Australia’s country music capital has it all: world-class music, delicious food and wine, fascinating heritage and thrilling rodeo. Located in the New England region of NSW, Tamworth is home to a 12-metre high Golden Guitar and one of Australia’s largest music festivals.
The famous Tamworth Country Music Festival runs over 10 days in January, while the Hats Off To Country Music Festival is in July. Find country music memorabilia at the Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre and the handprints of over 300 stars at the Country Music Hands of Fame Park.
Other things to do and see include discovering the town’s rich cultural scene at the Tamworth Regional Gallery. Explore nearby historic towns on scenic drives through the pretty countryside; and enjoy bushwalking, fishing, horse riding and paragliding in the great outdoors.
Kids will love getting up close to kangaroos, wallabies and other friendly animals at the Tamworth Marsupial Park and Adventure Playground. Another fun spot for kids is the Tamworth Regional Playground, where there are flying foxes, a skywalk, bike track and splash pad.
You can get to Tamworth by car, train or plane. Places to stay include riverside camping, a youth hostel, cottages, hotels and motels. You can even spend the night in a beautifully refurbished colonial pastoral village at Goonoo Goonoo Station, a working cattle station.
With green pastures and fertile soils, the Tamworth region grows ample produce. You can enjoy some of the local bounty at a range of restaurants and the annual 10-day Taste Tamworth Festival in April, which celebrates the region’s fresh produce and cool climate wines.
On top of the fun food and music events, Tamworth is home to one of Australia’s biggest equine centres. The spectacular Australian Stock Horse Society National Show is held in March, and watch the agile riders and horses in the National Cutting Horse Association’s Futurity competition in May and June.