Inverell: The Sapphire City

Inverell started life as a property on the Macintyre River on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range. The word is of Gaelic origin meaning "meeting place of the swans", from "inver", a meeting place, and "ell", a swan. The area was also known, less romantically, as Green Swamp in the 1850s.

From the time diamonds were discovered here in 1896, mining and fossicking have been popular around Inverell, with professionals and amateurs searching for sapphires, diamonds, topaz, quartz, tourmaline, jelly bean crystals, citrine and grass stone. The Inverell area supplied 80% of the world's sapphires. No wonder Inverell is also known as "The Sapphire City". 

There are quite a few fossickers who return year after year to camp in the bush and search for stones in and around the local creeks. If you prefer not to get your hands dirty, you can buy stones, both rough and cut, in town – as well as get advice on how best to cut any gems you find in the field.

Many people are surprised to learn that Inverell has its own opera company. Opera North West was originally formed to present the annual Opera In The Paddock. The company now presents a broad range of musical programs featuring opera, operetta, musicals, chamber, and orchestral works.

To get a taste of the natural wonder of the region, there are great walking tracks, reserves, and dams in and around Inverell. One of the best places to go exploring is Goonoowigall State Conservation Area. This unique wilderness area is home to 120 species of native birds.  It also houses the remains of an early Chinese settlement.

Locals are proud of Inverell’s strong sense of family and community. Like many towns, Inverell’s younger generation often leaves to pursue education and career opportunities in the big cities. Unlike many towns, a large number of them come back to Inverell to establish businesses and raise a family. The importance of family might explain why so many visitors comment on the warmth of the welcome they receive in Inverell.

No matter the season, you will be greeted with a smile at the meeting place of the swans.

For more information on Inverell visit www.inverell.com.au

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Hotel Resort
Inverell, New South Wales, 2360
Rumbalara Cottage is a fully self-contained two bedroom cottage that sleeps up to six people. The cottage is located on the outskirts of Inverell on ten acres, providing a country experience a few minutes from town. The lounge and dining area open onto
Hotel Resort
Inverell, New South Wales, 2360
Postman's Cottage is a charming heritage-listed, fully self-contained three bedroom home. Originally owned by Colin Ross, the founder and first postman of Inverell, it is one of the town's oldest homes. The cottage is spacious, beautifully renovated, an
Caravan Park
Inverell, New South Wales, 2360
Located 600m east of the Inverell Post Office, on the MacIntyre River, we are centrally located to shops, clubs, sporting facilities and the Showground. Take a stroll along the bitumen walking / bike track from the park into town along the river. A larg
RV Friendly Town
Inverell, New South Wales, 2360
Inverell is located 489 kilometres south-west of Brisbane and 675 kilometres north-west of Sydney. Known as the ‘Sapphire City’, Inverell is popular due to its great country hospitality, beautiful climate, spectacular scenery and wide range of entertain
Caravan Park
Inverell, New South Wales, 2360
Fossickers Rest Tourist Park is situated in a quiet location, away from all main roads and only 3km east of Inverell centre.Fossickers Rest is only a short stroll from the beautiful Lake Inverell Reserve with its fishing, bird watching and BBQ facilitie
Caravan Park
Inverell, New South Wales, 2360
For a relaxing, comfortable stay in Inverell with a great variety of clean, well-maintained cabin accommodation as well as sites for caravans, motor homes and campers, look no further than Sapphire City Caravan Park. Our caravan park offers a wonderful