Moe is located in the Latrobe Valley between Trafalgar and Morwell, within a region where electricity generation and dairying are the main local industries.
The commercial heart of Moe is centred along tree-lined Moore Street which features a pedestrian-friendly section at the George Street end. Shops also extend along Albert Street, with supermarkets and large retailers towards the western end.
Moe is noted for its parks, gardens and recreational facilities. To the east of the shopping precinct are the town's attractive botanic gardens which Narracan Creek flows through. There are rose gardens located between the railway line and Lloyd Street near the High Street roundabout. The Joe Tabuteau Reserve, on Waterloo Road just to the west of the commercial centre, includes ovals and sporting facilities and is home to the Moe Racing Club. Playgrounds and picnic areas are located at neighbouring Apex Park and Lions Park. The Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve is a native forest on Coalville Road which covers almost 57 hectares. It is rich in birdlife and features a network of walking tracks and horse trails, picnic areas and a lake.
Lake Narracan, on the La Trobe River to the north of Moe, is the town's water playground. Originally built between 1959 and 1961 to provide cooling water for the Yallourn Power Station, this freshwater lake is a popular for activities such as water skiing, boating and fishing. Access to the southern part of the lake is along South Shore Road where there are several boat ramps and open areas overlooking the lake. At the western end of South Shore Road is Turras Beach. Extensive lawns front the lake at this designated swimming area and there is a large semi-circular jetty which extends into the water. At the eastern end of the lake is Halls Bay which is home to the Latrobe Valley Water Ski Club which hosts several ski competitions and events.
A scenic drive north of Moe is along Willow Grove Road which passes through rolling countryside on its route past Blue Rock Lake. Turn off at Spillway Road which provides access to the southern part of Blue Rock Lake. At the recreation area and boat ramp are picnic facilities, BBQs and shelters set within lawns overlooking the lake. Travel further along Spillway Road and along the top of the dam wall which has been built across the Tanjil River. Scenic views across the lake and down the spillway can be enjoyed from the embankment.
Moe is a handy base for exploring some of the attractions in the nearby area. The historic goldmining town of Walhalla is about an hour drive north-east of Moe, located in a deep ravine and offering a glimpse into the past. Nearby is Lake Thomson which supplies much of Melbourne's water supply. About 90 minutes by road to the north of Moe is Mount Baw Baw which a popular ski resort. South of Moe are the scenic Strzelecki Ranges which can be accessed via Mirboo North.