoor activities. Inverell hosts annual events, such as the Sapphire City Festival, the Grafton to Inverell road cycling race and Opera in the Paddock.
  • Sporting activities

There is a range of sporting facilities, sporting clubs and teams in Inverell including archery, basketball, bushwalking, cricket, cycling, fishing, golf, hockey, martial arts, netball, rugby league, soccer and swimming. A listing of groups and their contact details are available at Inverell Community Directory.  
  • Community groups and activities

In Inverell community groups and volunteer organisations include Inverell Art Society, Inverell Cultural Group, Model Aircraft Club, Sapphire City Motor Sports Club, Apex Club of Inverell and Inverell Lions Club. A listing of groups and their contact details are available at Inverell Community Directory.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Inverell. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Tourism Inverell, Inverell Times, Inverell Shire Council, Inverell - Be In It and Inverell Shire Council