The Celtic Connection: Moree to Glen Innes

Many museums and galleries are nestled along the Gwydir Highway between Moree and Glen Innes. Take the opportunity to visit when traveling through New England/North West towards the coast.

Start at Moree Plains Gallery to see one of the most extensive Aboriginal art collections in regional New South Wales, made possible through significant gifts. In 1988 when the Gallery was inaugurated, a focus was the dedication of a space to the Kamilaroi people of Moree.

If you feel like heading off the beaten track turn right before you reach Warialda, head down Fossickers Way to the town of Bingara. This gorgeous little town is decorated with orange trees, planted as a living memorial to Bingara’s fallen in World Wars I and II. The Bingara Museum Complex includes numerous heritage buildings the earliest of which was the Post Office Hotel. Other buildings in the grounds include the relocated Boonda subsidised school and blacksmith shop, where the infamous bushranger ‘Thunderbolt’ regularly had his horse shod.

Moree and Glen Innes share a strong Celtic connection. The district's first European settlers, who arrived within 50 years of First Settlement, were mostly Scots and you can see this rich heritage at the Land of the Beardies Museum. The museum remembers the stockmen with long, flowing beards who roamed the vast plains of New England.

Back on the Gwydir Highway head to Inverell and check in at the Inverell Art Gallery a wonderful community hub housed in the century old School of Arts Hall.

Finally no visit to the areas is complete without checking out Glen Innes Art Gallery, backed by an enterprising group of volunteers, features works of local and regional artists and travelling exhibitions. 

Traveling by road between Moree and Glen Innes takes about two and a half hours. To find out more information about artist's trails in the area visit Country Art Escapes.

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