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Australian Standing Stones

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Published January 29th 2023
Honouring those from the Celtic communities
Australian Standing Stones
Australian Standing Stones

Officially opened in February 1992, the Australian Standing Stones honours those from the Celtic communities who had helped to pioneer our nation. It also marks the Celtic heritage of Glen Innes. As a result of the invasion and occupation of England, the Celtic people retreated to Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall, Wales, the Isle of Man, Brittany, Asturias and Galicia, and eventually spread across the world.

Gorsedd Stone
Gorsedd Stone

The standing stones include a 24-stone circle representing each hour of the day as well as three central stones - the Australis, Gaelic and Brythonic. There is also an avenue of six stones towards the northeast, and inner stones towards the northwest, southeast and southwest.

Irish Stone
Irish Stone

The Southern Cross constellation is mirrored by five of the stones. A Bardic festival stone stage is symbolised by the distinctively flat Gorsedd Stone while an Ogham inscription consisting of short, long and sloping lines can be found on the tall square Irish Stone. Plaques on the ground mark the earth's annual movement around the sun.

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View of township from lookout

For a good visual of all the stones, I'd recommend heading up the steps to the dedicated viewpoint. Also, not far from there is a lookout with views of the township. The standing stones are located on Watsons Drive in Glen Innes. I've included a map below for your convenience.

australian standing stones

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Why? Honouring those from the Celtic communities
Where: Watsons Drive, Glen Innes, NSW
Cost: Free
Your Comment
That's fascinating, Audrey, I wasn't aware they even existed ...
by Elaine (score: 3|9398) 127 days ago
I had never heard of this exhibit. What a great celebration of Celtic communities and an inspiring way to learn more about their history and traditions
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|6710) 127 days ago
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