Within the Moree Plains Shire, in New South Wales, is the town of Moree (population 8,083). Boasting rich black-soil plains, Moree is situated on the Mehi River. A major agricultural center, Moree was also part of cotton growing industry in the early 1960's. Originally home to the Kamilaroi people, it was Major Sir Thomas Mitchell who started a wake of settlers to the area around the river: the site of Moree as we know it. The early settlers used the area for pastoral runs, and eventually a general store, a post-office and other business were established from the 1850's on. Moree was gazetted as a town in 1862.
Moree has some interesting and well-kept heritage sites, including the Moree Courthouse, the Moree Lands Office, Mellor House and Moree Club. By far the biggest, and best-known attraction of Moree, is its Artesian Spa Baths-- attracting over 300,000 visitors anually. Found accidentally in 1865, the well produces water at about 41C, which is used in several pools and spas in the Spa Complex. Known for its healing qualities, the waters are rich in minerals. The warm waters are believed to heal ailments such as rheumatism, arthritic conditions and musclar aches and strains. Also visit the nearby 'Lightning Ridge', which boasts large deposits of Black Opal. Here you can learn about the towns colorful past, visit an underground opal mine and be able to purchase Black Opal. Go to the Waa Gorge, where legend has it that the "devil's waterholes" are bottomless. The Waa Gorge is in the Mount Kaputar National Park, where you can take spectacular walks through mountainous riverbeds. Moree is filled with a fantastic mix of excitement and relaxtion, with many activities for the whole family to participate in.