Inverell (map) is a town and local government area situated on the western slopes of the New England highlands. The name is of Gaelic origin and signifies 'the meeting of the swans' - 'inver' (meeting place) and 'ell' (swan). The Macintyre River and Swanbrook River meet in Inverell.

Agriculture flourishes within the region although mining is also undertaken. Inverell is renowned for its gems, contributing to the majority of Australia's sapphire production. The Inland Fishing Festival is held every year at Copeton Dam, the district's main water supply. This man-made dam holds three times the capacity of water as Sydney Harbour. It is so large that when it is below 3% of its capacity during drought, it still has enough water to supply the town for up to ten years without water restrictions.

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