6.4 out of 10

Glen Innes

Ranked 6th best suburb in Northern
-29.7539056918294 151.684787790633
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Parking
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Singles

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Glen Innes a positive experience for us"

My wife and I bought a property in Glen Innes three years ago now. Our experience with the town has been generally positive. The neighbours are friendly and look out for us and our property if we are away. The locals are welcoming and friendly. The climate is wonderful, and the life style very laid-back and enjoyable. Easy access to national parks, fishing spots and gem fossiking.

It is a small town of just over 6000 people, but has adequate shopping and dining out options for us. Property prices are very affordable, and good rentals seem to be in demand.

We are at retirement age and so are not looking for work in the area, I think it would be a bit short sighted to move in and expect to find "your kind" of work here in the short term. However, I believe hospitality and service industry jobs are on the increase.

School kids seem well catered for. Not too many options for youth around town, so there is an element of anti-social behaviour apparent at times.

I recommend the town. However, don't expect all the retail, employment and medical facilities found in larger centres.
Pros
  • Reasonable property prices
  • Beautiful Location
  • Fantastic historical buildings
  • Great Climate
  • Celtric Country
  • Historic Standing Stones
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
Louise Frare
Louise Frare We are thinking of moving to Glen Innes. What groups, art, craft etc are there?
Apr 30, 2017
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"If you are new to Glen Innes dont ever expect to become a local"

Saddly my first review is not a positive one. For 12 months before we moved here my partner and I visited regulary, We found the town beautiful and the people always friendly, with a happy smile and a wave as you pass. We decided this is the place for us to spend our last working years and retirement. So my partner gained employment here and we moved, all excited about our new life. Well since we have become residence( see I dont use the word local because we have been told on many occasions we would never be locals) We discovered the only way he gained employment because the owner of the business that did employ him was not a local himself. I have applied for position after position that I have been more than qualified for only to find the locals get first preference. It really is such a sad state when it is us new comers who keep this town thriving, we bring with us new skills and all we want in return is a little acceptance. The town of Glen Innes itself is beautiful, the climate is magnificant and tourists are treated so well, but god forbid you try to become a local.
Is there a doctor in the house, Well not in Glen Innes, Dont get me wrong there is 5 practising doctors in this town. But none are taking new patients. And the hospital actually flies a doctor from Sydney for the weekend. I was told by A & E dept at the hospital to either drive to Guyra or Inverell to see a doctor. Maybe it really time for the NSW health dept to do something about the lack of Medical facilities in rural areas,
Pros
  • Beautiful Location
  • Great Climate
  • Fantastic historical buildings
Cons
  • Locals attitudes to new comers
  • Local Doctors do not take new patients
Recommended for
  • Tourists
Treesnleaves
Treesnleaves That is sad, usually country folk are nothing like you have described but at least you are honest.
2yrs+
dunmovin
dunmovin Adam I absolutely agree with you, We have lived in the country most of our life. As I said when we holidayed here it was fantastic. We would stay at the Craigieburn Tourist park, They were great , the managers couldnt do enough for you.We have travelled most of Australia and Craigieburn is one of the best tourist parks ever.The friendliness shown to us on holidays was our expectation that it would be the same when we moved here. Saddly we were wrong, I have spoken to other new comers to the town and all have said they have been treated the same. We have been here a year now . The only way for me to gain employment was to travel to another town daily, a town with a completely different attitude thank goodness. I dont want to scare people off Glen Innes I still think it is beautiful and a safe place to live. I just want to make new comers aware of the locals attitude.
2yrs+
liliandukovski
liliandukovski This has been very revealing and I think its fantastic that we can get this sort of information electronically with just a little bit of research. That sort of attitude may ruin the town (deservedly so?) and indeed create an attitude towards it. We attended the Rosehill Expose for the regional areas today and the ladies could not have been more affable so interesting to get this sort of perspective, but it could be so negatively impactful to someone who thought it was a good idea to move there. Locals and council need to look at themselves closer, but more importantly, why are you bothering with displaying at Rosehill? Its so good that the real Glen Innes has been revealed.
2yrs+
lmiller
lmiller I guess everyone has a varied experience in towns. It is sad you have had a bad experience.
2yrs+
Tess
Tess This is really disappointing we have friends who were seriously looking at moving to Glen Innes to retire. My friend has a long term medical problem so if the doctors wont take new patients this is oviously going to cause major issues. Dunmoving can i ask what the town is you found where they are accepting of new folk and are there any doctors there ? Dog owners are there any tick issues in the area please ?
2yrs+
dunmovin
dunmovin Hi Tess, well I guess Guyra would be a good place for your friends as they at least have doctors taking new patients, and for more serious medical conditions they would not be far from Armidale. Sadly to say being into our 2nd year in Glen Innes my opinion of the place hasnt changed much, Still no local doctors taking new patients, and now a local private enterprise " New England Nuclear Energy" is trying to build a nuclear power station here, they are trying to get the 1986 NSW Uranium mining and Nuclear act changed. They appearently only need just over another 2,500 signitures. The write up in the local paper made out that if you opposed their proposal you were not a thinking person, Well I am a thinking person and I certainly dont want a Nuclear anything in my back yard. Can you imagine the health risks the drop in the property market and god help us if it all went wrong. This all seems to be happening in silence. But it did make the local Glen Innes paper a few months back.
2yrs+
Tess
Tess Oh my goodness ! Thank you dunmovin ! well that rights Glen Innes well and truly off the list if there is "any" chance of a Nuclear Power station going in ! Just look at Fukashima ! Oh well back to the drawing board so to speak shame Glen Innes has many things going for it but oviously a lot of BAD things as well
2yrs+
VinceP
VinceP Dunmovin you got it wrong, all doctors in GI are taking new patients...01/02/16Add a comment...
Feb 01, 2016
countrylivin
countrylivin The nuclear power station never went ahead. It was smaller than the size of a fridge. There was not enough of support. GI is now becoming one of the green energy hubs in Australia http://www.adammarshall.com.au/another-renewable-energy-project-approved-for-region/
VinceP, The Doctors are accepting new patients. There is also a doctor at the local hospital at weekends now.
I moved here 10 years ago from the city. I found the locals embraced new arrivals and I was quickly accepted into the community. I have not found any barriers not being a 'local'. Jobs are hard to get in country towns anyway. But the quickest way of getting noticed and feeling a part of the community is to volunteer for one of the may of the worthwhile groups in town. Even serve on the committee of one of these groups.
Aug 01, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Glen Innes.....Good place to Invest and Live"

