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Although best known for the country music festival, Tamworth also host the richest riding horse event, the annual NCHA Futurity Show and Sale, in fact there is always something happening horse-wise in Tamworth such as trail riding to rodeo, trotters to gallopers, harness to pony club, dressage to showjumping to tent pegging.

Being the centre of the commercial and administrative region of New England, it serves as the retail and service centre to the surrounding region whose agricultural produce includes wool, dairy products, eggs, wheat, lucerne, tobacco, honey and livestock such as cattle, horse, sheep and poultry.

Check out the following listing of tourism attractions and events.

Tamworth Attractions

Anzac Park
• Bound by Brisbane, Napier, Fitzroy and Upper Streets, this parkland includes playground, electric BBQ, water and toilets. It also features the Sandakin Memorial.
Australian Country Music Hall of Fame
• 93 Brisbane St (near the corner of Brisbane and Marius Sts), TAMWORTH NSW 2340
• Ph: 02 6766 9696
• Concerts are held on the third Monday of the month at 6:30 pm.
Established to preserve and display the history of Australian Country Music - features artefacts and memorabilia from over 40 artist including Tex Morton, Budy Williams, Slim Dusty and Smoky Dawson.
Australian Country Music Foundation (ACMF)
• 93 Brisbane St, TAMWORTH • Ph: 02 6766 9696 • Email
• Formed to establish a permanent Country Music Archive and Resource Centre in Tamworth, the capital of country music in Australia. The foundation promotes knowledge of and interest in the history and heritage of Australian country and traditional music.
Bicentennial Park
• Kable Ave, TAMWORTH NSW 2340
• Established in 1988 to commemorate the Bicentenary.
Calala Cottage
• 142 Denison St, TAMWORTH NSW 2340 • Ph: 02 6765 7492 (Caretaker)
• This historic cottage was constructed in 1875 as the townhouse for the Hon. Phillip Gidley King, MLC, first Mayor of Tamworth and at the time Superintendent of the Australian Agricultural Company. With over 2,000 significant items on show, plus an original slab shepherds hut, a beehive school and blacksmiths workshop, all within a garden setting.
Chaffey Dam
• Nundle Road • Ph: 02 6764 2204
• Located at Bowling Alley Point, just 45 km southeast of Tamworth. You can view the dam from the observation point and lookout and see morning Glory spillway. Facilities include camping, picnic areas, BBQs and toilets. Great for recreational power boats and skiing.
Country Music Association of Australia
• The Country Music Association of Australia represents all aspects of the Australian country music industry. The website includes news, CMAA awards, the Academy and events.
Goddard’s Agricultural Museum
• Ph: 02 6760 0320
• Is about 17 km south on the New England Highway. The museum has a large display of antique farming machinery, antique cars and other vehicles.
Golden Guitar
• New England Hwy, TAMWORTH NSW 2340
• A 12 metre high Golden Guitar that is a replica of the famous trophy presented each January to winners of the CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia.
Guitar Shaped Swimming Pool
• New England Hwy
• Located at Alandale Flag Inn. The pool is constructed in the shape of a guitar and features the Australian flag.
Hands of Fame Park
• Cnr of Bridge St and Kable Ave
• Each January, selected country music stars are asked to leave their handprints in concrete for posterity. The park also has an aeroplane the Vampire, a memorial to the RAAF. It is from here that the 4.7 km heritage walk starts, a brochure is available from the information centre.
Hawking Bros Memorial
• Country Capital Motel • Goonoo Goonoo Road
• A memorial to the ‘Hawks’ for their contribution to the country music industry.
Heritage Walk, Hands of Fame Park
• Cnr Bridge St & Kable Ave, TAMWORTH NSW 2340
• The walk is about 4.7 km and can be comfortably completed in 1.5 hrs. Pick up a brochure from the Tamworth Visitor Information Centre.
Lake Keepit State Park
• Keepit Dam Road • Ph: 02 6769 7605 (Ranger) • Ph: 02 6769 7693 (Lake Keepit Kiosk)
• Ph: 02 6769 7514 (Keepit Soaring Centre - bookings for joyrides)
• Just 57 km from Tamworth on the Oxley Highway towards Gunnedah. Popular for those into watersports including swimming, fishing, sailing, windsurfing, water skiing and speed boat racing. Facilities include caravan park, kiosk, BBQs, children’s pool, half-court tennis, BMX track, skateboard, toilets and a five-hole golf course.
Memorial to the Australian Light Horse, Waler Memorial ฉ David Evans, 2006Memorial to the Australian Light Horse
• Waler Memorial, Bicentennial Park, Kable Ave, TAMWORTH NSW
• This memorial commemorates the over half a million horses that were sent to India (for the Brits with the civil uprising), for our troops in South Africa (Boer War) and to WW1 in the Middle East. Just one horse, a gelding called Sandy came back home to Australia. Four large bronze plaques attached to the base telling the story of the Australian Light Horse.

