Australia’s country musical capital is a wonderful destination at any time of the year. In beautiful New England region of NSW, Tamworth is home to the world-famous Tamworth Country Music Festival and other music events, delicious food and wine, splendid heritage and thrilling rodeo.
You’ll find plenty of memorable things to do and see, from one of the biggest music festivals in the world in January to the intimate Hats off to Country Music Festival in July and the 12-metre high Golden Guitar. The Hands of Fame Park contains the handprints of over 300 country music stars.
Check out the country music memorabilia at the Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre. The rich cultural scene extends to the Tamworth Regional Gallery. You can visit historic towns on scenic drives in the pretty countryside and enjoy bushwalking, fishing, horseriding and paragliding in the great outdoors.
The kids will be thrilled getting up close to kangaroos, wallabies and other friendly animals at the Tamworth Marsupial Park and Adventure Playground. Another fun spot for the kids is the Tamworth Regional Playground, where there are flying foxes, a skywalk, a bike track and a cooling splash pad.
Getting to Tamworth is easy by car, train or plane. Places to stay suit various budgets, from riverside camping and caravanning to a youth hostel, cottages, hotels and motels. You can even stay 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 bountiful produce. Treat yourself to delectable experiences, including a fine range of restaurants. The annual 10-day Taste Tamworth Festival in April celebrates the region’s fresh produce, cool-climate wines and other delights.
On top of the fun food and music events, Tamworth is one of Australia’s biggest equine centres and the spectacular Australian Stock Horse Society National Show is held in March. For more exhilarating horseriding action, marvel at the National Cutting Horse Association’s Futurity competition in May.