Out of Town Adventures
Last updated August 11, 2022
After a big working week, why not throw on a backpack for a memorable out of town adventure and take advantage of Moree's natural beauty and wide-open spaces?
Wander through unique streetscapes and sample delicious local produce, bushwalk, plunge into a crystal-clear stream or a steaming mineral pool, camp or just relax on a picnic rug and listen to wind in the towering gum trees. Below are just a few ways to discover the beauty and diversity of our region!
Road trip to the QLD border – 4hr return drive from Moree
Jump in the car, pump up the radio and marvel at the starkly stunning landscape between Moree and the border. Keep an eye out for the wide array of native wildlife along the way, including kangaroos, emus, echidnas, galahs and goannas.
- Garah – drop into the friendly, welcoming watering hole, The Club Hotel.
- Boomi – take a dip at the Hot Artesian Baths and Cold Pools Boomi Artesian Baths | Facebook
- Mungindi – the only border town in the Southern Hemisphere sharing the same name in both states and has two different time zones during daylight saving. Check out the intriguing sculpture trail walk and the excellent Flock Café with great coffee, homemade food, and regionally sourced giftware www.flockmungindi.com.au
Narrabri – 1hr 10min drive from Moree
Nestled at the base of the Nandewar Ranges, the Narrabri region has stunning national parks, expansive agricultural landscapes, and big sky vistas. Highlights of this welcoming town include:
- The Crossing Theatre – home to the Narrabri Civic Art Collection, two cinemas, café, and regular live performances. 117 Tibbereena St, Narrabri www.crossingtheatre.com.au
- CSIRO Australia Telescope Compact Array - the largest telescope of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Paul Wild Observatory, 1828 Yarrie Lake Road, Narrabri Australia Telescope Compact Array - CSIRO
Mount Kaputar National Park
Whether you’re a thrill seeker or seeking blissful solitude, take the time to discover this rugged island of wilderness left behind by ancient volcanic eruptions between 17 and 21 million years ago. The Nandewar Ranges rise dramatically from the flat agricultural plains below, the elevation resulting in a great variety of vegetation, landscape, and temperature. The park is home to rare and threatened fauna, including bats, birds, koalas, quolls, and wallabies.
Keep an eye out for the distinctive native pink slug, which is unique to the area! Camping, bushwalking, mountain biking, rock-climbing, swimming, horse riding…the options for adventure are endless. Contact the Moree Visitor Information Centre on 02 6757 3350 before venturing out to check current road conditions.
Highlights of the park include:
- Mount Kaputar Summit lookout – 2hr drive from Moree
Spectacular, panoramic 360- degree views taking in an extraordinary 10 per cent of the state. If you’re keen for a hike, start at the Dawson’s Spring picnic area and follow the trail along the Mount Kaputar Summit Walk (2km return). Mount Kaputar summit lookout | NSW National Parks
- Waa Gorge Walking Track – 1hr 10min drive from Moree
Millions of years of weathering has formed the deeply etched gorge, its gullies are strewn with enormous boulders and the ghost of ancient rivers and streams. Follow the track (2.5km return through the Grattai Wilderness Area) deep into the rock formation and be dwarfed by the towering tangerine-streaked walls up to the volcanic plug. Wildflowers carpet the area in springtime and it’s a cool and quiet spot for a picnic in summer. Picnic tables and bush toilets near the carpark at the base of Mt Waa. Allambie Rd, Berrigal Waa Gorge walking track | NSW National Parks
Sawn Rocks Walking Track – 1hr 25min drive from Moree
Soaring, 40m tall pillars reminiscent of church organ pipes, Sawn Rocks is a perfect example of the park’s volcanic past - the striking wall of pentagonal basalt pipes is the result of slow and even cooling of molten rock.
From the carpark a 1.5km return walking track offers an easy stroll through fragrant eucalypts, fig and wattle trees to an observation platform providing the perfect view of this intriguing geometric formation. You can then take the steps down for a dip in the tranquil pools of Bobbiwaa Creek. BBQ, picnic tables and bush toilets. Killarney Gap Rd, Narrabri Sawn Rocks walking track | NSW National Parks