18 December 2015
The largest country music festival in the southern hemisphere is getting ready to rock Tamworth, the country music capital of Australia from 15-24 January 2016. The Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth 2016 will showcase an incredible program of country music with over 700 performers and 2,800 shows taking place across 120 different venues. Held over 10 days, the Festival will feature performances from some of the biggest names in country music including Kasey Chambers, Shannon Noll and Brothers 3.
The laidback country town of Tamworth in Country NSW is the ideal destination for a short break over the festival, with national parks, fishing, horse riding, fossicking and great local produce on offer in the city and wider region. Here are five reasons to visit Tamworth and surrounds for the Toyota Country Music Festival in January:
1. Uncover country music history: With trail maps available from the Tamworth Visitors Information Centre, you’ll be taking a trip through country music history in no time. Our picks are the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame with 40 exhibits of memorabilia from country music greats, the Gallery of Stars Wax Museum and don’t forget to take a selfie in front of the Big Golden Guitar
2. Fossicking fun: Located just a 60 minute drive from Tamworth, you’ll fall in love with the historic gold mining village of Nundle. With great local cafes, antique stores and delicious baked goods at the Nundle Craft Inc weekly farmers market, you’ll find plenty to do in town. For a true Nundle experience, have a go at fossicking for gems and gold in the Peel River or fish for trout at specialist trout farm Arc-en-ciel
3. It’s a family affair: With a ten-day program of family street music, dedicated children’s concerts, carnival rides and more, the festival environment is perfect for the entire family. Tamworth also boasts a brand new state-of-the art regional playground, Marsupial Park and adventure playground, Miniature Railway and is just an hour away from the koala capital of Australia, Gunnedah
4. Fly high in Manilla: Rated as one of the world’s best locations for paragliding, sky sailing and hang-gliding, Mount Borah at Manilla is the ultimate destination for thrill seekers. Located on the Fossickers Way touring route, ‘Fly Manilla’ was once home to the Paragliding World Championships and is regarded as one of the world’s safest flying sites led by leading pilot and world distance record holder Godfrey Wenness
5. What goes on tour stays on tour: Regarded as one of the top scenic drives in NSW, Fossickers Way is well worth experiencing for its wooded hills, open green pastures and fertile valleys. For a day-trip touring adventure through Country NSW, sections of the drive can be explored from Tamworth, Manilla, Barraba and through to Bingara.