Moree Artesian Aquatics Complex
22 October 13
The vast artesian basin that lies underneath a huge portion of eastern Australia is tapped for agricultural irrigation … and recreation! We spent a day at the newly refurbished Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre to play in the geothermal pools.
Our day here is the culmination of a discussion we had while visiting Byron Bay earlier this month. The girls wanted to go swimming, but they found the water too cold to enjoy for very long. “Can’t we go to a hot pool?” they asked, and so I turned the bus inland and drove towards Moree.
Our family has been to these pools before, but when we visited, it was before $7million was spent on completely redesigning the complex. The renovations were completed in September last year, and the new patina hasn’t worn off yet. I hardly recognised the place as we walked through the door. Although we’re in a remote country town, the glossy finishings made me think we were back in the city!
The complex is great, and we spent the whole day playing together in the water. Overall, I thought the entry fee (we paid $50 for a day pass) was too much, especially as that cost doesn’t include the slide or the attached spa facilities.
At a price like that, we couldn’t visit more than one day, although I’ve since considered that perhaps a local caravan park with attached artesian hot pools could have been a more affordable option for our family. Moree is worth a return visit, especially now that we know about the rocket park, but I’ll be investigating other options for our hot pool playing.