Tamworth might be synonymous with golden guitars and cowboy boots, but take the chance to visit this regional hub and you’ll uncover a town full of surprises.
With stunning natural scenery, a busy events calendar and a reputation for showcasing local produce and wine, it comes as no surprise to hear Tamworth is one of the most popular destinations in inland NSW. While the (approximately) 50,000 people who flock to the city every year during the Country Music Festival can’t be wrong, visit Tamworth and you’ll discover its charm extends long after the festival buzz has died down. Despite being one of the larger regional centres in NSW, Tamworth has maintained its welcoming and friendly vibe - usually found in much smaller communities - making it the perfect place for a country escape.
The best thing about visiting Tamworth is that you are guaranteed to never run out things to keep you busy. The great outdoors are literally waiting right on Tamworth’s doorstep, meaning an abundance of activities including bushwalking, horse riding, fishing, boating, 4WDing, bike riding and fossicking are available for anyone wanting to experience this stunning landscape close up.
If you’d rather stay within the city limits, Tamworth has a thriving arts and culture community to enjoy. Home to a number of galleries, museums and theatres, visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking which exhibition, collection, show or performance to see. On top of all of this, Tamworth has emerged as a leading food and wine destination. The unique climates makes the conditions perfect for wine making, and strong agricultural focus has seen the production of local produce flourish. With so many gourmet food and wine options, you’ll need to extend your stay to try them all!
This iconic event, a stalwart presence on Australia’s music festival scene, has been running for 44 years and only continues to get bigger and bigger. Now the largest music festival in the Southern Hemisphere, it runs for 10 days during January, showcasing the talent of more than 800 artists. You can expect to see a mix of well-known performers and up-and-comers on the line-up, whilst also enjoying free outdoor concerts, market stalls, food stands and a family precinct. The festival concludes with the Golden Guitar awards, which honour outstanding achievement in country music. Trust us when we say, if you want to see Tamworth well and truly come alive – visit when the festival is on!
To really appreciate the natural beauty of the Tamworth region, you’ve got to visit Warrabah National Park. Travel north for just over an hour and you’ll reach the park, one of the only inland river parks in NSW. Deep gorges and jagged granite hills greet you upon arrival at the park, and with the mighty Namoi River flowing through; it makes for quite a spectacular sight. Warrabah NP is a campers paradise, with plenty of space to make yourself at home and enjoy the plethora of activities on offer. Bushwalking, 4WDing, canoeing and fishing are some of the popular, year-round options; while in summer, there’s nothing better than cooling off in one of the many swimming spots.
Established in 1919, Tamworth Regional Gallery remains one of the oldest galleries in NSW. Beginning with just 100 paintings by the artist John Salvana, the collection has continued to grow, now including the Regan Silverware Collection, various Australian landscape paintings and the Utopia Collection of works on paper and silk batiks. The gallery also has a long standing association with fibre textile art, with works dating back to the 1970s. The world-class facility received a facelift in 2014, and with exhibitions changing every 4 to 6 weeks, there is something new to see with every visit.
For the best view looking out over Tamworth, head to Oxley Lookout. Located at the top of White Street, just a 2km walk from the centre of town, the lookout also offers sweeping views of the Peel River Valley. The picnic and toilet facilities at the top are clean and well maintained, making it the perfect spot to sit back and relax as the sun sets over Tamworth. Oxley Lookout also links to the Kamilaroi walking track, which winds its way through the bushland of Marsupial Park and Flagstaff Mountain.
Tamworth, located in the heart of north-west NSW, is approximately 405km from its nearest capital city – Sydney.
Travelling along the M1 and then the New England highway, road-trippers can expect to reach Tamworth in 5 hours from Sydney. The new Hunter Expressway has also made it an even quicker journey from those travelling from Newcastle, who can now reach Tamworth in 3 hours.
Qantaslink and Virgin Australia have daily direct flights from Sydney to Tamworth Airport, which is 10km from the town centre.
You’re in luck when it comes to planning a trip to Tamworth, the town is alive and bustling year-round, with a jam-packed events, sporting and cultural calendar. You’ll be entertained no matter what time of the year you visit – so expect to have a full holiday itinerary.
The weather is also a major drawcard when it comes to visiting Tamworth. A warm climate means hot summers and mild winters, making Tamworth the perfect escape during the cold winter months. The occasional summer storm bringing heavy rainfalls isn’t unusual during the summer months, but rain during the rest of the year is generally quite minimal.
There’s no shortage of shopping facilities in Tamworth, with the most major being Centrepoint Tamworth. It houses the local cinema, bowling alley and theatre, and is where you can find all your leading retail brands. There is also a busy restaurant precinct within the centre.
You’ll also be able to easily stock up on groceries in Tamworth, with Coles, Woolworths and ALDI supermarkets located in the town centre.
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