Tamworth Area

Highlights

Nature around Tamworth

Discover the natural beauty of the Tamworth region. 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.

  • Tamworth Country Music Festival
  • Catltle Muster, Quirindi

The Tamworth Region

The Tamworth region sits within the heart of the New England North West, 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 most of the region’s residents. Known as Australia's country music capital, it plays host to the iconic annual Tamworth Country Music Festival each January. 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 is known as a bit of 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 that focus on cool climate varieties. The highlight of the region’s food calendaris 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.

Less than an hour’s drive south east of Tamworth you’ll find historic Nundle, a former gold mining town with some beautifully preserved 19th century buildings. It also plays host to the second 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.

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.

Fly into Tamworth Airport

Tamworth Airport is 10 km from Tamworth’s town centre. Use the taxi services to make the short trip east. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

QantasLink operates direct flights daily to and from Sydney. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Tamworth.

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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.

Explore Tamworth Area