Paul Harmon, Inverell Business Owner and Mayor
I get asked on a regular basis why Inverell is such a wonderful place to live and to visit. The only difficulty in answering that question is where to begin.
Inverell is renowned as the Sapphire City and is truly a gem in the crown of the New England region.
Our community is generous and welcoming, and the local business houses provide outstanding and friendly customer service.
I have the pleasure of speaking with a number of visitors to the district, who delight in telling me what a wonderful community we have and how helpful and friendly the people are. It makes it very easy for me to sell the benefits of the Shire when the community conduct themselves in such a positive light.
Inverell is the perfect weekend destination and to coin a phrase, it has something for everyone. From visiting our diverse range of attractions, to searching for a beautiful Inverell sapphire, I am certain that you will enjoy a visit to our district from beginning to end.
On arriving in Inverell, the first port of call should be our wonderful Tourism Complex in Campbell Street, arguably one of the best in Australia. Here the friendly staff will provide you with all the information you need and answer any questions you may have. There really is no better way to discover the ins and outs of a community than to speak to local people who are passionate about their community.
When you take a wander or a drive through our main streets, you will notice the beautiful heritage facades on most of our buildings and the array of boutique stores housed within that Inverell has become well known for. You will have an enjoyable day availing yourself of the excellent treats and delicious coffee on offer at our many cafés, strolling through the art galleries and relaxing with some retail therapy. Inverell’s CBD is unique and inviting. A morning’s shopping will bring you back time and time again. The girls (and guys) can pamper themselves at spots like the newly opened Day Spa at Blair Athol. This magnificent turn of the century homestead has always been popular with visitors, and now the grounds house a spectacular Day Spa reminiscent of the Roman Baths from days of old. My wife, Anna, and I have been several times since it opened, and I can tell you from personal experience that the mineral pool does wonders. It is the perfect location to unwind, offering wellness options to help you relax and rejuvenate.
Not only do we have excellent eateries and fantastic shopping, but we have a multitude of attractions and events for the whole family. If you love history, then the National Transport Museum and Pioneer Village are a must see. Copeton Dam is a fisherman’s paradise, being the only inland waterway in NSW where there is no closed season on Murray Cod. The size of some of the fish is incredible. There are still plenty of Inverell Sapphires to be found at the various fossicking locations, or the local jewellery stores stock beautiful specimens. We have four art galleries, which house a diverse cross-section of art to suit all tastes. Our waterways, National Parks and wilderness areas all have spectacular scenery. You will find that no matter what you choose to do, you will be made to feel welcome wherever you go.
Inverell is a vibrant community with a proactive council who continues to develop strategies to support and enhance all facets of the Shire. You will find that a day visit is not enough. Come and stay; you won’t be disappointed.