Parks and Reserves

 

Recreational Parks

Lions Park 

Old Bundarra Road, Inverell
Facilities include free BBQ's, amentities, picnic tablesand a playground.
 
Sinclair Park 

Glen Innes Road, Inverell
Facilities include amentities, picnic tables, Bicentennial Memorial and Scottish Memorial Cairn.
 
Victoria Park
 
Cnr Vivian and Evans Street
Facilities include picnic tables, amenities, playground, liberty swing and fountain.
 
Off Leash Dog Park

Behind Campbell Street and Glen Innes Road along the River Bank.
 
Campbell Park
 
Captain Cook Drive (end of Campbell Street)
Facilities include picnic tables, amenities, playground, finess equipment and a sealed walking path.
 

 
Lakes and Reserves
 
Lake Inverell
 
For 45 years Lake Inverell provided Inverell's water supply. The reserve is a prime wildlife habitat, particularly for water birds.The reserve has some particular significance for Inverell, as the meaning translated from Gaelic is 'meeting place of the swans,' and the town's symbol is the black swan, always seen on the lake.
 
Facilities include shelters, picnic tables, amenities, car park, BBQ's and marked walking tracks.

Water Birds seen in the area include - black swan, pelican, black duck, weed duck, musk duck, cormorant, little pied cormorant, white necked heron, white faced heron, azure kingfisher, white spoonbill, swamp hen, darter, ibis, Euroasian coote, little grebe, crested grebe, large egret, grey teal, spur winged plover, dotterels, pied stilt, and the reed warbler.
 
Mammals and Reptiles seen in the area include - grey kangaroo, wallaroo, platypus, water rat, easter dragon, snaked necked tortoise, water skink, bearded dragon, goanna, brown snake, black snake, bushtail possum and echidna.
 
Fish include - Murray cod, golden perch, goldfish, mosquito fish, rainbow trout, carp, catfish and gudgeon.
 
Vegetation -  the area has open dry sclerophyll forest that include the following plantlife: Yellow box, white box, grevillia, blakely's red gum, native cherry, cypress pine, casuraina, rough barked apple, cayley's ironbark, bottlebrush, native violet, swansonia (poison).
 
Copeton Dam

Copeton Dam is almost 3 times the size of Sydney Harbour when full and is surrounded by recreational areas. It is a 113 metre high, earth and rock filled embankment dam on the Gwydir River near Inverell. The Dam was built by the NSW Department of Water Resources to supply water for irrigation and was completed in 1976. It is the most popular holiday spot around the area.

Facilities at the State Park include a Kiosk where meals and take away are available, a laundry, amenities blocks with hot showers, 76 powered camping/caravan sites, cabins, picnic and BBQ areas, a kids water park, fuel sales boat ramps and boat hire.

On the northern side of the dam the (aptly named) Copeton Northern Foreshores Reserve is located 17km south of Inverell and offers amenities blocks with hot showers, picnic and BBQ areas, powered sites and camping areas, bo
at ramp and fish cleaning table.

FISHING

Copeton Dam is renowned as a top Murray Cod, Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Redfin and Eel Tailed Catfish fishery with possibly a remnant trout from past stockings. Rainbow Trout are still taken in the Gwydir River downstream of Copeton Dam. Upstream of the Lake is some pristine gorge country that holds the odd Cod and Yellowbelly. It is rugged country being more suited to goats (which there are a lot in the area) than to people, but can be rewarding at times for those that are keen and fit enough to traverse the boulders and cliffs.

BOATING

There are no boating restrictions on the main body of water inside Copeton Dam, except a No Boating zone around the Dam Wall. There are several boat launching areas around the dam. The best depends upon the water level at any given time.

 
Goonoowigall Bushland Reserve
 
Goonoowigall Bushland Reserve is located on the Tingha Road, 5km South of Inverell. This 900 hectare reserve has a number of attractive picnic spots. There are greated walking tracks to scenic lookouts, delightful sandy pools, waterfalls and points of historic interest. The name Goonoowigall meaning "plenty rock wallabies" named by the local aboriginals. The reserve boasts over 120 species of native animals and fauna. Some of the more visable species being swamp wallabies, grey kangaroo's, echidna's and of course the rock wallaby.
 
Goonoowigall wasn't always a nature reserve, some tin mining took place during the 1870's and a wool wash was established, along a creek, in the 1880's. Remnants of these activities and remains of Chinese settlements may be seen on the reserve. The walk along the Khunta Karra Kara track in Goonoowigall Reserve was opened in June 2005, a project of Inverell Reconciliation Group. There are plaques along the track recording the places where Aboriginal families lived from the 1940's until the mid 1960's when they were allowed to move into town.
 

Council strives to project a caring image to both ratepayers and visitors by providing a picturesque and colourful display of seasonal annuals in the CBD and roundabouts.
 
Council liases closely with organisations such as the local schools, the Inverell Sports Council, along with Service and Garden clubs to achieve attractive streetscapes matched by quality sporting fields and local parks.
 
 

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