From bushwalking and fishing in spectacular Warrabah National Park to gliding above striking landscapes, the beautiful Tamworth region in northern NSW offers plenty of outdoor adventures. Spot koalas in Gunnedah, try gem fossicking, enjoy water sports, and picnic at pretty Horton Falls.
Adventure in the Tamworth region
Enjoy the natural beauty of the Tamworth region on an outdoor adventure, from bushwalking and canoeing in the magnificent Warrabah National Park to a thrilling joy flight in a sailplane. Fishing is popular on the beautiful rivers and you can see plenty of wildlife, such as the koalas in Gunnedah.
Horseriding is another delightful way to experience the pretty countryside of northern NSW. Harlow Park offers multiday treks on horseback in the splendid New England high country around Uralla, a charming historic town between Armidale and Tamworth, the country music capital of Australia.
The pristine Namoi River winds through the Warrabah wilderness, north of Tamworth. Campsites are available in the park and the waterway is excellent for fishing and canoeing. You might spot eastern grey kangaroos and red-necked wallabies. There are lovely picnic spots in the park, too.
You’ll find plenty more outdoor family attractions in the region. You can take the kids fossicking at Woolridge near Uralla and on the edges of the Peel River in Nundle, a lovely village on the Fossicking Way touring route southeast of Tamworth. Chaffey Dam is nearby and perfect for water sports.
The great outdoors beckons too in Barraba, a birdwatching paradise. Northwest of Tamworth, this enchanting town is near splendid Mount Kaputar National Park and Spit Rock Dam, an enticing waterway for fishing and boating. A scenic drive west is mighty Horton Falls, a gorgeous picnic area.
For a bird’s-eye view of the region, soar on various aerial adventures. Freedom Flights in Tamworth offers tandem microlight flights in one of the most manoeuvrable aircraft in the world. Between Tamworth and Gunnedah is the Lake Keepit Soaring Club, where you can glide in a tandem sailplane.
Paragliding is an exhilarating experience as well. You’ll relish tandem flights with Fly Manilla at Mount Borah, near riverside Manilla, a small town northwest of Tamworth on the Fossickers Way route. You can also learn how to paraglide on a nine-day live-in course at this world-class school.