Moree Region Overview
Moree is best known for its famous Artesian Spa Baths which attract over 300 000 visitors a year. The Spa Complex was developed to tap an artesian well which was sunk in 1895 in effort to find a reliable source of drinking water for Moree.
Since then the well has produced a natural steady flow of warm (41 Deg C) water which is utilised in the several pools and spas which have been built in the complex. There is also an Olympic sized swimming pool although it is at a more conventional temperature.
The artesian spa waters are rich in minerals including sodium carbonate and sodium chloride and like similar spas throughout the world swuch as at Bath in the UK.
Moree Artesian Spa attracts 10' s of thousands of visitors wanting to see if the waters really do have therapeutic properties (they are reputed to help rheumatism, arthritic conditions and muscular aches and strains).
Lightning Ridge Opal Mine
Moree is ideally placed if you want to visit Lightning Ridge which is around 300 km and 2.5 hours west.
The township is the site of large deposits of 'Black Opal' so as well as having the opportunity to purchase Black Opal from source you will be able to tour an underground opal mine and learn about the towns fascinating and colourful history.
The Devils Waterholes
Legend has it that The Devils Waterholes, located in the Waa Gorge, are bottomless. The Waa Gorge is in The Mount Kaputar National Park which is around 120km south of Moree and 50 Km from the closest town of Narrabri.
A spectacular mountainous walk through riverbeds will lead you to the magnificent Waa Gorge where swimming is possible in The Devils Waterholes (but don't try and touch the bottom!).
These are a series of tiered pools formed as the river flows down the mountain. If you reach the top of Mt Kaputar and the conditions allow, you will have a view of over 10% of New South Wales. The peak is over 1500 m above sea level.
See our general Moree accommodation listings page for accommodation in the Moree region.
Moree is located in northern New South Wales and has a latitude of 29.45°S and a longitude of 149.8° E.
Driving To Moree
Some approximate driving times are:
9Hrs From Sydney (600Km)
16Hrs From Melbourne (1300Km)
7Hrs From Brisbane (500Km)
See Route and Distance Calculator for more accurate driving times and routes from additional locations throughout Australia.
Flying To Moree
The Lightning Ridge region is serviced by REX Regional Airlines.
Largest Pecan Nut Producer in Australia
Moree is 35 Km west of the vast 700ha Trawalla Nut Farm which is the biggest producer of pecan nuts in the Southern Hemisphere.
Although native to North America, the climatic, drainage and soil conditions in Trawalla are perfect for pecan nut cultivation and the farm now has the highest crop yield in the world.
The ideal conditions for agriculture also make the Moree region one of the biggest producer of wheat and cotton in Australia and tours of a cotton farm are available during the cotton season (late March to July).
These figures are for guidance only:
Approximate Max Average Temperature
Deg C/ Deg F
Winter(June-Aug):18 / 64.5
Spring(Sep-Nov):27 / 80
Summer(Dec-Feb):33 / 91
Autumn(Mar-May):27 / 80
Approximate Average Monthly Rainfall - mm