Australia’s country music capital packs out every January, when the Tamworth Country Music Festival comes to town, bringing with it a slew of the world’s best performers.
Camping & caravan parks
There’s not much that this massive holiday park doesn’t offer, from the slew of accommodation types to the extensive facilities. In addition to ensuite and powered sites, you can check in to bunk rooms plus one-bedroom cabins up to three-bedroom villas. And when you’re not out exploring the River Walk (you have access from your doorstep) or incredible Tamworth Regional playground, on-site facilities include a pool, playground, laundry room, barbecues and a camp kitchen.
Warrabah National Park is all dramatic gorges, massive granite boulders, calm pools and swelling Namoi River rapids. At the heart of it all you’ll find this tranquil campground, a great base to explore the best of the park while bushwalking, bird watching, swimming, canoeing and more. Cast in a line and catch your dinner, which you can prepare over the open fireplace and enjoy in a picnic area on the banks. Then fall asleep to the gurgling of the Namoi as it navigates boulders. Keep your eyes peeled for eastern grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies and even an elusive platypus or two.
Days spent at this holiday park, just a 45-minute drive from Tamworth, are never boring. Kids will love the range of facilities, from the water and skate parks to the BMX track, water-skiing and wakeboarding, as well as the tennis and volleyball courts. The fishing is great here too, with the boat ramp on your doorstep. Alternatively, just soak up the peaceful natural setting from your campsite or cabin. And feel free to bring Fido, too.
Farm stays & guesthouses
There are plenty of lush pastures around Tamworth. And Goonoo Goonoo makes the most of this on a working cattle station with incredible views over the rolling hills and the Liverpool Range. An impressive refurbishment of the 19th century heritage-listed and pastoral village been turned into luxury accommodation, with the station now home to seven private cottages that come with plenty of life’s little luxuries: heated swimming pool, tennis court, guest lounge, plush beds and linen, WiFi and even heated floors in the bathroom. Goonoo Goonoo also includes a purpose-built restaurant, focused on using local produce.
Set across 30 hectares on the outskirts of Tamworth, DAG Sheep Station was once part of a larger estate, and it still retains many of the historic buildings including the original woolshed, worker's cottages, shearer’s quarters and mess hall. Accommodation across the buildings ranges from shared quarters to private cottages, each with every creature comfort you could want. There’s also a licensed bar with open fires and spit-roast catering available.
When your stay is all about location, location, location, it’s hard to beat Plumes – check in here and you’re just 200 metres from The Golden Guitar Visitor Information Centre in the heart of Tamworth. This boutique bed and breakfast provides accommodation with access to beautiful gardens and a shared lounge; some rooms have a private patio or veranda, all have air conditioning and a seating area. If you’re a golf fan, look no further – rooms here overlook the Longyard Golf Course.
A short drive from Tamworth, Hillside Farmstay gives you the chance to pitch your tent on a working farm. The estate couldn’t get more scenic, with views across the valley that overlook paddocks of mares and foals, with plenty of walking trails into the hills and through pastures. There’s a good array of amenities on offer as well, including flushing toilets, outdoor and indoor showers, fresh water and a bar where you can access the fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, and outdoor seating. The best bit? Dogs are welcome, on a lead.
Tamworth’s only five-star hotel caters to groups of all sizes, thanks to being comprised of a range of rooms, suites, and one-and two-bedroom apartments. Spacious rooms are an earthy combination of natural wood and jewel tones, while larger accommodations come with kitchens and living areas, for those looking to linger and self cater. Facilities range from multiple restaurants to a gym, outdoor pool, sauna, guest laundry and barbecue area.
If you love a little art deco flair, look no further than CH Boutique Hotel, located in the heart of Tamworth’s CBD. Overside rooms and suites are pared back but classy in design, with perks like private balconies so you can watch Tamworth go by – some also come with spa baths. For those wanting a little extra space, opt for the two- and three-bedroom apartments kitted out with kitchens. There’s a restaurant on the premises, but you’re also only a five-minute walk from a variety of shops, dining options and Tamworth’s cinema.
Enjoy a stylish stay in supreme solitude at Studio 367, which offers just two open-plan accommodations, each with timber flooring, hand-crafted furniture and plenty of natural light – think elements of timber and glass, concrete and steel to create a modern clean space that feels warm and luxurious. Every amenity you could wish for is available: a king bed, kitchenette, a unique curved shower and garden surrounds, providing a little leafy oasis within easy reach of Tamworth’s CBD.
On a budget & family friendly
For just $140 a night at Andy’s you get a spacious room with a queen and single bed, 1,000-threadcount sheets, an ensuite, and access to a whole range of communal facilities, including musical instruments, free Wi-Fi, a kitchen and a help-yourself breakfast starring free-range eggs from the chooks that life on the estate. Bargain! The property is in Barraba, just an hour’s drive from Tamworth proper.
Travelling with a group or a big clan? This spacious property features four bedrooms and two bathrooms, all surrounded by hectares of land for the kids to run around on. You’re fully self-contained here, which means a well-stocked kitchen, living area and dining room are at your disposal. Plus, you’re just an eight-minute drive from the heart of Tamworth.
If you want to ditch the car for the duration of your stay in Tamworth, you’ve come to the right place. You’re just a two-minute walk from the town’s top restaurants and attractions, making this an easy, convenient and well-priced base. While rooms are no fuss, they are newly renovated and come with everything you need for a comfortable stay, including basic cooking facilities and free Wi-Fi.
This stylish hotel features design-driven rooms that could be featured in a glossy magazine – think ultra-plush mattresses, crisp white linens and oversized fluffy towels. This is all complemented by a dreamy saltwater pool, spa and barbecue area, where you’re welcome to hang out with your pooch – just get in early, as there are only two pet-friendly rooms. And you’re in the heart of Tamworth, so walking it the best way to get around.
Strap in your four-legged friend and get set for a cosy weekend away in Tamworth at Roydons, a 13-unit motel within 12 minutes walk of the city centre. All units are ground floor with parking outside, which makes it ideal for you to holiday here with Fido. Families will also love the on-site swimming pool and barbecue facilities, as well as the option to order a café-style breakfast.
There’s a mix of accommodation available at this holiday park, from unpowered and powered tent, caravan and camper van sites, to cabins with configurations from one to three bedrooms, sleeping from two to six people, with all modern conveniences including well-appointed kitchens, bathrooms and comfortable separate living areas. There’s a pool and barbecue area, as well as plenty of grassy space for you to take your four-legged friend for a stroll.