Introducing: Australia’s Country Music Capital
Tamworth is best known for its country music roots and as the host of the renowned Country Music Festival. But this electric rural town has so much more to offer as a holiday destination all year round. Check out our top picks of things to do in Tamworth and the surrounding region.
Our Guide to Tamworth
Jam Out At The Tamworth Country Music Festival
Counted among the World’s top 10 music festivals, the Tamworth Country Music Festival is a must do event. This annual music festival is held over 10 days and features some of the top names in country music. It is a celebration of country music culture and heritage, during which time the city comes alive with visitors from all over the country and worldwide. Make sure to book accommodation in advance as this is one festival you don’t want to miss.
Enjoy Family Time At Tamworth’s Regional Playground
Children of all ages can enjoy a day out at Tamworth's regional playground. Equipped with a skywalk, three giant slides, four towers, a bike track, junior and senior fitness circuits, a dual flying fox and a waterfall with a three metre sway bridge it truly has something for the whole family. Built alongside the bicentennial park, kids can ride along the paths and feed friendly ducks by the ponds.
Visit Big Golden Guitar and Country Music Hall of Fame
Two must do attractions, The Big Golden Guitar is a part of Tamworth’s visitor information centre complex, which includes a souvenir shop, National Guitar Museum, the Country Music Wax Museum and Strings $ Beans cafe. The 12 metre Golden Guitar is a replica of the Award presented to artists at the Country Music Awards. After your visit to the Big Golden Guitar venture five minutes down the road to the Australian Country Music Hall Of Fame which features an unmatched collection of memorabilia from Australia’s best country music artists.
Check Out The Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum
A must-see for all bike enthusiasts! The Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum houses a private collection of over 50 motorcycles in pristine condition from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. The collection features bikes from Ducati, Triumph, Honda, Velocette, Laverda and a limited edition F4 MV Agusta Serie ORO and a 1924 Harley Davidson postie bike.
Get Close To Nature At The Marsupial Park and Adventure Playground
The Marsupial Park and Adventure Playground is a perfect day out for the whole family. A native animal experience like no other in NSW, the 14 hectare park is free to enter and allows you to get close and personal with kangaroos, wallabies, cockatoos and emus. Within the park is a community built adventure playground which has an under 5 and over 5 play area.
Enjoy The Views Of Oxley Scenic Lookout
If you are a keen nature enthusiast then you will love the Oxley Scenic Lookout, which boasts views of the city and the Peel River Valley. Enjoy a leisurely hike amongst Tamworth’s jacaranda-lined white street to the top where you’ll have the best seat in town to watch the sunset. The facility includes a picnic area so you can enjoy a picnic of locally sourced goods while you take in the 180 degree views.
Go On A Horse Riding Adventure
Tamworth and Kootingal Horse Riding Adventures are a fully working cattle station that offers two-hour trail rides departing three times per day, seven days a week. Catering for novice to advanced riders you will enjoy exploring the famous trail ride which spans 1400 acres of the property along Mulla Creek with spectacular views. For families there is the “Swamp Oak Station Tour” that allows you to feed the cattle, visit the petting pen and take in the views.
Explore Nundle Woollen Mill
One of the last spinning mills still operating in Australia, Nundle Woollen Mill is a must-see for visitors to the Tamworth region. The Nundle Mill uses traditional spinning machinery, several pieces of which are nearly 100 years old. Take a guided tour of the Mill and get an understanding of the steps it takes to bring your favourite clothing items to life.
Paraglide at Fly Manilla
For the real adrenaline seekers among us experience the thrill of paragliding at Godfrey’s Manilla Paragliding School. Mt Borah is Australia’s only world class flying site, which boasts vast astro-turfed launches for nearly all directions and offers the highest level of safety for learning how to fly. The site offers ground handling paddock, low rope training, high flights, ridge soaring, thermalling and XC flying.
Grab a bite to eat at The Pig and Tinder Box
After a full day of exploring there is no better place to unwind and grab a feed than the Pig and Tinder Box. Located in a heritage-listed bank building in the heart of Tamworth, the Pig and Tinder Box was one of the first pubs in the region, established in 1848. Experience incredible cocktails, craft beers and boutique wines perfectly paired with shared plates and wood fired pizzas.