The Memorial was created by sculptor Tanya Bartlett of Newcastle and was unveiled by Major General Digger James on October 29, 2005. This was the nearest Saturday to Beersheba Charge Day (Oct 31, 1917).
Memorial Plaque
• Fitzroy Street (adjacent to Tamworth Town Hall)
• The plaque commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Australian Country Music Awards.
Monk Park
• located in Myrene Avenue Calala, the parkland facilities include sheltered seating, BBQs, playground equipment, cricket net, and water.
Moonbi and Moonbi Lookout
• About 21 km north-east of Tamworth via the New England Highway is Moonbi at the foot of the Moonbi Ranges. It is the largest poultry producing area in the state outside of Sydney, which explains the ‘Big Chook’ on the left-hand side of the highway in the park. A few km further north along the highway, at the top of the first Moonbi Range, is Moonbi Lookout. A huge granite boulder provides views over the valley below. There are BBQs, picnic and toilet facilities.
Munro’s Mill
• Built in 1863, Munro’s Mill was the first flour mill in town. Tamworth became an important milling centre with the wheat fields of northern NSW transporting their produce here for processing. The mill closed in 1901 and is now an antique shop.
Noses of Fame
• Joe Maguires Pub • 148 Peel Street
• See the ‘noses’ of well known country music stars imprinted in concrete.
Nundle Woollen Mill
• Oakenville Street, NUNDLE NSW 2340 NUNDLE • Ph: 02 6769 3330
• Visit the spinning mill and view vintage machinery from an elevated walkway through the centre of the mill. Situated in beautiful gardens, the Mill also has a retail section with some great knitted garments and wool for sale.
Oxley Marsupial Park
• open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm daily, there are kangaroos, emus, peacocks and other wildlife. BBQs, picnic and toilet facilities are provided.
Oxley Scenic Lookout and Kamilaroi Walking Track
• 610 m above sea-level, the lookout offers great views of the city and the Peel River Valley. It lies at the end of Scenic Drive which runs off the northern ends of both White and Hill Streets. There are barbecue and picnic facilities. The Kamilaroi Walking Track (6.2 km, about 3 hours) starts here and follows the ridge tops to Endeavour Park.
Parks
• There are a number of parks around Tamworth to enjoy, offering a variety of facilities. Parks include Lions Club Park, Oxley Park, Prince of Wales Park, Viaduct Park and Zonta Park, as well as the others mentioned elsewhere on this page.
Ponderosa Park and Nundle State Forest Drive
 Duncan’s Creek Rd • Ph: 02 6769 3205 (Nundle Shire Office) • Ph: 02 6777 2511 (Walcha Forestry)
• Only 17 km from Nundle, the park features tall timbers and established walking trails. Access to the park is from Woolomin via Duncan’s Creek or through Nundle towards Hanging Rock. Great for overnight camping. Facilities inlcude toilets and BBQs (with wood provided).
Powerstation Museum
• 216 Peel St, TAMWORTH • Ph: 02 6766 8324
• Located in the general office of the old power plant, the museum recognises Tamworth's status as the first municipal shire in the Southern Hemisphere to acquire municipally-supplied electric street lighting, back in 1888. There are some great items of electrical appliances and paraphernalia from yesteryear on display, including working steam-powered electricity generators.
Rex Gilroy’s Butterfly World
• Just 17 km south on the New England Highway, features a collection of butterflies, moths, spiders, beetles and other insects. There is also a large rock, mineral and fossil display.
Sheba Dams Reserve
• Hanging Rock to Barry Station Road • Ph: 02 6769 3205
• Located in picturesque country at Hanging Rock on the Great Divide and only 1 km from Nundle. This is a favourite destination for day tripping and overnight camping. Activities include bushwalking, swimming, fishing and late afternoon wildlife observation. Facilities include toilets, BBQs (wood), picnic amenities, shelter shed and constructed walking trails.
Split Rock Dam
• Oakhampton Road
• Located about 25 km in a north-easterly direction from Manilla. Drive through Manilla towards Barraba for 14 km, the turnoff (to the right) is signposted. Facilities include toilets, BBQs, picnic areas and boat ramps.
St. Johns Anglican Church
• 102 Carthage St, TAMWORTH NSW 2340 • Ph: 02 6761 8703
• This restored 1880 church, also contains a restored pipe organ. There are self-guided tours, as well as guided tours with organ music.
Tamworth Aircraft Museum
• Tamworth Airport • Ph: 02 6762 0605
• Features an Avro Anson VH-ASM Aircraft manufactured in 1940, historically the first aircraft used by East West Airlines when it commenced in Tamworth in 1946.
Tamworth City Gallery
• 466 Peel St, TAMWORTH NSW 2340 • Ph: 02 6767 5459 • Email
• Established in 1919 as an art salon, moving to its current premised with the Tamworth City Library in 1961, the gallery has a diverse program of outstanding exhibitions and public program activities providing a major cultural and education resource for the City of Tamworth.

