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MOREE THE PLACE TO BE

Especially if you have pains in your joints or aches in your muscles as the thermal pools in this town are just so good for your problems.
We have been 4 or 5 times now andalways stay at the Gwydir Caravan Park which has its own pools, five now in fact,the latest addition is a lap pool with a temperature of approx. 28 to 30 degreesC, and the others range from 35,36,37 and 39 degrees C.

You can spend your whole holiday in the Park (apart from having to restock the larder) as the pools are open between 7am and 10pm, you can go asoften as suits you and they are only for the use of people staying in the Park, thesurrounds are very clean and well keptnand the pools are exceptional, the oohs and aahs of the users as soon as they feel the beautiful, warm water is almost worth the trip alone and as one person said "I would love to be able to bottle the sounds".

The Park is very large with over a hundred caravan sites and cabins and some unpowered sites. It is situated on the southern end of Moree just off the Newell Highway and approx.3 kilometres from the centre of town. Moree itself is a very nice place to visit, it has some beautiful buildings, parks, galleries and gift shops as well as providing very well for all you could need for your every day living, the streets are very clean and well kept but with the highway going right through the centre of town the transports and general traffic is horrendous but I guess that over the years the townsfolk have become used to all the noise.

As the water is unlimited there are many lovely gardens too. There are lots of eating places but we have only tried two - the Amaroo Tavern just down the road from the C/Park, the meals are very good and huge and the Fish & Chip shop - also very good and generous with their serves.

As far as fossicking goes there is not much on offer, there is a gravel pit going back south to a town called Bellata, the pit belongs to the Shire but you are allowed to fossick for small agates, similar to the jelly beans found near Inverell, but it is getting very hard as the pit is becoming overgrown and all I could think of was snakes, but the agates, must be still there if you are prepared to put in some hard work, apart from this probably the nearest fossicking places are Bingarra or Inverell.

We had a good trip apart from a broken fan belt, we had two stops on the way both there and back at Jerilderie and Dubbo both times. The C/Park at Jerilderie is right next to the Golf Club where on every night except Monday you can have an excellent Chinese meal. We can both highly recommend this and the C/Park is also excellent.

Must make mention of the weather before signing off though, we had a really mixed bag, some rain, a lot of wind, a thunderstorm and two red dust storms, the latter certainly coloured things up and they both lasted for nearly two days, the first one eventually making its way to Auckland N.Z .and was State wide, quite an experience.

All in all, the trip was up to standard and Moree provides a wonderful, relaxed holiday - even the little dog thought so too

Bev. & Donald

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