Moree is located in the fertile Gwydir Valley and McIntyre River Valley in north-western NSW with a population close to 14,000 residing within the Moree Plains Shire. It is a progressive dynamic community, with strong agricultural industries in cotton, grain and oilseeds, with its Mediterranean style climate, is highly adaptable to alternative farming enterprises.
As the most productive agricultural area in Australia, the Moree Plains is a major contributor to the overall agricultural wealth of the nation. Moree enjoys reliable rainfalls which, combined with rich productive soils, result in high quality grain and cotton crops. The beautiful climate also suits the production of superb quality olives and pecans.
Moree Plains has long been the ancestral home of the Kamilaroi people who, as traditional custodians, are members of the second largest indigenous group in Australia. The Moree area is renowned for its cultural significance and abundance of Kamilaroi cultural items, including carved and scarred trees. The Moree Plains Gallery and the Indigenous Unit of the Northern Regional Library and Information Service houses excellent exhibitions and examples of the local indigenous culture.
In recent years, the Moree Plains Council have upgraded the original artesian baths. The water used in the spa pools is renewed every 6 to 10 minutes and comes from the Great Artesian Basin, one of the largest artesian basins in the world and underlying about one –fifth of Australia. Both residents and visitors to Moree have enjoyed this wonder of nature since 1898 with many visitors returning annually to "take the waters". The residents enjoy a great lifestyle in a climate which allows them to take pleasure in the wide open plains and interesting places where they can fish, boat and just relax
Moree is where you start to appreciate the vastness of this country, with the opportunity to experience outback places and people. There are plenty of accommodation options and many restaurants and cafes to choose from. You can enjoy art galleries, historic landmarks and natural wonders and the fishing on the Barwon at Mungindi and Boomi is excellent.
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The Bank Art Museum Moree
The Gallery has a broad permanent collection, focusing on emerging Kamilaroi artists and including works by other Australian artists such as Margaret Adams, Bronwyn Bancroft, John Caldwell, Captain Frank Hurley, Ken Johnson, Aarone Raymond Meeks, Trevor Nickolls, Michael Riley, Maxie Tjampijinpa, Harry J Wedge and John A Williams. Their annual program includes various touring exhibitions and displays of works from the permanent collection. Other cultural events include lectures, piano recitals, choral performances, film evenings and art workshops. In 2018, after thirty years of operation The Moree Plains Gallery was officially renamed BAMM: Bank Art Museum of Moree. This new named aimed to reflect the contemporary edge of the gallery's programs and highlights the history and responsibilities of the collecting institution.
Moree Plains Artesian Pools
The benefits of natural artesian mineral waters were discovered thousands of years ago, and have been used for their curative powers since ancient times. Many Europeans steeped in spa culture; use thermal rich Spas for their therapeutic value. Today you don't have to go to Europe to enjoy the health benefits of nature's gift, for this can be experienced in Moree. Famous Moree Hot Mineral Baths originate back to 1895, when the baths' mercurial waters were accidentally discovered. While searching for a reliable source of irrigation water, a bore was sunk into the Great Artesian Basin. Amazingly, this bore derived hot mineral water heated naturally at 41 degrees Celsius. Early enthusiasts believed the artesian mineral waters could heal just about anything from rheumatism to spinal paralysis. The Moree Hot Mineral Baths are to this day visited by 300,000 visitors annually, young and old, who travel to this therapeutic playground to experience the benefits of `Natures Magic'. The Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre features these artesian spas with the soothing mineral-rich naturally heated water, a FINA standard Olympic Pool, commercial gym, waterslide, children's waterpark and a café. There is also a Wellness Centre that features an artesian soak and sauna retreat, massages, facials, body treatments and manicures and pedicures.
The Barry Roberts Walk is a scenic trek along the picturesque riverbanks of the town and the adjoining bushland. It also takes in some of the town's heritage sites. A guiding pamphlet is available from Tourism Moree.
At the Amaroo Tavern in Amaroo Drive is a well-maintained DC3 aeroplane from World War II. You can inspect the interior and enjoy a nice lunch.
Mary Brand Park
Park, at the corner of Gwydir
and Frome Sts, is named after the woman who, along with her husband, opened a
store in 1852, which proved the beginning of the town. In 1861, she established the town's first inn
on this very corner. The park contains a
replica slab hut and Meei Cottage (reflecting the original spelling of the Mehi River)
which is typical of a 1890s residence.
There are also some rather old Moreton Bay
Moree hosts one of the biggest country shows in regional NSW around April each year. Events at the show include, animal farm, billy goat races, demolition derby, dog high jump, dog lotto, grand parade, great dog race, horse events, pavilion, pet show, poultry, produce, Moree showgirl, tractor pull, whip cracking, wool section, yard dog trials and the you beaut ute competition. It's well worth a visit to soak up the country atmosphere.
Weirs and Swimming Spots
There are three weirs around Moree which can be pinpointed at the Moree Information Centre. Tareelaroi Weir, which has picnic and barbecue facilities, is 20 km east via the Gwydir Highway (take the signposted turnoff to the left). Combadello Weir, a good fishing and bird watching spot, is 25 km west of town via the Gwydir Highway. Boolooroo Weir, where there are barbecue facilities, is about 8 km north via the Newell Highway (turn left just before Boolooroo Bridge). The Rocks are a pleasant picnic and swimming spot. Head north-east for 11 km along the Newell Highway then turn right, heading east for 5 km to the end of the road.
Waa Gorge is 86 km south-east of Moree (including 20 km of unsealed roads) at the northern tip of Mt Kaputar National Park. The route is convoluted so be sure to pick up a detailed guide available from the Moree Visitors' Centre. From the end of the road a walking track leads past the picnic area to the 'Devil's Waterholes', two deep waterholes in which you can swim. Climb the small hill on their left and follow the track alongside the creek. It is about 45 minutes to the gorge which appears as you round a corner, towering 70 m overhead. The walls of the gorge are bright orange.
Bark Hut picnic area and campground
Bark Hut campground offers peaceful camping in a beautiful setting half way up a mountain. It's a fantastic spot to set up a base and explore the beautiful Mountain Kaputar National Park on a walk or mountain bike ride, try the nearby Scutts Hut walk or Mount Coryah walk. There are also lots of lookouts nearby – so be sure to stop by to enjoy the views.
With 15 camping spots available and wood fire barbecues on site, it's perfect for getting a group of friends together, cooking up a feast and indulging in the natural wonders of this striking ancient region. And no need to rough it too much – there are hot showers and flush toilets.