Tamworth is located some 445km north of Sydney inland from Port Macquarie. Justifiably known as the “Country Music Capital of Australia”, this town offers a memorable country music experience for the modern and the old fashioned country fans.
The first port of call in town should be the Visitor Centre on Peel St, where you can get your bearings, gather some local brochures and Walk a Country Mile, an exhibition devoted to the story of Australian country music. The entry fee is $5 and this entitles you to explore a fantastic display of memorabilia paying tribute to the legends of the industry. From the gone but not forgotten, Tex Morton, to the legendary Troy Cassar-Daley of today, you’ll be impressed by the collection. The centre and country mile are open daily from 9am to 5pm.
The Australian Country Music Hall of Fame on Brisbane St displays a historic collection of musician’s memorabilia, predominantly from the early years in country music history. The contents of the display are changed frequently as new items of interest are acquired and used to honour the pioneers of Australian country music. The hall of fame is open 10am to 4pm weekdays and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. Entry fees apply.
The Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre is on New England Hwy south of town. You can’t miss the golden guitar standing 12 metres tall and what a great photo opportunity to remember your Tamworth visit. Inside the centre is the Country Music Wax Museum, displaying lifelike wax mannequins of famous artists and a blurb on each musician’s background and accomplishments. Entry fees apply to the museum. The centre also sells a wide range of country music, souvenirs and gifts, operates a coffee shop and is open 7 days.
The Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre on Greg Norman Drive is home to the internationally renowned annual Australian Country Music Awards and Golden Guitar presentations. Each January the best of the best country music stars flock here to participate in the award night and many arrive early for the famous Australian Country Music Festival which packs the streets and attracts thousands of visitors. The entertainment centre honours its significant guests from over the years with the Roll of Renown which pays tribute to the country musicians contributing to Australia’s cultural heritage by telling the story of the land, the people and the Australian lifestyle through their music. Golden recognition plaques and a galaxy of stars are displayed outside the front of the building for all to appreciate.
on Kable Ave in town sports bronze statues of pioneer country music legends Buddy Williams, Stan Coster, Barry Thornton, Gordon Parsons and Tex Morton. Relax under the shady trees in the lovely park with a bite to eat or feed the hungry ducks and geese which frequent the lake.
The Botanic Gardens on Piper St consist of predominantly native Australian plants and have a few water features and pond. It’s a nice leisurely stroll through the gardens taking in the scents of the Australian bush. A bush chapel is also available for wedding ceremonies.
Endeavour Park is a small council operated wildlife park on Piper St, adjacent to the Botanic Gardens. Entry to the park is free and it is open daily between 8am and 5pm. Many kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos inhabit the park, as well as a variety of native birdlife, emus and guinea pigs. The park is patrolled by a ranger and barbeques are available for use.
Take in the views of Tamworth and beyond from the Oxley Lookout, 591 metres above sea level, via White St in town. The picturesque landscape bordered by scenic mountains makes a stunning backdrop to the town.
Tamworth is situated amongst very scenic landscape and the Moonbi Lookout 27km northeast of town by the New England Hwy provides some delightful countryside views as you are descending to the valley or climbing towards the viewing point.
Tamworth has to be on all the enthusiastic country music lovers’ wish lists for future travels. Whether it be revelling in the grandeur of the famous country music festival or enjoying the historic and modern tributes to this much loved industry and its artists, Tamworth has the feel of the country in the heart of the city.
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