Parks & Gardens
Peaceful & Relaxing...
The Moree Plains Shire features some of the most popular and beautiful parks & gardens in country New South Wales. The gentle meandering curves of the Mehi River set a uniquely rural backdrop and offer a perfect complement to the richly historic parks & gardens situated in and around the Moree area.
Mary Brand Park, on the banks of the Mehi River, holds great siginificance for the Moree area as Mary Brand was the first hotelier and storekeeper in the Moree district. Originally, the park featured a traditional four room slab hut, 'Meei Cottage', surrounded by a few century-old fig trees. Today, it is a beautiful spot to relax by the gently winding river and observe the varied bird and wildlife, right in the heart of Moree.
On the opposite river bank lies Moree's newest park, The Max Wales Memorial Park, named for Moree's son who lost his life at the Battle of Long Tan, Vietnam. This peaceful location features 18 delicate rose bushes planted in memory of the 18 courageous young Australian men who died in the tragic battle.
Resplendent with magnificent eucalyptus and jacarandas, Jellicoe Park comes alive on the first Sunday of each month with the fabulous Moree markets.
Public toilet facilities are available at Jellicoe Park. Disabled access to the facilities is also provided via Alice St/ Gwydir Highway. An idyllic spot for a walk or picnic. The rose garden, which features a covered pergola area and a variety of trees and natural landscapes contribute to the park's popularity as a locality for wedding photos and naming ceremonies. It's a short walk from the park to the fish ladder and weir which are located on the north-western side of the park.
In a setting of beautiful white & rose pink bauhinias, Kirkby Park features the heritage-listed Moree Band Rotunda which is still in use today. Kirkby Park is witin walking distance of the CBD. Known colloquially as the "Rocket Park", it also features a distinctive rocket which is one of only three still standing in Australia. The original rocket was built in Kirkby Park in 1972 to commemorate the Centenary of Education. The old rocket still stands in the park but now, a new giant, brilliantly colourful model has been built standing 14.9 metres tall! Hosting a children's dream playground, the rocket was launched on 11 July 2009 by astronomer in charge Dr Fred Watson.The $220,000 rocket no doubt contributed to Moree’s Kirkby Park being named the third best place to play in NSW, according to the Daily Telegraph on Monday, July 6th 2010.
Jacaranda Park is located in Amaroo (southern Moree). With its open grassed lawn and shady trees, the park provides opportunities for exercise and activities.
The neighbourhood playgound includes a flying fox,spring rider, swings, climbers and monkey bars surrounded by wood shaving soft fall and a fully covered shade structure.
Lyle Houlahan Park, located next to the Moree Visitors Information Centre, has outdoor table settings and BBQ's available for your use and enjoyment.
Moree Skate Park is centrally located just south of Woolworths. It is designed for skate and BMX users and caters for all ability. The Skate Park is a popular recreational and social facility for keen skaters of all ages and is used on a daily basis. The equipment includes a permanent concrete small bowl with flat banks, corner bowl, ramps and grind rails on a concrete surface.
Open Garden Scheme
Immerse yourself in the breath-taking surrounds of Moree's picturesque open gardens which feature some of the oldest and most significant homesteads and gardens. Sitting atop some of the worlds richest alluvial soil allows our local gardeners the unqiue opportunity to plant and maintain Australian and international plants, shrubs and trees. With a history rich in horticultural experience, Moree is fortunate to have many participants in the national Open Garden Scheme.
For dates and detailed directions, please contact the Moree Visitor Information Centre on 02 6757 3350.