Attractions & events
The feather in the city’s cap, Tamworth Country Music Festival is the second biggest festival of its kind in the world. It takes place over the course of 10 days each January, welcoming country music talent from across the country, who come to play ticketed shows and to busk. Country music fans that don’t time their visit to coincide with the festival can instead stop for a photo op with the Big Golden Guitar or swing by the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame. Neighbouring Quirindi hosts a rodeo every February.
Each April, the city also hosts the month-long Taste Tamworth Festival, which includes pop-up bars and one-off long lunches, plus plenty of live music.
Those in search of a little culture should try the Tamworth Regional Art Gallery – one of the oldest in NSW.
Nature & outdoor activities
Tamworth and its surrounds are prime territory for outdoorsy adventures. Go bushwalking, swimming or fishing in Warrabah National Park. Get out and about on horseback on a vast local cattle station. Or take a trip up to Oxley Scenic Lookout and explore some of the walking tracks, accessible from the car park, including the Kamilaroi Walking Track.
Day trip to historic towns
The New England region is chock full of charming country towns. Take a day trip to tiny Nundle, a historic mining village that’s home to one of Australia’s last working woollen mills; it’s also a stop on the Fossickers Way touring route. Visit the railway town of Werris Creek, with its heritage-listed station. Swing by Uralla, known for its gold rush history and indigenous heritage, as well as its boutique wineries. Or stop in at Gunnedah, on the banks of the Namoi River.
Kamilaroi man Len Waters leads a number of tours in the region, which delve deeper into the local Aboriginal culture. Tours can be tailored to meet your needs, and include bushwalks, Dreamtime stories, and insights into bush foods, bush medicine and even Kamilaroi astronomy.