Moree has hot summers and cold winters, so it is nice to find many lush, lawned parks. We stopped at Mary Brand Park, mainly because it was easy to park with a Caravan, but also as it had toilets and was located on the banks of the Mehi River.
On the opposite river bank is Max Wales Memorial Park, named for Moree's son who lost his life at the Battle of Long Tan, Vietnam.
Rose bushes are planted in memory of the 18 young Australian men who died in the same battle.
Jellicoe Park is the one I like the best. We often stop here as it's alongside the Newell Highway. It is also known as the "Rocket Park" which is no surprise when I saw the beaut children's play equipment shaped like a rocket, evidently, only one of three still remaining in Australia.
Plenty of shade trees including, Bauhinias and Jacarandas, plus the heritage-listed Moree Band Rotunda which is still in use today. Toilets are located in the park. It's a very nice park to stop at to give children a break when travelling a distance by car.
On the first Sunday of each month, Moree markets are held here.
I'm glad I didn't miss this building, as in my opinion, it is the nicest in Moree. It is not an Art Deco building, but a building built in Edwardian style in 1910 for the CBC Bank & Managers's residence.
Since 1988, it has been a gallery showcasing a permanent collection, and changing exhibitions, many of contemporary Australian artists, especially Aboriginal artists.
It promotes the local indigenous art done by the region's Kamilaroi people, so you can see three collections which are a permanent display. Near the Gallery entrance is a large sculpture, carved from a Myall tree, done by a Kamilaroi artist. It shows how the Kamilaroi people traditionally incised living trees with symbolic and ceremonial designs.
Many other Australian artists have their works on display here.
10am - 5pm Monday to Friday, and 10am - 1pm Saturday
Closed from Christmas Eve up to and including New Years Day, and the Easter long weekend.
Moree is a Town full of Art Deco buildings.
There is a guided walk that can be done, cost is $12, that takes you around the 14 heritage listed buildings, or you can just walk the main street and surrounding streets like I did.
The Art Deco dates back to between 1920 and 1939. In Moree, there were many different styles combining modern art designs as well as ancient geometric design styles. Most of these have been restored now, and really look good when freshly painted.
As I was walking along Frome Street, I came across this lovely old home on the corner of Frome & Albert Streets.
It caught my attention as it was built in a very different style to the Art Deco buildings in Moree.
It was empty, and starting to fall into disrepair, a shame I thought. I hope somebody renovates it, and I wish I knew something about it.
The flood marker is quite easy to walk past.
Located in front of the Post office on a large rock, is a marker showing the level the water came to in a "once in 100year flood." The problem is, somebody forgot to put on the marker, the year of this flood, a very important piece of missed information.
I since have read, that Moree has been subject to many floods with the first occuring in 1864.
The floods over the years have cause washouts of railway lines, livestock drowning in the floodwaters, homes flooded, bridges washed away and loss of lives. When it rains, it pours, with large quantities of rain falling over a short period.
In February 1955, a record flood peak of 10.85 metres devastated Moree. Most of the central business district of the town and 800 homes were flooded. I believe this is the one the marker is indicating.
It was worth walking along Frome street, as along here, I found more historic buildings.
These included the Police Station, Court House, Westpac Bank and Post Office.
I took photos of the Court house which was built in Federation free style in 1903.
It's a great example of Federation Free style architecture and also of a large country courthouse.
It was the third courthouse built in the town, previous buildings were constructed in 1876 and 1885.
A nice old building surrounded by landscaped gardens.
Across the road from the Post Office, was the imposing Art Deco, Westpac Bank building.
Moree is town full of art deco buildings. The Moree Tafe building is one of them.
It was originally the Moree Council Chambers, built in 1902, sadly not much is left of this building. After WWII it became the services club, then in 1969, a TAFE college.
The building is single storey, and has fifteen bays facing Frome Street and six bays facing Heber Street in Art Deco style.
This building is significant because of the Art Deco style and the clock tower. It is one of three heritage buildings which make up the intersection in Moree.
Though the sign today says Moree Club, for 20 years from 1900 this was the surgery and hospital for a certain Doctor Magill. It's a unique example of Federation style Arts and Crafts architecture with a paint scheme to highlight the design.
There's intricate timber detailing here and the gables that face Albert Street have incorporated some of this, including small windows in the T-shaped pattern and a projecting gable apex for roof ventilation.
