Tamworth Travel Guide

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    From memory this is an Avro Anson
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    One of the Roulettes warming up
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Tamworth Highlights

  • Pro
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     Country music, a good stop en route Sydney-Brisbane, nice parks 

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     Hot in summer 

  • In a nutshell
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     Use as a base to explore the region 

Tamworth Things to Do

  • The air show

    Being critical of people who have made an effort is not something I particularly enjoy but, I feel it incumbent upon myself to tell the truth here.I went to the first air show at the behest of some close friends but, I have to say, it was the least good example of such fare.Considering Tamworth has significant roots in the aircraft industry I feel...

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  • THE COLLECTOR'S MUSEUM

    The Collectors Museum is located at The BIG Golden Guitar Tourist Centre. As the price to see both the wax museum & collectors museum was quite a good reduced price, we decided to see both.Well, If I had my time again, I wouldn't bother with the Collector's museum, unless I was an avid Cricket fan, then I would be more than happy with what I saw....

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  • WAX MUSEUM OTHER SIGHTS

    The Wax Museum is not all about wax figures!Scattered amongst the figures are the old entertainment notices for these stars, their original guitars, banjos, trophies and other memorabillia.

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  • GALLERY OF STARS WAX MUSEUM

    After viewing the Big Golden Guitar, we ventured inside the Cafe and to the Wax Museum. This wax museum is one of only three in Australia, and it salutes many of Australia’s famous Country Music Stars & Pioneers.This was my first visit to a wax museum and I was impressed. Each of the life-like figures depicts a country music star. I remembered most...

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  • "BIG GOLDEN GUITAR"

    Another big icon in Australia, is the "Big Golden Guitar," located in Tamworth.The Big Golden Guitar is a replica of the famous golden guitar trophies given at Australia’s Annual Country Music Awards. It stands 12 metres high, weighs half a ton and has no strings as the Trophies don't have any strings. The 'real' Golden Guitars are cast in solid...

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  • 2012 Country Music Week

    It was a good year, more people came than for some years, perhaps because it was the 40th anniversary year, perhaps because it wasn't stinking hot and it wasn't flooded, problems that have been around in recent years.As always, it was a hoot and I loved it, from the buskers to the paid acts to the general atmosphere. Denititely something to put on...

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  • Visit an Organic Market

    Tamworth NSW, Australia.The French restaurant, Le Pruneau, where we enjoyed a very appetising dinner, hosts a small organic market once a week on its premises. Some of the herbs are grown on site and others sourced from local growers.Apparently it is very popular with the locals so come along....look around ....have a chat...you can always stop for...

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  • The indians (and others) are coming

    Of course, there’s so much happening on the streets of Tamworth during Country Music Week it beggars description: from police towing junior down the street behind a golf cart, to an indian doing hair jobs, to scantily clad girls in a duo, to all manner of small children strutting all levels of talent on all types of instruments, to my favourite...

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  • Towering inferno

    I know how it feels to see your motorhome go up in smoke, literally; all your dreams evaporating before you in a pall of black, vibrant spiralling fumes. A holocaust of rippling flames beneath, throwing the inky mess skywards, taking your memories and worldly goods and turning them into a charred remnant.Rosemarie noticed it first. We were several...

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  • The Big Guitar

    Entering from the south on Goonoo Goonoo (pronounced gunny ganoo) Road, it's hard not to notice the big thing on your left.Fairly obviously it's a monument to the country music festival though it arrived many years after the festival began.Most tourists get their picture taken beside it, so don't feel embarrassed, the locals are used to it.Next...

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  • Superb views...John Oxley Lookout

    The John Oxley Lookout is always worth a visit. Over the years I have come here and witnesed the huge changes in Tamworth.Located just a few minutes from Tamworth’s CBD, it has spectacular views of the city and the Peel River plain extending to the Liverpool Ranges. There are picnic tables, barbecue areas and toilets at the lookout.You could walk...

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  • Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre

    A visit to the Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre is a must. Again, you don't need to be a big fan - just go along and enjoy the experience and learn a littlwe about Tamworth's music history.There's a gift shop, coffee shop, wax museum, music shop pleanty to entertain you for a while..and it's air conditioned!!

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  • Drive in the country

    You only have to get a few hundred metres outside of Tamworth and you're in to the countryside. Sometimes you'll be driving along and see something worth photographing, as I did when I saw pic 3.By the time I'd egressed from the vehicle I could hear the unmistakeable roar of a harvester so I spent the next 10 minutes enjoying the unfolding scene...

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  • Rawson Avenue

    I just happened to pick this street out. I pulled up, took my camera and walked two blocks. On the hill side of Tamworth there's so much that's pleasant to see, especially in spring when things like the jacaranda (pic 5) are in bloom.There's also much Federation architecture to be seen, including the classic bay window/ bull nose verandah style...

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  • A walk in the park

    Anzac Park is a place I like to walk. For those outside Australia and New Zealand, that term may seem like a foreign language but it stands for a great deal in this part of the world. It is an acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corp and their story is writ large upon the world stage, particularly in WW1 and WWII.One of the things...

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  • Do you like country music?

    I'm a lover of all types of music. Music is mood thing and I play whatever I'm in the mood for at the time. Sometimes I enjoy some toe-tappin' country.Here is a couple of our huge country music artists - Slim Dusty and Troy Cassar-Daley.I have a couple of Troy's albums and they are definately worth buying if you want a sample of Australian Country...

