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Inverell has a host of things for the visitor and local alike. Internationally it is known for its fine sapphires and much of the town's tourism centres on the sapphire industry. People may fossick for gems in a number of places throughout the district.
The town is steeped in early Australian history and a tour of Inverell will reveal many of its buildings, particularly those of the late 19th Century era. For those interested in the history of the town, a visit to the Bicentennial Monument will reveal a pictorial history of the district on the wall tablets.
View of Pioneer Village, a major attraction in Inverell
The Inverell Tourist Information Centre is located in the Main Bridge in Campbell Street (along with the Mining Museum) and can be contacted on (02) 6728 8161
Some of the places to visit whilst in Inverell are listed below:
The Sapphire IndustryAs a major attraction to the area, a visit to the Inverell Lapidary Club display next to the Tourism Centre in Campbell Street is essential. Find out about the industry and where the fossicking reserves are to be found.
Some of the fossicking reserves (such as the DeJon Sapphire Centre) are commercial enterprises, whilst a free site is to be found at the Nullamana Fossicking Reserve
The Great Inland Fishing FestivalThis is held during January each year and runs over a 9 day period. The fishing competition takes place in the many water ways around the district including Copeton Dam, the Gwydir River, the Macintyre River and Pindari Dam. The festival is designed as a family affair and daily reports are heard over 2NZ, the local radio station
In addition to the fishing, art exhibitions, busking competitions, yabbie racing, duck races, tagged fish and a special dinner are a part of the festival. Details can be obtained form the Tourism Centre.
The Inverell Art GalleryLocated in Butler Hall in Evans Street, it is on the edge of the CBD just behind the Inverell Town Hall. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm and houses a permanent collection of original and creative works. The gallery also includes the original School of Arts building.
The gallery also features at least three special exhibitions each year from a range of artists. The gallery also has a range of handmade articles for sale and regularly runs classes and workshops in a range of skills.
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