The Tamworth Region covers 9,653.25 square kilometres, with a population of over 58,000. From the Nandewar Range north of Barraba, to the head of the Peel River and the Great Dividing Range, Tamworth Region is one of the most progressive and exciting places in inland Australia. It combines country living with city style, history, sport and culture. The region is about three times the size of Sydney basin or the same area as Lake Eyre. Approximately three quarters of the region's population lives within the city of Tamworth with the balance residing in the small townships of Manilla, Barraba, Kootingal, Nundle, and the villages of Attunga, Bendemeer, Dungowan, Duri, Moonbi, Somerton, Woolbrook and Woolomin, and various rural localities.
Tamworth is the Australian Country Music Capital and home to the largest Country Music Festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Don't be fooled though, there's much more to the city!
Tamworth is a beautiful, vibrant and prosperous regional city, approximately 500km north of Sydney and 600km south of Brisbane; the city covers 184 square kilometres. Tamworth is the "capital city" of the New England North West region of NSW, serving around 182,000 people. The city also has an extensive repertoire of attractions from the natural wonders of Mother Nature to its cultural and artistic offerings, as well as top restaurants showcasing regional produce and wine, culminating in a 10-day festival. Tamworth has many star attractions year round including the award winning Walk a Country Mile Museum exhibit at the Tamworth Visitor Information Centre, the Australian Country Music Foundation Museum featuring some of Australia's best loved artists and the Gallery of Stars Wax Museum to see favourite stars immortalised in wax. Also the bronze cast Country Music Legends busts in Bicentennial Park, Peel Street and Galaxy of Stars where top artists are honoured with a star in the footpath, at the entrance to the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre. Paragliding and hang-gliding from Mount Borah, Manilla and the Marsupial Park in Tamworth are two of the more unusual pursuits catered for in the region.
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Tamworth Country Music Festival
All roads lead to Tamworth in January for the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival. It's Australia's largest music festival and one of the top 10 music festivals in the world. The variety of country music is endless during the festival with over 800 performers and 4,000 shows across 120 different venues. There are over 600 buskers in Peel Street alone, providing a diverse range of entertainment each day – it's no wonder the event attracts over 55,000 visitors.
The pinnacle event of the festival is The Golden Guitars - Country Music Awards of Australia, when the who's who of Australian country music gathers with country music fans to see who will win the famous Golden Guitars. The Awards are held on the second Saturday of the festival at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (locally referred to as TRECC).
Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre
Tamworth has positioned itself as a major events destination. The Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre is the largest of its kind in regional Australia, the impressive Australian Equine and Livestock Centre and a performing arts centre in the CBD.
The Big Golden Guitar
The Golden Guitar is an Australian and Tamworth icon that stands on the New England Highway to the south of the town. Officially opened by Slim Dusty and Paul Crombie in 1988, the guitar has since featured in many films, TV documentaries and commercials and is a tribute to Tamworth's reputation as the heart of Australian country music. There is also the Gallery of Stars Wax museum, the National Guitar Museum, Tamworth Visitor Information Centre and a café located on site. The Golden Guitar is accessible 7 days a week 24 hours a day and the Visitor Centre and other attractions are open 7 days a week 9am- 5pm.
The Australian Country Music Hall of Fame
The Australian Country Music Hall of Fame is run by the Australian Country Music Foundation who aims to collect, preserve and display Australia's country music heritage. The museum holds archives that include written material, sound recordings and artifacts, the Walk A Country Mile exhibit, the Broadcasters Hall of Fame and an exhibit of The Eric Watson Literary Award. The Hall of Fame provides a permanent Country Music Archive and Resource Centre that highlights Country Music's rich heritage.
Calala Cottage originally built by Tamworth's First Mayor in 1875, now houses a museum that displays Tamworth's local history. Items on display range from Aboriginal artefacts to the establishment of Tamworth as a city and hold bequests from notable local families and The Shepherd's Hut which is Tamworth's oldest building. The Cottage is open Thursday and Friday 2pm- 4pm and Saturday and Sunday 1pm-4pm.
Oxley Scenic Lookout and Kamilaroi Walking Tract
The Oxley Scenic Lookout provides panoramic views of Tamworth and Peel River Valley and is the base camp for the Kamilaroi Walking Track. The challenging 5.5km return track passes through bushland surrounding Oxley Park, Marsupial Park, the Oxley Lookout and Flagstaff Mountain.
90 km north of Tamworth, in Northern NSW along the Fossickers
Way, Barraba is situated on the Manilla River, in the heart of the Nandewar Ranges. The
1510 metre high Extinct Volcano, Mount Kaputar lies to the west, the Geological
and Fossicking area of the Peel Fault to the east. Whilst
here you can visit Adam’s Lookout renowned for being the vantage point used to
locate the Barraba Station. The lookout has amazing views of the station and
Barraba town site located just 5km north of Barraba.