Tamworth is country music capital of Australia and can be found on the New England Highway 400km Northwest of Sydney. Tamworth is the commercial centre of northern New South Wales. Every January thousands of country and western fans flock to Tamworth for the annual Australian Country Music Festival.
Tamworth is the commercial and administrative region of the New England Region. Tamworth was named the City of Light in 1888 as it became the first city in Australia to install electric lighting.
Australian Country Music Foundation Museum
Everything you need to know about the festival and awards can be found out here. The exhibitions change and depict many aspects of the Country music phenomenon in Australia. 93 Brisbane Street (02 6766 9696).
Situated on the Manila river and 45 km west of Manilla and offers a good fishing and watersports along with fossicking on the reserves at Ironbark Creek and Woodesreef. Barraba is a well known bird watching area and has it's own bird routes that use old droving routes.
On the south side of the river is Calala Cottage the oldest residence in Tamworth. This is the city’s museum, in a house built for the mayor in 1875. 142 Denison Street.
Fred Hillier Ceramics
If you are keen to see a dunny with a difference this gallery is well worth a visit. He doesn't only create dunnies but they are his specialty along with other unique ceramic works. 18km from Tamworth at Moonbi.
To the south of Tamworth beside the New England Highway is the Golden Guitar, a replica of the award given at the annual Country Music Festival and is 12 metres high. Behind the huge guitar is the Gallery of Stars, which are wax models of some of the entertainers who have won this award. New England Highway (02 6765 2688)
Twenty kilometres from Tamworth has a number of heritage buildings the most famous being Moonby House.
Manilla is 30km form Tamworth with one of the best paragliding, sky sailing and hang gliding sites at Mount Borah. Also good for fishing at Lake Kimbit or the Manilla and Namoi Rivers. The work Harry Burrell did on the platypus is on show at the Manilla Historical Museum. Warrabah national park on the Nandewar ranges has pools for swimming and good for canoeing and fishing.
Native animals roam in this bush land area. You can get up close to kangaroos, wallabies, possums and a variety of bird life. Oxley Park
Moonbi is on the New England Highway at the foot of the Moonbi Range some 20 minutes north east of Tamworth. Good views from the Moonbi Lookout.
A collection of motor bikes. Armidale Road.
Power Station Museum
A tribute to Tamworth as the first shire to turn on electric street lighting in 1888. 216 Peel Street (02 6766 8324).
Tamworth City Gallery
A great gallery to view Australian paintings. 201 Marcus Street (02 6768 4459).
Tamworth Regional Gallery
A changing programme of national and touring exhibitions. 466 Pell Street (02 6767 5459).