A large town administered by the Moree Plains Shire local government area in northern New South Wales, Moree is situated 273 kilometres northwest of Tamworth, 378 kilometres northeast of Dubbo, 214 kilometres northeast of Walgett, 479 kilometres southwest of the Queensland capital of Brisbane and 623 kilometres northwest of the state capital of Sydney. The town proper is at the centre of several major highways – Carnavon Highway, Gwydir Highway and Newell Highway – and houses the Moree Plains Shire Council. Prior to European settlement, the area was inhabited by the Kamilaroi Aboriginal people, and grew as squatters began establishing pastoral runs within the vicinity. The town’s name is believed to be a Kamilaroi term for either “rising sun” or “long waterhole.”
Moree was declared as a town in 1862 and land sales followed later in the year. Development continued until Moree became a municipality in 1890, the heritage-listed Federation-style land office was constructed in 1894, and the railway line from Sydney was established in 1897. Today, Moree is recognized as a major agricultural centre known for its contribution to the country’s cotton-growing industry, which began in the early 1960s. The town also attracts visitors with a number of sites within and around it, the highlights of which include a Heritage and Art Deco Guided Walk and the mineral-rich Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.
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