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Moree's Out of Town Adventures

Gwydir Wetlands State Conservation Area | Visit NSW

After a big working week, why not throw on a backpack for a memorable out of town adventure and chase that never-ending horizon – wander through historic rural villages, 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!

Gwydir Wetlands State Conservation Area –1hr 5min drive from Moree

One of the most significant inland wetlands systems in NSW and home to at least 75 waterbird species – spot threatened, endangered and migratory species from the bird hide at the 'Waterbird Lagoon'. Contact the Moree Visitor Information Centre on 02 6757 3350 before venturing out to check current road conditions.

Gingham Road, Moree.

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
  • CSIRO Australia Telescope Compact Array - the largest telescope of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Paul Wild Observatory, 1828 Yarrie Lake Road, Narrabri
  • Yarrie Lake - thought to be formed by a falling meteor, a peaceful place for a dip and to escape a hot day. Yarrie Lake Road, Narrabri,
Pally Pub – 30min drive from Moree

This fantastic, newly renovated venue has quickly become a must-do for locals and visitors alike. Pop out for a delicious lunch or dinner at the Golden Grain Bistro, with regular weekend live music and events.

59 Bingara St, Pallamallawa

Bingara – 1hr 15min drive from Moree

Delightful, picturesque town nestled in the hills alongside the meandering Gwydir River, highlights include:

  • The Roxy Theatre and Greek Café –built by three Greek partners from the island of Kythera as a magnificent art deco cinema with an adjoining café, the theatre operated until 1958, after which it was closed and left untouched for forty years. Beautifully and faithfully restored to its former glory in 2004 and now open to the public as a cinema, performing arts venue and multi-purpose function centre. The Café operated as a Chinese restaurant until 2011, when it also underwent a transformation back to its Greek café heritage and is a wonderful 1930’s time capsule. 74 Maitland St, Bingara
  • Wade Horses Bingara - trail rides for all ages and ability levels along the glorious Gwydir River. "Garrawilla", Keera St, Bingara
  • Myall Creek Massacre Memorial - one of Australia’s most important reconciliation sites commemorating the unprovoked massacre of twenty-eight Wirrayaraay women, children and old men by a group of stockmen in 1838. This is the only massacre for which Europeans were charged, found guilty and punished. Whitlow Rd, Myall Creek
  • The Rocky Creek Glacial Areaover 290 million years of weathering and erosion of the original glacial landscape has created many different sizes and types of boulders, all cemented together in the creek bed with finer gravels, sand and clay. This makes it the perfect spot to picnic alongside the tumbling water, rock hop or cool off in a crystal clear rockpool. Camping and bush toilets. Killarney Gap Road, Bingara
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
  • 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
Inverell – 1hr 35min drive from Moree

Nestled in a scenic valley at the foot of the Great Dividing Range and on the banks of the beautiful Macintyre River, Inverell is a historic and picturesque town renowned for its vibrant, supportive community and the spectacular Inverell sapphire. Known in the region as a fabulous daytrip destination for retail therapy, Inverell is a thriving tourist, commercial, service and agricultural centre.

The surrounding area features swathes of national park wilderness, tranquil, wandering waterways, outstanding recreational areas and highly productive cropping, grazing, mixed farming and mining land. The rich, volcanic soil has provided the perfect environment for gems and minerals and the area is popular with fossickers who regularly unearth not only sapphires, but topaz, diamonds, emeralds, quartz, garnets, citrine, rhodonite and tourmaline. At three times the capacity of Sydney Harbour and with the longest recreational boat ramp in the Southern Hemisphere, the nearby Copeton Dam is a wonder to behold!

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