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Situated high in the tablelands at 1070m Glen Innes is at the centre of farming area known as the "Land of the Beardies", named after two pioneers. This region is well known for producing the best sapphires in NSW and other gemstones which are extracted commercially as well as being found by the amateur fossicker. The town also has some beautiful parks, some of which line the willow bordered Rocky Ponds Creek and some well-cared for 19th century buildings, one of which contains the Land of the Beardies Folk Museum.