Home to spectacular national parks, delicious food and wine experiences and Australia’s country music capital, the Tamworth region has lots of appeal, all year-round. Discover thrilling rodeo, meet local koalas and join in the fun of a world-famous country music festival.
The Tamworth Country Music Festival in January attracts star performers and tens of thousands of fans to vibrant Tamworth, the heart of the region and Australia’s city of lights. Tamworth was the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to switch on electric street lights on 9 November 1888.
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. The 10-day Taste Tamworth Festival in April showcases the region’s produce, cool-climate wines and restaurants.
Check out the events calendar for more festivals and shows, or a rodeo at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre, which is one of the finest equine venues in the world. Places to stay range from camping and caravanning to heritage pubs, guesthouses, motels and farm stays.
Or pitch a tent in the splendid Warrabah National Park, where you’ll enjoy bushwalking, and fishing and canoeing on the Namoi River. Camping, fishing and boating are also popular at Chaffey Dam, north of Nundle. Split Rock Dam, near Barraba, is a bird-watching paradise.
The whole family will love getting up close to joeys and other friendly animals at the Tamworth Marsupial Park and Adventure Playground. In Gunnedah, you can see koalas in their natural habitat. Other family attractions include gem fossicking and splashing about in the Lake Keepit Water Park.