The gallery started off with a bequest of 100 paintings and works on paper from artist John Salvana. This was added to in 1961 by the Burdekin Collection, a substantial gift of Australian and European paintings and watercolours including works by Will Ashton, Elioth Gruner, Hans Heysen, Norman Lindsay and Sydney Long. In 1967, the Lyttleton Taylor family of Tamworth donated the Regan Silverware Collection, containing some of the best known examples of early Australian silverware.

In 1999, through a cultural collaboration between Utopia batik artists and the Tamworth City Gallery, the gallery was a presented with a significant body of archival artwork known as The Utopia Collection Bequest. The bequest is made up of a core group of indigenous textile artworks complemented by works on paper and wooden carved ceremonial figures that were designated as important archival pieces in the evolution of art production on the Utopia Homelands.

Source: Tamworth City Gallery and Tamworth City Council


Tamworth Powerstation Museum
• 216 Peel Street • Ph: 02 6766 8324
• The museum tells the story of the city’s role in the development of electric street lighting, from early days of oil lamps in 1876 and gas lamps in 1882, through to the installation of the first electric lights on November, 1888. There is also a collection of electrical appliances of the past century.
Tamworth Regional Botanic Gardens
• Top end of Piper Street
• The gardens occupy part of Victoria park and part of Oxley Park and are adjacent to Endeavour Drive Marsupial Park. Covering an area of 28 ha, the Botanic Gardens conserve the flora of the region as well as including flora and plant displays from around the world and other regions of Australia.
Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre
• Greg Norman Drive
• Located south of the city, this venue seats 5,000 and is used for major concerts, exhibitions, conferences and trade shows.
Viaduct and Railway Bridge
• If you follow the riverbank in a north-westerly direction, you will come to the 48 m lattice girder railway bridge, that was prefabricated in England and erected here in 1881-82. Once a common type of bridge, it is one of only two such structures remaining on the northern rail. Originally built of wood, the 815 m viaduct was replaced by steel from 1917-1929.

