Celtic Country - New England Tour

5-Day Celtic Country - New England Tour


Price per person: $795.00


Journey to the heart of Country NSW to explore the "Sapphire City" & "Celtic Country" set amidst rolling countryside in the picturesque New England Tablelands. See the Australian Standing Stones, learn about the local gems, admire the historic buildings & picturesque scenery plus more.


Departure Date: 07-Apr-2014
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Highlights

Journey to the heart of Country NSW to explore the "Sapphire City" & "Celtic Country" set amidst rolling countryside in the picturesque New England Tablelands. See the Australian Standing Stones, learn about the local gems, admire the historic buildings & picturesque scenery plus more.


Tour info

Glen Innes is at the heart of Country NSW, set amidst rolling countryside in the picturesque New England Tablelands. A highlight is the Australian Standing Stones, a megalithic array like those around which the ancient Celts danced. 

There unusual stones are unique in the Southern Hemisphere and officially recognised as the national monument to Australia's Celtic pioneers. Nestled in a picturesque valley beside the Macintyre River, historic Inverell is surrounded by gemstone country. 

Inverell and surrounds supply 80% of the world's sapphires, hence the name "Sapphire City". 

Inverell’s proud past is represented by the town centre showcasing beautiful restored buildings, plus the historic Pioneer Village with its authentic buildings and homes.


Tour Highlights Include

  • Spend two nights in Inverell & two nights in Glen Innes 
  • Explore the historic town of Inverell on an interesting guided tour 
  • See gems being cut as well as a range of local sapphires at Billabong Blue Sapphires 
  • Re-live Inverell's proud past and wander through authentic local buildings at the Pioneer Village 
  • Visit the National Transport Museum with over 200 interesting exhibits including a doll & decorated cake display 
  • Enjoy free time to explore the town of Inverell and its local shops 
  • Your experience of Glen Innes is enhanced with a Kilted Tour of the Australian Standing Stones 
  • Be treated to a musical display as you listen to a local piper play authentic compositions
  • Visit the very interesting Land of the Beardies Historic House, one of NSW best folklore museums 
  • Our guide, Dorothy Every, will take us through Stonehenge, the site of Balancing Rock, poised incredibly on a 300mm point 
  • Explore Glencoe and the Red Lion Tavern for a touch o Old England and warm hospitality 
  • Tour the mountain village of Ben Lomond where the railway station, built in 1884, is claimed to be the highest in Australia 
  • Visit Ben Lomond Store, St Paul's Anglican Church (1926), the Catholic Church (1928), War Memorial Hall (1919), Ben Lomond School and Ben Lomond Mountain 
  • Tantalise your taste buds with a tasting of local wines at Wright Robinson Winery 
  • Visit the award wining Silent Grove farmstay, a working sheep and cattle farm 
  • Journey to a romantic past with a guided tour including Emmaville & Deepwater See sheep shearing, paddock and yard dog demonstrations as well as tin panning at Hillview Farm 
  • Learn about the 1880s Ottery tine and arsenic tin mine at Tent Hill 
  • Explore the Emmaville Mining Museum where our guide will explain the significance of the extensive mineral displays