Life comes with a distinct twang in Tamworth, the spiritual home of Australian country music. Visitors pour into this regional hub in the state’s north-east every autumn for the world-famous music festival, but you’ll also discover a region that takes its culture, history and food seriously, and where a warm country welcome is never far away.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fly into Tamworth Regional Airport
Tamworth Regional Airport is 10km from Tamworth’s town centre. Make the short trip into the city using the taxi services at the terminal or ride-sharing Uber. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.
Qantas operates direct flights between Sydney and Tamworth daily, and Link Airways operates direct flights between Tamworth and Brisbane six days a week.
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