Welcome Totems Greeting you as you travel into Moree from Queensland are the Welcome Totems representing the four totems of this area Crow, Pelican, Goanna and Yellow Belly. Yaama (welcome) to the home of the Kamilaroi people.
Anzac Centenary Park
The most recent addition to grace the Moree landscape is the Anzac Centenary Park which borders the Moree Bypass.
Opening in 2015, Anzac Centenary Park is located in an area of historical significance and as you take a stroll, you will discover plaques explaining the history of the area including the Victoria Hotel, Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre, Moree Train Station, Moree Station Weigh Bridge and the Tennis Club. Anzac Centenary Park was established to honour the memory of local people who served Australia & the British Empire in WWI.
As the war began, rural men rallied to the call of King & Country gathering in the local towns to enlist. Men from this region were called the Kurrajongs after trees native to this area. Kurrajong trees are now planted in the park to symbolise the enormous contribution and sacrifice rural families made in defence of their country. When they enlisted, troops marched from the town centre to the Victoria Hotel and waited there before they departed from the Moree Railway Station as they journeyed to join the conflict and when soldiers returned, they followed the same route but for some, the return journey was not to be.
The centrepiece of the park, 12 plinths in staggered formation representing the trenches in which the soldiers lived, fought and died, bear 206 names of those men and women who fell in battle, died as a result of wounds received or succumbed to illness whilst serving as soldiers and nurses.
Many of those listed on the plinths have no other known grave so this memorial serves as their last resting place. Where possible, names have been grouped according to the place of death symbolising mateship and loyalty of these men and women. Totem posts, depicting regional fauna including Yellow Belly, Platypus, Brolga, Emu, Echidna and Koala, honour of the local Kamilaroi people, many of whom served, and take pride of place along with flag poles bearing the Australian and New Zealand flags.
It is hoped to further develop the park to honour those who have served in WWII.
Mary Brand Park
Nestled in a gentle curve of the Mehi River, Mary Brand Park is an historically significant spot as it was the location of the second general store in the Moree District, owned and operated by a dynamic pioneering woman, Mary Brand.
As well as owning the store, Mary ran the Post Office and owned the local hotel, the Moree Inn, all exceptional achievements for a woman in rural Australia in the 1800s. You can reflect on this fascinating history as you listen to the bird song and rest under the gracious canopies of the century-old Moreton Bay fig trees.
Max Wales Memorial Park
Located on the banks of the Mehi beside the Moree Services Club, this park pays tribute to the memory of one of Moree's gallant sons, Max Wales.
Max gave his life serving at the Battle of Long Tan, Vietnam. Eighteen roses are planted as a memorial to honour the eighteen brave young men who lost their lives in this notorious and heartbreaking battle.
The Max Wales Memorial Park demonstrates the continuing pride of the Shire people as they remember the sacrifice made by rural men and women who have served their country in times of conflict.
Featuring a flying fox, a spring rider, swings, climbers, a mini rock wall and a double slippery slide, Apex Park is the ideal place for the kids to have fun and work off some pent-up energy.
Soft fall ground cover cushions the landings and the entire playground is covered with a shade structure to shield children from the sun as they play. With safety in mind, the area has also been fully fenced so you can enjoy a lovely lunch at the free BBQs and covered tables knowing your children are safe from street traffic.
Apex Park is located on the corner of Gwydir and Edward Streets in north Moree.
Covering an extensive area in the central district of Moree, Jellicoe Park is bordered by the Mehi River. On the first Sunday of each month (excluding January), Jellicoe Park is a hive of activity as the Moree Markets flourish under the spreading branches of the magnificent eucalypts and jacarandas.
Starting at 8am, the markets are a must. You never know what treasure you may find in this beautiful park. As you stroll through Jellicoe Park you will note the paved walkway, Goanna Walk designed by Moree local, Tian Harris. Follow the goanna footprints until, resting around the raised garden bed, you'll discover Goanna, curled up ready for a nap.
Affectionately known locally as the Rocket Park, Kirkby Park is home to our fabulous, colourful 14.9 metre tall play rocket which was "launched" on July 11th 2009 by world renowned astronomer, Fred Watson, then Astronomer-in-Charge at the Australian Astronomical Observatory based in Coonabarabran.
The Big Rocket is an ideal place for the kids to play as you take a well-earned break from your travels. There is also play equipment specifically designed for those with disabilities.
Dwarfed by the Big Rocket, the much-loved, original, steel-construction rocket from 1972 still stands in Kirkby Park. Originally commissioned to commemorate the Centenary of Education, the original rocket was decommissioned in the 1990s due to changes in safety provisions but still stands today as a testament to an earlier era. At the southern end of Kirkby Park, you will find the architecturally historic
Moree Band Rotunda, a charming heritage-listed building which is still used to this day by the Moree & District Band Inc., one of the oldest continually-serving community bands in Australia having been established in 1885.
Moree Skate Park
Directly to the west from Kirkby Park lies the Moree Skate Park which has been purpose-built for the enjoyment of skaters and BMX riders of all ages and levels of ability. Equipment within the area includes a permanent concrete small bowl with flat banks, corner bowl, ramps and grind rails all on a concrete surface.
Everyone using the Moree Skate Park is required to wear Australian Standards helmets and safety gear.
Lyle Houlahan Park
Located beside the Moree Visitor Information Centre on the banks of the Mehi River, Lyle Houlahan Park honours the dedication and community service of Lyle Houlahan, OAM who served as a local Councillor for 15 years. The park includes outdoor seating and BBQs, ideal for use by travellers and visitors.
A stone plinth dedicated to the memory of Private Max Wales, 6th R.A.R (of Moree) and his 17 comrades who fell at the Battle of Long Tan, Vietnam on August 18th, 1966 stands beside a 1914 Trench Mortar and a 1943 Australian Artillery 25 Pound Howitzer. Together, these serve to honour all who have served their country in times of conflict and peace.
With expansive lawns and shady trees, Jacaranda Park makes an ideal area for all types of exercise from a gentle stroll to energetic activities. You'll often see a friendly game of footy or cricket underway on the broad greenery and under the covered shade structure, you'll find monkey bars, swings, a spring rider and climbers to keep the youngsters entertained. Located in Amaroo, a southern suburb of Moree, Jacaranda Park is accessed by Helensvale Avenue.
Moree Regional Botanical Gardens Inc.
The Moree Regional Botanical Gardens are gardens with a difference. Rather than being in one park-like location, this evolving garden lines the southern bank of the meandering Mehi River close to "Fairview", Moree's aged care facility and the Moree District Hospital.
A vibrant mural inspired by the work of local Indigenous Elder and Artist, Margaret Adams, adorns the wall of the Old Visitor Centre further to the east. Still in the early stages of development, the Moree Regional Botanical Gardens will ultimately feature extensive mature local vegetation and traditional Carved Trees of the Kamilaroi people.
Carved Trees are of particular significance to the local Indigenous people being both a record of their history and the embodiment of the Kamilaroi soul. In honour of the contribution of Indigenous Elder, Jim Stanley, the Jim has been established as part of the gardens. Visitors can ramble along the banks of the Meh Stanley Walki on this leafy walk towards the Moree Visitor Information Centre.