Tamworth, NSW: Destination Guide

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Immerse yourself in the Australian heart of country music in the vibrant town of Tamworth.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Tamworth or find and book accommodation inTamworth today.

About Tamworth

The Tamworth region is one of the most luxuriant country landscapes in Australia. Located in the New England region of NSW, the town is a thriving agricultural hub and the birthplace of Australian country music. The city is the lively heart of the area providing visitors and locals alike with countless dining and entertainment options. Meanwhile, the surrounding areas which make up Tamworth Country provide the chance to relax in the tranquillity of the countryside.

Things to do in Tamworth

Tamworth has a range of sights and attraction worth visiting. The woodlands of Oxley Park are free to enter, and offer superb views of Tamworth city, Peel River and Liverpool Plains from the John Oxley Lookout. The area provides barbecue facilities so you can make a day of it. Just a few hundred metres out of Tamworth lands you in the countryside, so why not take a drive to explore the country landscape and rugged bushland. Those wanting to explore Tamworth city should pack a picnic and head to Anzac Park which offers children’s play areas or check out the quaint Le Pruneau organic market held each Saturday.

Attractions in Tamworth

Tamworth Country Music Festival

The area is renowned for the Tamworth Country Music Festival which includes over 3,000 different performances and gigs over 10 days in January. The annual celebration is the largest music festival in the southern hemisphere and includes the Country Music Awards of Australia where the cream of the country music scene gathers to see who will pick up the famous Golden Guitar awards. The Tamworth Country Music Festival also includes a host of free music entertainment; Peel Street alone plays home to over 600 buskers during the festival.

Horton Falls

During the wet season, the Horton Falls are a must see. Nestled above the Barraba region, there are two vantage points to take in the spectacular 83 metres-high waterfall. 

Big Golden Guitar

Australia is famous for its ‘big’ icons and Tamworth visitors will be able to get a photo with the 12 metres high Big Golden Guitar located 5kms from Tamworth City CBD. The complex also includes a wax museum depicting the most notable of country music stars. To learn more about the country music scene head to Walk a Country Mile Museum or the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame.

Powerstation Museum

Interestingly, Tamworth was the first municipality in Australia to have electric street lighting; visit the Powerstation Museum for fascinating interactive displays recording the history of electricity.

Getting to Tamworth

Located inland of Port Macquarie, Tamworth is about 410km from Sydney.

By car

The drive from Sydney to Tamworth will require about four hours and forty five minutes, via the Pacific Motorway and New England Highway.

By air

Direct flights operate between Sydney and Tamworth, taking about one hour.

When to visit Tamworth

Tamworth is located on the foot of the Great Dividing Range on the banks of the Peel River. Expect rainfall all year round in particular in December and January which bring summer storms and are prone to flooding. Snow is rare in Tamworth itself but has been experienced in areas such as Nundle in the height of winter.

Where to stay in Tamworth

Tamworth boasts a wide range of accommodation options to suit any budget. For more accommodation options in and around Tamworth, click here.

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