Inverell is situated on the western edge of the New England Tablelands and is nestled in the picturesque valley beside the Macintyre River.
The population of Inverell is 11,399 and is comprised of 51.6% females and 48.4% males. There is an Indigenous population of 812 (7.1%) and the median age is 40.
Inverell is located on the Gwydir Highway on the western slopes of the Northern Tablelands. Inverell is situated 455kms north of Sydney, 318kms south west of Brisbane and 97kms north west of Armidale.
Inverell is renowned for its proud pioneering history, its beautiful restored buildings, and the production of many fine gemstones from which Inverell has earned the epithet of the ‘Sapphire City’.
The closest airport to Inverell is Armidale, which is a 90 minute drive. Qantaslink offers daily return flights from Armidale to Sydney. Regional Airlines (REX) also delivers daily return flights from Armidale to Sydney, except for Thursdays.
The major sources of employment in Inverell are:
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Education and Training
- Accommodation and Food Services
Inverell District Hospital is a 49 bed district hospital which is serviced by a comprehensive range of medical services and is supported by a range of visiting specialists. On-site services include emergency, pre admission clinic for maternity, palliative care, gynaecology, obstetrics, outpatients, radiology, pathology, physiotherapy, rehabilitation unit, chemotherapy, Red Cross Blood Bank (monthly), pain clinic (monthly), occupational therapy, renal dialysis (3 times per week), operating theatre, dental service, patient transport and Aboriginal liaison services.
Inverell Hospital is connected to Tamworth Base Hospital with Tele-health videoconferencing.
Inverell Medical Centre
Within Inverell there are two public primary schools, one Catholic School (K-12) and two secondary high schools
For young families the Inverell region offers options suitable for children from 6 weeks to school aged, for occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school. For more information on child care facilities, please click here
In Inverell you can usually park outside the shop that you are wanting to visit, find what you’re looking for and have personal, country service. Apart from being a service centre to the outlying rural sector, Inverell provides residents with all major services as well as many national retail chains operate within the town, adding to the diverse retail mix.
Inverell has Woolworths, Coles and IGA supermarkets, Big W, Best and Less, Target Country, Bunnings Warehouse and Harvey Norman. Whether it is cool teenage fashion, elegant women’s fashion or classic men’s clothing, all fashion needs are stylishly catered for. Being the Sapphire City, Inverell also has a great selection of jewellers.
Good coffee is available at the many cafes and restaurants and Inverell has an abundance of great quality of local produce, which enhances the flavour of any meal whether it’s fining dining or hearty pub fare, you are able to choose from many dining options.
There are a number of places of worship available in Inverell including Anglican, Apostolic Church, Australian Christian Church, Baptist, Catholic, Christian Life Centre, Christian Outreach Centre, Kingdom Hall, Presbyterian and Uniting.
As a regional centre, there is a lot on offer in Inverell ranging from sporting and recreation clubs to music and art events and much more. Inverell hosts annual events, such as the Sapphire City Festival, the Grafton to Inverell road cycling race (an internationally recognised event) and Opera in the Paddock.
Prospecting is a relatively inexpensive activity and there are several fossicking parks that will provide all the equipment you will need and show you the technique involved in sleuthing for sapphires.
Copeton Dam is a massive body of water that, when it’s full, is three times the size of Sydney Harbour and for water sport enthusiast the dam is perfect for water skiing, sailing, kayaking and is a fisherman’s paradise and Copeton Dam State park is a 900 hectare recreational and adventure playground.
If you love the great outdoors there is Kwiambal National Park, which have limestone caves, Goonoowigall State Conservation Area, Lake Inverell, King Plains National Park and Barayamal National Park.
There are also scenic drives to take, museums and art galleries to visit as well as cellar doors and olive groves or the weekly markets.