Tamworth Area


Nature around Tamworth

Discover the natural beauty of the Tamworth region. The surrounding country towns, such as Nundle, Manilla, and Barraba are charming, and Lake Keepit, not too far away, is great for camping and fishing for golden perch. The two national parks in the area, Warrabah National Park and Mount Kaputar National Park, are perfect for bushwalking, and spectacular views can be seen from Hanging Rock Lookout.

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The Tamworth Region

The Tamworth region sits within the heart of North West NSW, encompassing Nundle, Manilla, Gunnedah, Barraba, Quirindi and the city hub of Tamworth. It’s an area renowned for its country hospitality and natural beauty.

Tamworth itself is home to around three quarters of the region’s residents and is known as Australia's country music capital, playing host to the iconic annual Tamworth Country Music Festival each January, and year-round a visit to the Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre is a must. Interestingly, Tamworth is also known as Australia’s ‘first city of lights’, as it was the first place in Australia to use electric lights in 1888.

The Tamworth region has a packed events calendar, and is also known as a food and wine hub due to its agriculture industry, which produces beef, sheep, poultry, grains and dairy. It's also an emerging wine region, with more than 20 cellar doors in the New England region focussing on cool climate varieties. The highlight of the region’s food calendar is the Taste Tamworth festival held In April, showcasing the region’s top restaurants, produce, and wine during 10 days of food and wine focused events. A highlight of the New England wine region, Dobson’s Distillery houses the Eastview Estate cellar door, as well as a brewery hip, speakeasy style bar where you can enjoy local wines, beers and spirits. You can try local goats cheeses and meet the friendly goats at Sunhill Dairy Goats Farm.

Less than an hour’s drive south east of Tamworth you’ll find historic Nundle, a former gold mining town. It also plays host to the third largest festival in the region, the Nundle Go for Gold Chinese Easter Festival, which celebrates the town’s gold mining past and the valuable contribution of the Chinese miners who shaped the town. Check out nearby Chaffey Dam, a great spot for a walk or a picnic, and Sheba Dams, ideal for rainbow trout fishing.

Nearby Barraba on the Manilla River is a well-known spot for bird watching. You can follow the Barraba Track to the summit of spectacular Mount Kaputar (an extinct volcano), or head to the stunning Horton Falls. At Quirindi, you can admire the spectacular sunflower fields from December to March, and be sure to stop by the town of Gunnedah to see koalas in their natural habitat.

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Discover the natural beauty of the Tamworth region.

It’s charming surrounding country towns, food and wine, events, country music, adventure and family fun is a testament to Tamworth’s status as Capital of Country.

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Local areas

  • Barraba Barraba is a birdwatcher's paradise. Spot the rare Regent Honeyeater on one of the region's 14 bird routes.
  • Gunnedah Welcome to koala country! This bustling historic town is the self-proclaimed koala capital of the world.
  • Nundle The historic village of Nundle lies 60 km south-east of Tamworth.
  • Quirindi Quirindi is famous for its vast fields of sunflowers that erupt in a blaze of colour from December to March.
  • Tamworth Discover country music, year-round entertainment, glorious countryside, and sublime food and wine in Tamworth.
  • Uralla At Uralla, revisit the gold rush days of the 1850s and stop by Thunderbolt's Grave.