Tamworth is famously the home of country music in Australia. It’s also home to vineyards, warm rural hospitality and some of the freshest farm-to-plate experiences in the land.
This region lives and breathes country music - with museums full of artist memorabilia, a year-round concert calendar and the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival attracting visitors from all over the country every January.
Look beyond the music and you’ll find another side to this New England city. One with clear skies filled with stars stretching over verdant fields, produce shopped from farm-gates and the remnants of a rich gold-mining history.
Dust off your boots and find a piece of Tamworth that truly inspires you.
- Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Tamworth Country Music Festival - The largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere attracting over 55,000 visitors and featuring country music’s biggest names.
- Wander through the Walk a Country Mile exhibit at the Australian Country Music Foundation Hall of Fame.
- Spoil your tastebuds at the annual Taste Tamworth Festival, showcasing the region’s best in local food and produce over 10 days in April.
- Take a drive to historic Nundle for morning tea and browse the antique stores and local crafts.
- Visit cellar-doors and restaurants in the neighbouring wine region and find your new favourite of the cool-climate wines.
Explore Tamworth and the surrounding towns to find your fill of food and wine, country music, history, and scenic drives through picturesque country landscapes.
Whether you’re a country music fan - yet - or not, you’ll be inspired by the passion for music that surrounds you here.
Stop at The Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre for a photo with the giant guitar, browse The Gallery of Stars wax museum and the collection of music and sporting memorabilia.
Walk through the Hands of Fame Park alongside handprints of more than 300 country music stars of past and present, and find your groove at one of the country music concerts or events held all through the year.
Spoil yourself with flavours from the local farms, fishermen, vineyards and olive groves. Make lunch a grazing affair with fresh produce and cheeses from weekend markets held throughout the month at Bicentennial Park, Peel Street and La Preneu French restaurant. For something special, order the slow-roasted lamb-shoulder at The Workshop Kitchen or choose from the many restaurants in town. Read more on Travel Insider.
Explore New England
Branch out to the wider Tamworth area and explore historic gold mining towns, wineries and outdoor adventures surrounded by picturesque countryside.
Hit the road south-east to the Tamworth Hanging Rock lookout for spectacular views of the Peel Valley below. On the way, stop by the historic town of Nundle, browse the antique stores, throw in a line at Arc-en-Ciel Trout Farm or visit Nundle Woollen Mill where you can watch antique machinery at work.
Head northwest from Tamworth instead, and you’ll find Manilla. Here you can sign up for a paragliding lesson or stroll the charming main street lined with period architecture and ornate verandahs as far as the eye can see.
If you’re more partial to wine and gastronomy than history and geology, visit the cellar doors at Toppers Mountain Wines or Blicklins Estate - or book a table at Graze at Willow Tree Inn, where some of the best local beef and produce features on the menu.
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Tamworth has a warm climate with hot summers between December and February and mild winters between June and August. The average temperature range is between 17°C and 33°C in summer and 3°C and 17°C in winter.
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