Moonbi is about 21 km north of Tamworth on the New England Highway at the foot of the Moonbi Ranges. When you reach the village of Moonbi travel 6 km. up the 1st Moonbi Hill to the road which turns right at the foot of the Moonbi Park Lookout Road. It is a short road that connects the northbound traffic lane with the southbound traffic lane. It appears to fall from the northbound lane to the southbound lane.
WARNING. You are on a public road! Obey all traffic signs and rules. Where there are hills there are blind spots. Always bring someone to watch for other traffic. Never try the hill when the road is wet and slippery or during inclement winter weather conditions.
With caution, position your car at a "bottom" of the hill and put your car in neutral. Take your foot off the brake and you will experience the thrill of your car climbing the hill by itself. Always be aware of other traffic.
After trying this natural phenomenon you may question it's causes. Well, we don't want to disappoint you, but whether it is called a Magnetic Hill, Gravity Hill, Mystery Hill or Electric Brae it is an optical illusion. It has nothing to do with magnetic fields, electricity or unknown forces working along mysterious lines.
Moonbi is part of Parry Shire, New South Wales. The village is renowned as a centre for the poultry industry. It is the largest poultry producing area in the state outside of Sydney. A few kms further north of Moonbi along the highway, at the top of the first Moonbi Range, is the entrance to the Moonbi Lookout. A huge granite boulder provides some beautiful views over the valley below.
New South Wales is Australias most populated state with over 6.2 million inhabitants. The state houses the countries largest and arguably the countries most well known city; Sydney. This is a place where over 3.25 million Australians call home. The state's area totals 802,000 square kilometres.
New South Wales has wonderful scenery incorporating western plains, mountains and coastal views.
The coastal region running from Queensland to Victoria is the home to many beaches, coastal lakes and National Parks. The Great Dividing range runs parallel to this, hosting the Blue Mountains, the Snowy Mountains, the wineries of the Hunter Valley and the New England Tablelands. This then leads into the farming land and dry western slopes, which in total occupies two thirds of the whole state.
There are two main highways leaving the lively city of Sydney. The Pacific Highway leads north to many magnificent beaches and pretty coastal towns. Heading north from Sydney you will come across the beautiful Port Stephens, which is less than a two and a half hour drive away from Sydney, great for dolphin watching, fishing and exploring the Hunter.
The Princes Highway leads south towards the quieter coastal regions. There are also two main rivers; the Murray and the Darling. The climate is generally hotter the further north, dryer the further west and colder the further south. This makes it ideal for surfing, skiing, and bushwalking.
The state is packed with history, mostly concerned with the gold rush, although just as significant was the brutality of the penal settlement. New South Wales is also the original landing of Captain Cook.
The first European settlement was built in 1788 at the Sydney Harbour where Captain Arthur Phillip arrived with 11 sailing ships. Captain Cook had originally planned on setting up a colony at Botany Bay, although Captain Arthur Phillip decided on the more suitable Port Jackson (better known as Sydney Harbour). Tank Stream (Circular Quay) was home to the first white settlement in Australia, and from then on further development occurred around Sydney's natural harbour.
Moonbi. From Moonbi Lookout
The Pacific Highway. From Moonbi Lookout
| Moonbi photographs used with permission. © 2003 R. J. (Bob) Burling.