Located at the junction of the New England and Gwydir Highways is the New South Wales town of Glen Innes. It is often referred to as “Celtic Country” because of its Scottish settlers and its resemblance to the Scottish countryside.
The town is a popular tourist destination amongst families, groups, couples and even individuals travelling alone, as there is literally something for everyone. It is also a common stopover for those on their way to Queensland.
Many people choose motel accommodation in Glen Innes because the Australian Celtic Festival is held in the town each year. Spread out over 4 days, some of the festival highlights include: traditional singing and dancing, a street parade, the Celtic Dog Championships, traditional kirking of the tartans, massed pipe bands, displays and workshops, storytelling, and a poet’s breakfast.
Tourists also flock to the area to try their hand at fossicking, as the town is set in the most prolific sapphire region of country NSW – no license required! Other minerals include quartz, bismuth, wolfram, beryl, topaz, zircon, garnet and arsenopyrite. If travelling when the Minerama Fossicking, Gem & Jewellery Show is on, be sure to get in early for budget motels in Glen Innes.
Most hotels in Glen Innes will place you close by to major arterials, the main shopping precinct, and restaurants, as well as many of the attractions that the area has to offer. Don’t arrive only to find your accommodation out of town!
When it comes to cheap accommodation in Glen Innes, we can help you choose a location that best meets your needs. ARRA Hotels provide affordable motels that don’t sacrifice on the quality or comfort of your experience.
Whether you are travelling with family, friends, a significant other or by yourself, you are sure to find exactly what you’re looking for. A hotel in Glen Innes is the perfect way to unwind and relax, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Due to its location, most people arrive in the town via road. It is around 5 hours drive from Brisbane, 4 and a half hours drive from the Gold Coast, 8 hours drive from Sydney, 15 hours drive from Melbourne, 2 and a half hours drive from Tamworth, 2 hours drive from Grafton and 3 hours drive from Coffs Harbour.
It is also possible to travel to motels in Glen Innes via train or coach – NSW Trainlink runs daily services to and from Sydney, regular services to and from Brisbane, and regular services from Moree and Grafton.
Should you wish to get around town without the aid of a car, you should be able to walk or get a taxi to most places. If you wish to travel extensively outside of town, it is recommended that you hire a car or bring your own.
There are so many attractions around hotels in Glen Innes that we almost don’t know where to start! Children and adults of all ages will find something to enjoy, regardless of the time of year you are travelling.
Besides the Celtic Festival, the town is known for holding a number of events that draw tourists every year. The Minerama Fossicking, Gem & Jewelery Show is held on the second weekend of March each year. The annual Pastoral and Agricultural Show exhibits farm produce, arts and crafts, animals and more!
The Australian Standing Stones, which pay tribute to the Celtic heritage of early settlers, are also worth a look. The stones are also recognised by the Celtic Council of Australia as the national gathering point for descendants and clans.
There is a multitude of wildlife reserves in the area – including Washpool National Park, Gibraltar Range, Guy Fawkes River National Park, Mann River Nature Reserve, Kings Plains National Park, Capoompeta National Park and Little Llangothlin National Park – providing plenty of places to take a walk or picnic.
If you’re interested in the history of the area, we recommend paying a visit to Land of the Beardies History House Museum & Research Centre and the Emmaville Mining Museum. Both are rich with the history of the region.
Should your hotel in Glen Innes not provide cooking facilities, we encourage you to enjoy the restaurants in the area, many of which provide hearty country fare that is sure to satisfy your appetite after a long day of exploring!