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  • Home of Country Music

    Tamworth is the home of country music in Australia. They have a humungus country music festival every January with the country music awards and the cream of country music artists. The place comes alive for a couple of weeks as every Tom, Dick and Harry converge on the place. It's heaps of fun and you can line dance in the street, party, fun for the...

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  • Enjoy the main street

    Enjoy the leafy main street with wide paved pavements, ideal for out door eating and coffees.Visit the city lookout for a good overview of the layout. Take a drive to Nundle through the Dungowen Valley.Check out the City Tavern, Imperial Hotel or The Pub for live music.

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  • Golden Guitar Information Center

    The Centre caters for all visitors with one of the city's most important and unique attractions, 'The Gallery of Stars' Wax Museum.Food and refreshments are available in the Golden Guitar Coffee Shop, and you can also browse through hundreds of Australian country music CD's, videos and cassettes, souvenirs and gift items

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  • Weswal Gallery

    Regularly changing exhibitions of works by both local and national artists.Open 7 days. Free admission. Cafe - coffees and luncheons

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  • Information Center.

    The Tamworth Tourist Information Center was very helpful, and offered great information. There is also a lovely shop here, for those who just have to have a souvenir or two... like the Golden Guitar magnets or pins..

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Tamworth Restaurants

  • A delightful find in Tamworth

    Tamworth N.S.W. AustraliaWell I have a weakness for all things French and in Tamworth there is this most charming restaurant ...just look at the photos. I spent half my time there wandering around and looking at the decor...soaking up the atmosphere.Wooden floors...and slate near the kitchen...little rooms with one or two tables...white cloths...a...

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  • A Pub in a Brick Building

    This place looked charming from the outside but it turned out to be a pub...just a little on 'the greasy spoon' side but I was curious and I was disappointed with the lunch next door at Trinity's.But they do sell Guinness...in fact they run on 'Guinness Time'Anyway they served not a bad tuna salad and they did have green tea.NOT THE SORT OF PLACE...

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  • Scrambled eggs for Breakfast

    Tamworth..NSW...AustraliaWe discovered this little cafe a few years ago and go back for breakfast any time we are back in Tamworth.It is just an ordinary cafe in appearance but the food is good and freshly cooked.A visit for lunch disappointed me as the chicken salad was not fresh chicked but some compressed rubbish...PITYThere is a place called...

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  • Cowboy Town-Cowboy Food

    The poster (& the T-shirt you can buy in store) says, "Leave your nuts on the Floor"! .........Help yourself to unshelled peanuts and popcorn before you breast up to the bar for a beer and don't worry about throwing the shells on the floor. The Theme is "Feed the man (or woman) Meat". Although other meal choices are available (fish, chicken,veg),...

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  • Value

    This restaurant, run by an Aussie, is unabashed Italian. They have a good selection of wines also. In fact, it's one of the best Italian restaurants I've ever eaten at, hence it's popularity in this town. I had a marinara with my pasta and would recommend it but the other three people at my table enjoyed their meal as well so, take your pick, you...

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  • Food Glorious Food

    This place a franchise but still worth a visit if you want to have a good steak. The Tamworth restaurant has won awards as a themed restaurant and themed it is....to tie in with the local cattle/beef industry.You can get a tender, Flame Grilled Steak and melt in the mouth Baby Back Ribs - my favourites. There's a huge array of steaks but if that's...

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Tamworth Nightlife

  • Where to hear Country Music

    There are a host of clubs and pubs in Tamworth. If you are after country music try one of the following... * West Tamworth Leagues Club * The Longyard Hotel * Stetsons Steakhouse & Saloon Bar * Dominoes * Brumby's Tavern * Tamworth RSL Club * Tamworth Services ClubThere are many more places to hear great music - look up one of the Tamworth...

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  • Tamworth is Entertainment

    I wasn't here long enough to check out the nightlife, but from what I saw during my tour of Tamworth, there is always plenty of entertainment happening in this city. Lots of live music at many venues.

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Tamworth Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit a Water Hole in the Tamworth...

    We love bushwalking and Tamworth has some lovely scenery up in the surrounding hills. We went on a rainforest bushwalk and found a lovely rock swimming hole. Also coming home we went to this berry farm (don't know the name of it) but you could go a pick all sorts of berrys and we also bought some lovely jams and dessert berry wine. It's well worth...

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  • A reason for being

    Tamworth's base is a rural economy, though these days there are lots of small industries in the industrial parks. However, you don't have to go far to see what originally put Tamworth on the map.Here's a couple of scenes I shot once while heading north. They were taken about 30kms short of Tamworth on the New England Highway.

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  • Entering Queensland.

    This sign appears as you are about to enter Queensland. Very different, that is for sure.. But what a beautiful sight it is, when you have been on the road for a couple of days.

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Tamworth Favorites

  • Progressive sunset

    Just outside of town there's a house, a decrepit house. For years I've tried to imagine a good shot of that house. Checked it out every time I go past, can't quite vizualize the shot. Then, a sunset looked like it would happen one night and I drove off down there, spent 15 minutes trying to work out how I could include the house but it wasn't...

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  • "Give me a home among the gum trees"

    When this famous line was coined for a song I don't think this was quite what the author had in mind. I think paddocks etc. were what he was thinking but it certainly is also apt in this case.On the north east hills of Tamworth is some lovely real estate and even prettier parks and gardens. Some streets, as shown here, have a fine stand of...

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  • The Bicentennial story

    It seems that half of the towns in Australia went mad for the bicentennial. Money for projects flowed everywhere, much of it for lasting projects such as we see here.Located just one block south of Peel Street, the main shopping centre, this is one of the focal points for tourists and the Country Music Week in late January.

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