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Glen Innes Heritage Walk

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Like nearby Armidale, Glenn Innes has its own heritage walk, which anyone driving down its main street (Grey Street) will probably guess. It's not as impressive as Armidale's walk, but it is one you can easily complete on foot and it doesn't take too long either.

In total there are around 50 buildings to look at along the route, with the majority of these just the converted shops down either side of the main road, where heritage laws apply. The walk starts elsewhere though, at the Visitor Information Centre, where you'll need to collect the map.

From there you head towards Grey Street, where it took me a while to get the hang of the map, since you want to look at the buildings on the opposite side of the street (one problem with doing it on a weekend is that there's lots of cars and other things in the way). But the map gives you directions.

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The old CBC Bank building, now used by NAB

Some of the buildings have not been converted though, and are still use for their original purpose. These include the Commonwealth Bank building, the post office and the court house. Often you can still read the original purpose of other buildings on their facades.

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Fire station

My favourite building was the Town Hall, but there are also some really good ones up side streets.

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I was visiting in winter, but this building, once a mill, would look great if the plant was covered in leaves

It doesn't take you too long to realise how dense the heritage is in Glen Innes and the walk focuses on the area it does for a reason. However there are also impressive buildings in the rest of town.

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The Church of the Holy Trinity isn’t on the walk but is worth at least driving past

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St Patrick's Catholic Church was one in a row of buildings that inspired me to do the Heritage Walk

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Another building that inspired my walk

After you've done tthe Hertage Walk I recommend heading to Land of the Beardies History House, where pictures and information detail the transition of the area of town you just explored. Other things to do in Glenn Innes include fossickng and the Australian Standing Stones. Balancing Rock can be viewed on your way in or out.

Don't forget the Armidale Heritage Walks too, which have some impressive Gothic architecture. The are a few different options: a walk around the centre of town, a drive around the rest and a bus tour.

Where: Glen Innes
When: When you want to get a feel of this heritge town
Cost: Free

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