From water skiing or canoeing on one of the region’s pristine rivers, to rock climbing in the Warrabah National Park, to panning for gold in the Peel River, the Tamworth region offers no shortage of opportunities to explore the great outdoors.
The two national parks in the area, Warrabah National Park and Mount Kaputar National Park, are ideal for bushwalking. Warrabah is one of the few inland river parks in NSW. Fishing, swimming, canoeing and bushwalking are all popular activities, and you can also camp. Mount Kaputar is a rugged and very beautiful national park, which is carpeted with gorgeous wildflowers throughout spring. The beautiful Horton Falls near Barraba, provide ideal swimming, photography and camping opportunities.
For birdwatching, head to Barraba on the Manilla River, or to one of the many bird routes around the greater Tamworth region. With over 240 species of birds in the Tamworth area, from emus to tawny frogmouths, it’s well worth exploring. Chaffey Dam, a great spot for a picnic, is also home to a wide variety of waterbirds, from wild ducks to hungry pelicans. Quipolly Dam, is a flora and fauna sanctuary well worth visiting to see its plentiful birds, such as the diamond firetail and the black-chinned honeyeater.
At Quirindi, known as the Gateway to the North West, you can see the spectacular sunflower fields from December to March. Nearby Gunnedah is also a must-visit - the self-proclaimed koala capital of the world. It’s one of the best places in NSW to see koalas in their natural habitat. For views of Gunnedah and surrounds, follow the Bindea Walking Track.
Check out the panoramic views of the Tamworth slopes and plains from the Oxley Lookout, where you can go for a bushwalk along one of the many walking trails. Visit Tamworth's Marsupial Park to see kangaroos, wallabies, possums, emus and echidnas, or enjoy a picnic in the pretty Botanic Gardens.