Going to the country
Head off on a road trip to discover the rich pickings of northern NSW
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.
DELIGHT IN THE CULTURE
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.
FEAST ON RICH HARVESTS
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!
SOAK AND FOSSICK
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!