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Tamworth welcomes over 50,000 visitors each January to its internationally acclaimed, ten day Telstra Country Music Festival.

Tamworth has a wealth of attractions for the traveller, the Tamworth Regional Botanic Gardens are a lovely viewpoint for our sunsets. There’s historical walks and scenic drives all designed to help you on your journey of discovery, not to mention the Country Music attractions, such as the Big Golden Guitar, Australian Country Music Foundation Musuem , and one of the city’s main Country Music attractions – Walk A Country Mile located in the guitar-shaped Information Centre. This musuem allows you to experience the story of Australian Country Music in a unique and interactive environment.

The city’s leafy heart has been growing – literally – in recent years. The Peel Street beautification project has seen the creation of paved walkways, welcome seating, palm trees, inviting street cafes and a large range of interesting stores to attract the casual browser or the serious shopper.

Day trips from Tamworth can take you all over this lovely part of the world, from Manilla – Australia’s premier site for hang gliding and paragliding to Nundle – where the trout are always tastier!

With over 50 motels, hotels, B & B’s, farm stays and caravan parks to choose from, it’s a great stopover on your way through and an even better place to base yourself for a few days of exploring the surrounding areas and attractions. After a day out, Tamworth will delight you with a great range of eateries, friendly cafes and multi award winning restaurants, topped off with our local wineries.

Aboriginal legend states that Tamworth is a “meeting place” – and people meet here for every reason – major sporting, equine, musical and trade exhibitions are part and parcel of Tamworth’s year round attraction.

Country music capital

Brush up on your line dancing and head to the Country Music Festival, without doubt Australia's premier country music event. Held every January, this 10 day celebration of music incorporates over 2,000 events, the majority of which are held free in clubs, pubs, and the streets and parks. A celebration of the Australian identity is how the Tamworth Country Music Festival can best be described.

Gone are the days when all country music sounded alike. These days ‘Country’ is mainstream and offers one of the broadest and most exciting musical styles around.

Visitors can enjoy some 2,000 events representing the many genres of country music. Choices range from contemporary to bush ballads along with bluegrass, bootscooting, busking, bush poetry, new talent, acoustic, country rock, gospel comedy and even a touch of Cajun.

There’s everything from the glamour of the Toyota Country Music Concert to sitting on a fold-up chair in the middle of beautiful Peel Street Boulevard and listening to festival buskers. You can buy a ticket to enjoy the star of your choice or do it all for nothing by attending a different free show just about every hour of the day.

From day one there’s plenty of action with the Opening Concert and Ceremony in Bicentennial Park. Following this are concerts in the Town Hall, major clubs and hotels, performed by leading country music artists. Major events include the awarding of the Golden Guitars and the Cavalcade of Stars.

The festival was launched by a small group of Tamworthians and is now attended by 40,000 plus visitors every year. Some are long time fans, an increasing crowd of others are brand new to the experience.

Whether you’re one of the faithful or one wishing to discover this magic event, Tamworth looks forward to welcoming you.

New England beauty

New England is a place of unique Australian landscapes, quiet country towns, regional cities, rich, pastoral lands and mountains that unfold into open plains. Rainforests, wild rivers, huge stone monoliths, blood red earth and copious wildlife are also features of this remarkable area. Known as Big Sky Country, New England is a place to immerse yourself in spacious beauty, inhale the magnificence around you and enjoy Australia’s big outdoors where the stars seem to touch the earth. Enjoy the cool summers in the tablelands, the rustic colours of autumn, the cosy hospitality in the winter or the crisp, fresh air in spring.

The major centres for New England are Australia’s country-music capital, Tamworth, and the university town of Armidale.

Tamworth is a big city in a country setting, typifying the spirit of country Australia. It holds the annual Carlton Country Music Festival, attracting hundreds of thousands of music fans.

Armidale, home of the University of New England, is surrounded by and wide stretches of farmland, exhilarating mountain scenery and boundless national parks.

Big Sky Country incorporates tens of thousands of hectares of national parks providing a base for horse riding, abseiling, fishing, fossicking, canoeing, bushwalking and other nature-based activities.

The World Heritage listed Barrington Tops and New England national parks fall within the region as do Cathedral Rock, Gibraltar Range, Oxley Wild Rivers, Boonoo Boonoo and Queen Mary Falls. Each park offers its own distinct flora and fauna, a rich natural history, and a multitude of breathtaking attractions and beauty.

But wherever you go, a warm country welcome awaits. Choose from farmstays, cabins or comfortable motels. Farmstays provide a complete family holiday, with a chance to ride horses, meet the animals or help with farm chores.

Activites and Experiences at Tamworth

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  • Convention Centre
  • Currency Exchange
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  • Golf
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  • Jetty
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  • National Park
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  • Rail Terminal
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  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Takeaway Food
  • Tennis Court
  • Visitor Centres
  • Winery

Nearest Airport: Tamworth (10kms)

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