Festivals & events
The Tamworth Country Music Festival in late January is a major draw for fiddle fiends. By the time you’ve evicted the tunes of Lee Kernaghan from your head, Moree on a Plate is around the corner, showcasing the best of the region through cooking classes, food and wine stalls and long lunches.
At Glen Innes, the Australian Celtic Festival is in full swing in late April and celebrates one of the Celtic nations each year.
Arts & culture
New England is filled to the brim with incredible art. In Armidale, visitors to the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) can admire a mix of contemporary artists, as well as heritage, works by Australian Impressionists like Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts.
Visitors who want a greater understanding of Indigenous culture are in luck. The Armidale and Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place preserves and promotes Aboriginal arts and culture, with art galleries and workshops onsite.
Nature & hot springs
Moree is more than worth the trip for its spectacular natural hot springs. Soak in the mineral-rich waters at the Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre, soothing tired muscles after a long drive.
Feeling refreshed? Then it’s time to explore the many national parks, with the drive into the region on Waterfall Way covering five alone! Eat a picnic lunch at Wollomombi Falls, the highest waterfalls in the state, at Oxley Wild Rivers National Park; or Ebor Falls at Guy Fawkes River National Park. And take your time walking among the Gondwana Rainforests in New England National Park.