I purchased an investment property in Glen Innes 5 years ago. Although the property has not rapidly grown in value (probably increased by 25%) rental return is high based on the low purchase price.

My parents moved to the town approximately 7 years ago and enjoy the laid back lifestyle. They enjoy being involved in the community and Dad particularly enjoys playing Golf while Mum is involved in several community groups.

I live in Brisbane now though would love to raise my family in a smaller town like Glen Innes.
Pros
  • Beautiful Location
  • Fantastic historical buildings
  • Great Climate
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"New England Area - Celtric Country"

What a great place to live - we have the advantage of experiencing all of the four seasons, great summers, leafy autums, cool winters, lovely springtime. Our area has to offer, low crime rate, access to hospitals and specialists, good schools, easy drive to the coastal areas, seasonal festivals - just a lovely place to live. Only 4 hours to Brisbane, a short drive to Armidale and the beautiful Inverell districts.
Our rural areas offer a variety of enterprises including top farming areas, fine wool production, cattle farming, ideal horse locations, wild bush blocks with waterfalls, gullies, riveans, a massive amount of wildlife and fauna with views to die for, usual annual rainfall 32" - what more could your relocation need???
Come and visit this friendly area and have a taste of country hospitality and quality country living.
Pros
  • Historic Standing Stones
  • Celtric Country
  • Library, Tafe, Learning Centre, Community Care etc
  • Beautiful Location
  • Fantastic historical buildings
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"rural"

it can be quite loud at some times and is generally a good place unless you get of certain peoples bad sides
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Friendliest Town in Australia"

Glen Innes is situated on the junction of two highways (Gwydir and New England). In recent years it has seen an exciting increase in the numbers of people moving here from all parts of Australia but especially from Queenslanders who have moved here to escape the humidity of the northern state. Glen Innes has an air-conditioned climate. Situated on the Northern Tablelands of NSW and is just 4 hours from Brisbane and 3 hours to the NSW coast. The people are friendly - in fact travellers who pass through tell us that we are the friendliest in Australia. We are sports-minded here in all age groups and love our tennis, golf, fishing, bowls, swimming, all football codes, and horse-sports. By the way do you fancy a bit of gem fossicking. Make the move to Glen soon - you'll wonder why you didnt come here sooner!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Glen Innes - Pleasant town, lots to see, great for fossicking."

Glen Innes is in the New England area about two hours west of Grafton. Glen Innes is often called the Celtic capital of Australia and has the Australian Celtic festival held there each year. Visit the Standing Stones and Crofter’s Cottage. There are many heritage building to see and most sports are played in the area. Whilst in Glen Innes go fossicking for gem stones, visit the Land of the Beardies History House and the nearby Emmaville Mining Museum. There are National parks in the area offering some stunning views and great walking tracks. There is plenty of accommodation from caravan parks to hotels and motels as well as B & B’s and guest houses.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees