While tourists flock to the region in January for its world-famous country music festival, the Tamworth region in northeast NSW has a lot more to offer throughout the year. Explore the area's national parks, dams and waterfalls; go on a horseriding trek; and make the most of the wide open spaces and natural beauty.
Tamworth Country Music Festival
The Tamworth Country Music Festival brings local and international musicians, and hundreds and thousands of fan together for a vibrant 10-day festival in Tamworth, the heart of the region. The action-packed events calendar features many other festivals, shows and cultural attractions in the district.
Things to do
The Tamworth Information Centre at the Big Golden Guitar is the perfect pit stop if you want tips on discovering this beautiful part of Country NSW. From Tamworth, take a scenic drive through the countryside to visit the area's historic towns including Nundle, Werris Creek, Uralla and Gunnedah, where you can meet local koalas.
Experience a country rodeo at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre, one of the finest equine venues in the world. For something tamer, meet joeys and other friendly animals at the Tamworth Marsupial Park and Adventure Playground. Other family attractions include gem fossicking and splashing about in the Lake Keepit Water Park.
The area is home to spectacular national parks. In Warrabah National Park, go bushwalking and camping by the Namoi River, which is also a great spot of fishing and canoeing. Chaffey Dam, north of Nundle, is another local camping, fishing and boating destination. Split Rock Dam, near Barraba, is a bird-watching paradise.
Eat and drink
From the fertile Liverpool Plains around Quirindi to the New England High Country vineyards near Uralla, the area is one of Australia’s richest agricultural regions, boasting delicious food and wine experiences. One of the most popular is the 10-day Taste Tamworth Festival in April, showcasing the region’s produce, cool-climate wines and restaurants.
Getting there and where to stay
The Tamworth region is a five-hour drive north of Sydney and seven hours from Brisbane. There is also a daily direct train and the journey takes just over six hours. Or fly into Tamworth Regional Airport and hire a car to explore the area. Places to stay range from camping and caravanning to heritage pubs, guesthouses, motels and farm stays.