Go­ing to the coun­try

Head off on a road trip to dis­cover the rich pickings of north­ern NSW

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - September Contents -

Take a foodie road trip to north­ern NSW

We fol­low Fast Ed as he dis­cov­ers the beauty, her­itage and tastes of coun­try NSW’S Moree and Glen Innes. From World Her­itage wilder­ness to ac­claimed foodie fare, this his­toric part of Aus­tralia has some­thing for every­one.


Art lovers are in for a treat with a host of gal­leries to ex­plore in Moree, as well as Art Trails to ex­pe­ri­ence on the Moree Plains. Be­gin at the Bank Art Mu­seum, housed in a beau­ti­ful Fed­er­a­tion-era bank build­ing, and of­fer­ing a chang­ing pro­gram of tour­ing and ex­hi­bi­tions. The gallery’s in­dige­nous art col­lec­tion is one of the most sig­nif­i­cant in re­gional NSW.

And just walk­ing the streets of Moree is a de­light. Lined with in­cred­i­ble her­itage build­ings, they are best ex­plored on the guided Moree Her­itage and Art Deco Walk.


Moree’s rich black soil sup­ports cot­ton, wheat, beef cat­tle, olive groves, vine­yards and pecans – namely Stah­mann Pe­can Nut Farm in Trawalla near Moree, the largest pe­can farm in the South­ern Hemi­sphere.

Neigh­bour­ing Glen Innes and sur­rounds in the beau­ti­ful New Eng­land High Coun­try of NSW is well-known for fishing. Think Mur­ray cod, as well as rain­bow and brown trout, yel­low­belly, sil­ver perch, redfin and cat­fish – then din­ner!


It’s easy to see why thou­sands of nat­u­ral-spring lovers head to Moree in the beau­ti­ful Gwydir Val­ley to en­joy the sooth­ing ther­mal springs of the Arte­sian Aquatic Cen­tre. The min­eral-rich wa­ters are nat­u­rally heated at 41°C. The cen­tre also has a day spa, sauna and gym, and of­fers mas­sages.

Mean­while, at Glenn Innes, nick­named gem­stone coun­try be­cause of the sap­phires and other gems dis­cov­ered here, you can try your luck fos­sick­ing for pre­cious and semi­precious stones. There’s a fos­sick­ing map to pick up from the vis­i­tor cen­tre or you can find more gems at the Min­erama Fos­sick­ing, Gem and Jew­ellery Show ev­ery March. Keen gem hunters may want to stay among the bush­land at Bul­lock Moun­tain Home­stead. The prop­erty was mined for sap­phires along the creek and rem­nants of the old mine can still be seen. Best of luck!

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