Elements of Queen Anne style are also present as shown in the high pitched large boarded gables, tall elaborate chimney and extensive verandahs.
These three shops with residence attached are one of the few buildings to survive the great floods of 1910.
Some of the fronts are original and are over 100 years old.
This is one of 14 points listed in a town walk brochure called "Moree's Heritage Trail" that you can obtain from most accommodation houses or the Tourist Information Centre.
Just 86.1 kilometres from the tourist office in Moree, you'll find this gem. Of course, that titbit of information casually circumvents the fact that you'll also have half a dozen gate opening and closures, a couple of tricky creek crossings and a lot of the road is dirt. Then again, more than half of Australia's roads are dirt.
Scene 2 shows you what the countryside is like on the way down past Terry Hie Hie before you get to the gorge where you park your car and then commence walking. It's uphill mostly but not that difficult and there are a couple of features on the way. I'd like to say it's better when it's wet but, there's a problem inasmuch as the entry road is closed when it's wet.
Pic two shows Two Eyes Pool which is the first special place you come to. When viewed from above you can understand where it gets its name from.
Next is the sort of scene you can witness if you do some off piste and the canyons here offer that sort of scenario if you like to live a little bit adventurously.
The shot in the intro pages is my personal favourite and I put it there because it shows up better when larger.
You can then either head back to Moree or on to Narrabri and pic 5 shows you some of the lovely landscapes available when you go on that route.
I liked it so much I'm going back again next year.
This is the sort of place those yobbos who fancy a beer might well end up at. Typical two storey with spacious verandahs for those who might be staying a night or two in the budget accommodation that can prove handy for the traveller who fancies a tipple.
It's located on the eastern side of town where the road heads out to the Gwydir Highway.
It was warm, well, hot really. The only thing that tempered the heat was that it was a dry heat, typical of the country. Away from the beaches there's a distinct lack of humidity, which is just as well, because 40 degrees is not comfortable.
Just outside of town, on the southern side, an emu and its young chick wandered restlessly through a newly cut paddock. They were at some distance from the roadside and I tried in vain to get a clear shot with my telephoto but with little success.
I just liked this aspect because there's something about the composition. The wind parting the tail feathers, the rustic buildings simmering in the heat, the golden stubble colouring the background.
MOREE FOOD WINE & ART FESTIVAL
This sounds like a great weekend indeed & I would love for us to get up here for the weekend of May 7 and 8 during which you can take cooking classes or just enjoy food already prepared, then feast your eyes at the different galleries & for your other senses not quite yet catered for either listen to the music an/or dance to the rhythm.
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After working with 3 different school teams, a Primary school (K-6), a Central school (K-Year 10) & a High School (Years 7-12), a total of about 16 teachers K-12, we were ready to have coffee, do some window shopping, then unwind relaxing in one of the hot mineral springs places.
Which was exactly what we did. Onto the hot mineral springs info'.
We used the "MOREE HOT SPRINGS HEALTH RESORT:" This contained 5 indoor swimming pools with 3 of these being natural Artesian water. One at one end of the complex was quite cool while the others where varying degrees of warmish to a bit hot. The advice they had posted was to stay immersed no more than 5 minutes at a time.
The other advice I received from a couple of older (yes older than me) fellows was to work my way through the warm pools and finish the cycle in the cool pool before starting the cycle once again. It worked a treat!
And, the cost of this was a mere $4 (Australian) each. Now if that isn't absolutely excellent value then I don't know what is! Comparable to the Beppu hot sand bath for value, but not quite as good for ultimate relaxation & rejuvenation.
The Moree Plains Gallery is managed by the Moree Cultural Art Foundation & receives substantial financial assistance from the Moree Plains Shire council & the N.S.W. Ministry for the Arts.
The Gallery is currently sponsored by New England Credit Union, Rhodes Kildea, Moree Secondary College, Lagna Court Farming.
As with all major galleries it has a mixture of permanent & temporary exhibitions. We arrived there not too long before closing time & did not have as close a look or as long a look at, everything as we would have liked.
One of the exhibitions that we saw a bit of was the "Quilting" one which represents the culmination of work by a local group called the Moree Quilters. I found this interesting on a number of different levels. One of these being a senior school assistant I worked with for 7 years at Rozelle Public School by the name of Avril Burn who is an extremely accomplished, & recognised, quilter who made our girls quilts for a christening present.
We also enjoyed the aboriginal art that we got to see.