Perched in the heart of Country NSW, Tamworth is renowned for being the country music capital of Australia. Each year, the bustling town hosts the ten-day Tamworth Country Music Festival, which is both the largest music festival in the southern hemisphere and one of the top ten festivals in the world. However, despite these close ties with country music (a relationship solidified by the construction of the famous 12m high Golden Guitar), there’s a lot more than music to discover in this culturally rich and naturally beautiful country town.
The breathtaking Tamworth region is dotted with pristine waterways and beautiful national parks, all offering ample opportunities for bushwalking, rock climbing, fishing, and bird watching. The landscape is also a kaleidoscope of agricultural ventures, with sheep, beef, grains, olives, nuts, honey and berries just a few of the industries flourishing in this rich farmland. The region has even staked its claim in the popular cool-climate wine scene, with recent years witnessing the rise of various boutique vineyards.
As a result of this top quality local produce, the Tamworth township is positively bursting at the seams with temping flavours and noteworthy restaurants. The diverse cuisine options include forays into Italian, Chinese, Mexican, French, Indian and traditional Australian, with dining choices ranging from steakhouses and pub grub through to fine dining. Michelin Star Chefs, national award winners and culinary Olympians are all in the mix, with fresh local produce allowed and encouraged to shine through.
Accommodation options are just as varied. Visitors can indulge at a charming bed and breakfast or spacious self-contained house, relax in affordable comfort at a caravan park, motel or guest house, or experience the picturesque countryside from a new angle at an authentic farm stay. All this is accessible by car, plane or train, and at only five hours from Sydney and seven hours from Brisbane, there’s nothing to do but breathe in that fresh country air.