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Why visit Tamworth
Affectionately known as Australia's Country Music Capital, Tamworth is most famous for its annual Tamworth Country Music Festival, and of course the Big Golden Guitar. Although this town goes all out for ten days each January with some of the biggest crowds and concerts, country music isn't the only thing on offer in this New South Wales town. With a growing foodie scene, and plenty of Australia's rugged natural landscape on display, Tamworth has plenty to see and do all-year round.
Best time to visit Tamworth
From a weather perspective, the best time to visit Tamworth is over March/April. This is Autumn in Australia, the temperature is pleasantly warm while humidity and rainfall are minimal. Of course if you are visiting Tamworth for the international music festival, then the best time to visit is in January, when the music festival is hosted. January sees peak temperatures and high humidity and rainfall, it will also see increased crowds as many visitors will be there for the music festival.
Getting around Tamworth
There are public buses for getting around Tamworth so if you don't have a car with you and are looking for the cheapest way to move around, public buses are your best bet. There is a regional train line to take you into Tamworth and to other regional centres such as Dubbo but there is no train line to get you around Tamworth. Of course walking is also a wonderful option to take in the sights and stretch your legs.
What to do in Tamworth
This charming North Eastern NSW region is full to the brim of Australian spirit. Encapsulate the heart of the Australian outback with a bushwalk in the area's national parks, dams, and waterfalls. Ride a horse into the sunset, or enjoy some mouthwatering meals with an icy cold beer. If you're a country music fan then make sure to visit the iconic country music attractions, even if you don't make it for the festival.
Free things to do in Tamworth
Head over to the Tamworth Growers' Market where you'll find the freshest locally grown produce and homemade goods. With live music everywhere in the city, you can take your time enjoying the vibe as you shop. Pack up your goodies and head to Oxley Park Scenic Lookout for a picnic overlooking the whole city.
There are plenty of walks and trails to traverse in Tamworth. From milder walks closer to the centre of town, like a waterside walk around Bicentennial Park to the more challenging hikes, like the Kamilaroi Track which runs through Oxley Park and starts at Oxley lookout.
Fun things to do in Tamworth
Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre
Tamworth has a large equine community, and no trip is complete without a stop at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre. This huge, multi-stadium complex houses numerous horse shows all year round, drawing in huge crowds.
Australian Country Music Hall of Fame
Of course, it's impossible to visit Tamworth and not take in at least some country music, so you may as well lean into it and visit the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame. With a cheap entry fee and a huge collection of Australia's country music history, the museum provides a true sense of what the city is all about.
Where to eat & drink in Tamworth
As Tamworth quickly becomes a foodie haven, you'll never run out of places to dine and drink. There's nothing like a regional bakery to get the day started and Sonny's Bakery has all the freshly baked fuel you need. For the best coffee, head over to Addimi Espresso for a steaming cup of the good stuff. For dinner and drinks you can't go past The Pig and Tinder Box, located centrally on Peel St, this boutique bar is in a heritage listed former bank building. Enjoy a cocktail with their legendary beef carpaccio.
Where to stay in Tamworth
Plan a stay at one of Accor's Tamworth hotels, both conveniently located within walking distance of some of Tamworth's finest attractions, restaurants, shops, and bars. Book your Tamworth accommodation today and start planning your country music holiday.