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Love jumping in the car and seeing where the road will take you? With a myriad of iconic routes to pick from, New England is the touring destination for you.

Wind along the picturesque Waterfall Way and through World Heritage listed national parks to the most spectacular gorges, waterfalls, crystal clear streams and views in the region.

On Tourist Drive 19 from Uralla, the elm tree-lined approach to the photogenic vine-covered Gostwyck Chapel remarkably resembles the English countryside the region was named after. From there, the route passes over a narrow wooden bridge, transporting you straight back into the Australian bush, past historic Deeargee Station's huge 19th-century wool shed and eventually to the Dangar's Gorge and Falls turnoff. 

Travel the pioneer trail on Tourist Drive 21 from Uralla, over the hills to the old Bendemeer coach stop and the tiny hamlet of Woolbrook, where you can fish for trout in the crystal clear waters of the McDonald River. The route then winds through Walcha, the first town settled in the region (early 1800s) - where you can gaze upon the Open Air Gallery or pop out to Apsley and Tia Falls - and then head back along Thunderbolt's Way to Uralla.

Another great drive is named the Best of New England for good reason. From Armidale, Tourist Drive 17 winds along the picturesque Waterfall Way and through World Heritage-listed national parks to the most spectacular gorges, waterfalls, crystal clear streams and views in the region. Highlights of this expedition include Gara Gorge and Wollomombi Falls in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Point Lookout in the New England National Park, massive boulders in the Cathedral Rock National Park and Ebor Falls. 

From Glen Innes, Tour Drive 11 takes you on sensational journey through the past, into the land of pioneers, historic villages, fishing and fossicking areas and wild country with stunning rock formations. Emmaville and Torrington were once thriving tin mining towns. Be sure to stop at the Emmaville Mining Museum and to view relics of mining at Tent Hill and Torrington. Weird rock formations, like Mystery Rockface and Thunderbolt’s Lookout are features of the 30,000ha Torrington State Recreation Area – with streams, waterfalls and rare beautiful flora. 

Climbing through rolling farmland and past awe-inspiring granite formations, the scenic Mount Mackenzie Drive gives you a bird’s eye view over Tenterfield and beyond. It gives you an opportunity to view some of the unusual granite outcrops which can be found throughout the district. These are quite spectacular and many unique formations can be seen, such as the Doctor’s Nose, Small Bald Rock, Draining Rock and the Mole River District.

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Things To Do

Autumn Drives - Glen Innes Highlands

Glen Innes Highlands features four distinct seasonal changes. In autumn be greeted by the beautiful autumnal tones and picturesque views of golden poplars. As a rule of thumb the best time of the year to view our autumn colours is mid-April. The Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre staff will provide you with an autumn drives map. Our winters feature a dusting of snow and cosy log fires. Picture yourself in one of Glen Innes’ farm stay cottages snuggled up to an open fire place with a glass of red. Glen Innes Highlands are renowned for their air conditioned summers. At our higher altitude take a break from the heat and enjoy exploring our town in the warmer months. Spring in Glen Innes Highlands features a burst of vibrant new life. The World Heritage National parks come to life with fauna while native flora blooms. Don’t miss our very own Gibraltar Waratah flower during these months. Stonehenge The Glen Innes Highlands is renowned for its unique rock formations, one of the most unusual is Balancing Rock located next to the Stonehenge Recreational Ground. The gigantic boulder of granite rests on a 300 millimetre point amongst other rock formations. During autumn the beautiful poplar trees spread out behind the rock provide the perfect photo opportunity. Balancing Rock is on private property and is about 150 metres from the highway. It is not accessible to the public, but can be viewed from the rest area which is marked with a Balancing Rock sign. Though Balancing Rock is on private property, just next door there are many interesting rock formations at the Stonehenge Recreational Reserve. Here travellers can picnic or just wander around the magnificent granite rocks. The autumnal colours spread as far as the eye can see at Stonehenge including the famous avenues of Stonehenge Station featuring historic Elm trees and Blairmore with its spectacular planting of Lombardy Poplar. Travelling south from Glen Innes on the New England Highway start looking right when approximately 5 kilometres from Glen Innes. Lindsay Avenue View the fiery red Pistacia trees on a short drive or stroll through Lindsay Avenue. Furracabad Road To enjoy the autumn splendour a pleasant drive can be taken to the picturesque Furracabad Valley. Drive past the Glen Innes sale yards to see Chinese poplar and continue along Furracabad road to see a range of deciduous trees including Lombardy Poplar, Pin Oak, Claret and Golden Ash and Elm. Follow Furracabad road until it turns into Haymarket Road and continue on the loop to Cherry Tree Road and back to Furracabad Road into town. Martins Lookout This view extends over the town where you will be able to sight the spectacular colours dotted throughout the town. Glen Innes Showgrounds The golden colours of Chinese Elm will first strike you when visiting the Showgrounds take in the sights of the vibrant yellow Poplar Trees. Grey Street Southern End The deep burgundy colours of Claret Ash and the spectacular hues of Golden Ash form a remarkable sight during a drive or stroll in Grey Street. Meade Street The deep reds and golds of the Manchurian Pear can be viewed at the eastern end of Meade Street. Young Manchurian Pears have also been planted through the town centre in Grey Street.