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Moree is an interesting place to visit

The benefits of whiling away the hours in an artesian spa are well known. In addition to improved circulation, relief from chronic arthritis, and reduction of stress there is also evidence that sufferers of Type 2 Diabetes may benefit from regular sessions in the healing waters. It is no wonder then that the Moree region, with its hot thermal mineral pools, is fast becoming a hot spot for grey nomads to visit.

OVERVIEW
Located at the junction of the Newell and Gwydir Highways, Moree is a natural stopping point for inland wanders … particularly those seeking to soothe aching muscles and joints. The region’s rich soils and the Mehi River helped to make it a major agricultural centre, and Moree was at the forefront of Australia’s cotton rowing industry when it started in the 1960s.

But it’s the spas which excite most non-farmers when they hit town. Discovered in 1895, the natural artesian hot springs are said to contain at least eight different minerals and maintain a temperature 39 degrees. You can park yourself in still pools, in pools with underwater jets and in pools with above water streams. Although the water itself is clearly a major drawcard, one of the best things about spending time in the spas is shooting the breeze with your fellow soaker. It’s a great place to exchange tips about camping spots, road conditions and even what you’re hoping the waters will cure.
If you feel the need to dry out a bit and take in some other sights, there are several heritage listed buildings in Moree as well as a great regional art gallery which has a range of permanent and touring exhibitions.

Two-thirds of Australia’s cotton is still grown in the Moree region and if you time your visit for February, you will see countless bulbous white fibres bursting from cotton plants in vast fields. It is quite a spectacular sight.
Despite its 500 kilometre distance from the coast, fishing is a popular pastime in the Moree region. There are three weirs to cast a line in, and the Gwydir River also provides anglers with the opportunity to have a crack at catching a big one.

IN THE AREA
Mt Kaputar National Park is approximately 84 kilometres to the south near Narrabri. It features high rugged mountains, unusual rock formations and a variety of wildlife. The access road is partly unpaved and although it is suitable for conventional vehicles, the road is quite narrow and steep so caravans are not recommended.
To the southeast is Myall Creek, the scene of a massacre in 1838 in which 30 unarmed Aborigines died. After two trials, seven of the 12 settlers involved in the killings were found guilty of murder and hanged.

MAKE SURE YOU …
Hit the spas and let your aches and pains simply wash away (hopefully); you’d be nuts not to take a guided tour of the largest pecan nut farm in the southern hemisphere; you really should have a look around a local cotton farm … after all this is Australia’s cotton capital.

WHERE TO CAMP
Good van park options in town including the well-regarded Mehi River Van Park and the Gwydir Carapark & Thermal Pools on the Newell Highway.

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