MVHS Tour of New England

Manning Valley Historical Society Tour of Glenn Innes and Inverell


March 25th to 28th 2021


We are planning another tour, this time in the New England area.

On Thursday 25th March we will travel to Glenn Innes arriving mid-afternoon.

The plan is to go to Glenn Innes, stay overnight, look at the Land of the Beardies History House Museum then on to the John and Josie Ellis Collection.  We could also have a look at the Gawura Gallery

That afternoon we will travel to Inverell and have a look at the National Transport Museum plus the Victa Museum.


Accommodation & Itinerary

Thursday, 25th March 2021.

My suggestion for staying overnight is the Central Motel, Glenn Innes.

131 Meade Street, Glenn Innes.  Phone Number 6732 2200.

Rates are $125 Twin Share, $110 Double and $100 Single.

Dinner that night could be at the local club or a restaurant in town.


There are several ways to travel to Glenn Innes and they are as follows:

  1. Go via Thunderbolts way. Travel to Gloucester then up to Walcha then onto Uralla then Glenn Innes.
  2. Oxley Highway to Walcha then turn right to Uralla then onto Glenn Innes
  3. Waterfall Way to Armidale then to Glenn Innes

4 Gwydir Highway. This router starts at Grafton and takes directly to Glenn Innes.

I have personally done all 4 routes and found them easy driving. Travel time is about 4 Hours.

Friday, 26th March 2021.

10am – go to the The Land of the Beardies Museum located at Cnr West Ave and Ferguson Street (Gwydir Highway West), have a look around departing around Midday.

12.30 – Have some lunch then go to John and Josie Ellis Collection. This collection includes Petrol Bowers, Oil Tins, Enamel Signs & Garagenallia.  Entrance cost is $5 per Person.

Time permitting, we could then have a look at the Gawura Gallery.  This is an Art Gallery and is home to acclaimed Aboriginal artist Lloyd Gawura Hornsby.

4 pm – Travel to Inverell and stay the night.  It is less than 1 hours’ drive from Glenn Innes to Inverell.

The best place to stay in Inverell is The Club Motel, 58-62 Evans Street Inverell, phone 6721 0800. Rooms are $135 Double, Single $152.  We could have dinner at the club next door to this hotel.

Saturday, 27th March 2021.

10am – The National Transport Museum is our next port of call, 69 Rifle Rang Road, Inverell.  120 Vehicles are on display.  Entrance is about $12 per person.

Have some Lunch.

Next, we could have a look at the Victa Museum, 31 Clive Street Inverell, free admission.

At this point, some people might like to travel home.

My thought is to travel that afternoon to Uralla and stay overnight.  The McCrossin’s Mill Museum, a heritage flour mill, in Uralla is worth seeing.  Your choice.


You would be away for 2 or 3 nights.  Bookings at Motels is up to those who are going on this tour.

If you wish to attend and wish to stay elsewhere, this is fine.  Those who have caravans, you are more than welcome to take them but you will need to find information about caravan parks.

All Prices and Information are correct as of the 15th December 2020.  If you wish to attend please put your name on the list and make your accommodation requirements.

Please let me know which way you are travelling.  If you wish to car share this is fine or if you need a ride talk to other people attending.

Final numbers would be needed by the 20th March 2021


For more information, please talk to Garry Hollis