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Tamworth Events

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ABCRA National Finals Rodeo
• Australian Bushmen's Campdraft & Rodeo Association Ltd, 221 Peel St, TAMWORTH NSW 2340
• Ph: 02 6766 5863 • Email
• January
• Australia's premier rodeo event that include bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback team roping, rope and tie steer wrestling and a number of other events. Watch the competitors battle it out in some actioned packed entertainment.
Tamworth Country Music Festival
• Ph: 02 6766 1839 • Email
• Held over 2 weeks in January
• The premier event of its kind in Australia and the second biggest country music festival in the world; where accommodation is often booked out up to 12 months in advance; with many visitors camping in caravans and tents; and estimated visitors numbers to be up to 100,000, you will find the cream of Australia country music talent, and catch a glimpse of up and coming talent.
The Tamworth Antique & Collectables Fair
• Ph: 02 6766 3058 • Email
• August
• With dealers from around Australia attending, the fair offers a chance to view and purchase a huge range of collectables from Australian and Colonial furniture, silver ware, fine china, crystal and glassware, kitchenalia, tools, dolls, toys, bears and much more.

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Tamworth Other Services

Brumbys Tavern
• 8 Fitzroy St, TAMWORTH NSW 2340 • Ph: 02 6766 2680
City Tavern
• 211 Peel St, TAMWORTH NSW 2340 • Ph: 02 6766 2442
Court House Hotel
• 240 Peel St, TAMWORTH NSW 2340 • Ph: 02 6766 1279
Family Hotel
• Bridge St, TAMWORTH NSW 2340 • Ph: 02 6765 7722
This fully restored heritage hotel, located in a prominent position on Bridge Street in West Tamworth, is loaded with character. The Family Hotel’s name is truly reflective of the homeliness of the hotel and its staff. Always a great place to bring the family for a meal, the Family also caters for functions, be it after work drinks or a sit down formal dinner. We have used all of our space to bring you more entertainment, comfortable seating and a fantastic dining experience. However if you are looking for a place to stay, our sister pub Southgate Inn has rooms available.
Joe Maguires Pub
• 148 Peel St, TAMWORTH NSW 2340 • Ph: 02 6766 2114 • Email
Locomotive Hotel
• 40 Belmore St, TAMWORTH NSW 2340 • Ph: 02 6765 8207
• Affectionately known as “The Loco”, can be found tucked away in William Street (just above the railway line) and its three performance spaces have plenty of great shows to keep everyone entertained. Enjoy the warm friendly atmosphere of this genuine grand old pub which offers cool drinks, mouthwatering meals to tempt your tastebuds and service with a smile.
Longyard Hotel
• 10-12 Ringers Rd (New England Hwy), WEST TAMWORTH NSW 2340 • Ph: 02 6765 3411
• Where everyone's a local. The Longyard Hotel is one of Tamworth's most recognised venues, steeped in tradition it is truly an icon of Australian hotels. The atmosphere is distinctly country, friendly and relaxed.

Conveniently located adjacent to the Equine Centre on the southern entrance to Tamworth, the Longyard boasts wide open verandahs, large inviting beer garden and well stocked drive thru bottleshop. With great food available 7 days, first class entertainment, and the friendly service that you come to expect from a Pub Group venue
The Pub
• 99 Gunnedah Rd, TAMWORTH NSW 2340 • Ph: 02 6765 5655 • Email
• The Pub has received various awards as a quality country music venue. Every Friday night you will find live entertainment, keeping with the tradition of Tamworth, Country Music Capital of Australia.

Situated on the rim of the Taminda industrial area and the rural outskirts of town, you could be talking the latest saleyard prices over a cold beer, having a business lunch or celebrating a win as you leave the race course. The Pub is the last port of call before the airport on the Oxley Highway.
 
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