The Golden Guitar, Explore Australia Publishing

Population 42496

Tamworth is a prosperous city and the self-proclaimed country music capital of Australia. Each year in January, it hosts the Tamworth Country Music Festival, the largest music festival in the Southern Hemisphere, which draws thousands of fans. But Tamworth is also an appealing destination year round, offering intriguing museums and an attractive streetscape, scenic surrounds and a burgeoning gourmet food scene. 

Visitor Information

569 Peel and Murray sts; (02) 6767 5300


Nearby national parks

  • Warrabah National Park

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  • Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

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  • Barrington Tops National Park

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Nearby towns

  • Manilla

    This rural town is located at the junction of the Manilla and Namoi rivers and surrounded by attractive rural countryside. Its location...more

  • Nundle

    A thriving gold town in the 1850s, Nundle drew prospectors from California, Jamaica, China and Europe. Today the town is a quiet place...more

  • Walcha

    Walcha (pronounced 'Wolka') is an attractive service town to the local farming regions on the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range....more

In Town

Walk a Country Mile Interpretive Centre From the air this building is guitar-shaped, and it features various displays including one that cleverly documents the history of country music through lyrics. This is also Tamworth's visitor centre, and the first port of call for information on the festival. Peel St.

Hands of Fame Park: Country Music Hands of Fame Cornerstone features handprints of over 200 country music stars; Cnr New England Hwy and Kable Ave.

Australian Country Music Foundation: features the Legends of Australian Country Music exhibition, a display on the Country Music Awards and a theatrette playing films and documentaries; Brisbane St.

Calala Cottage: National Trust–classified home of Tamworth's 1st mayor with antique household items and original shepherd's slab hut; Denson St.

Regional Gallery: houses over 700 works including some by Hans Heysen and Will Ashton, and the National Fibre Collection; closed Mon; Peel St.

Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum: collection of immaculate motorbikes from the 1950s through to the 1980s; Armidale Rd.

Oxley Park: sanctuary for kangaroos and other marsupials, with picnic and barbecue facilities; off Brisbane St.

Oxley Lookout: views of the city and beautiful Peel Valley. It is also the starting point for the Kamilaroi walking track (6.2 km); brochure from visitor centre; top of White St.

Powerstation Museum: traces Tamworth's history as the 1st city in the Southern Hemisphere to have electric street lighting (installed in 1888); Peel St.

Joe Maguire's Pub: features Noses of Fame, nose imprints of country music stars; Peel St.

Anzac Park: attractive picnic and barbecue spot with playground; bordered by Brisbane, Napier, Fitzroy and Upper sts.

Bicentennial Park: fountains, granite sculptures and period lighting; Kable Ave.

Regional Botanic Gardens: 28 ha of native flora and exotic displays; top of Piper St.

Line dancing: various venues; lessons offered; brochure from visitor centre.

Historical town walks: two available of 90 min each, visiting churches, theatres and hotels; brochure from visitor centre.

Art and craft: several shops and galleries; brochure from visitor centre.


Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre The 12m golden guitar is a giant replica of the country music award and an Australian icon. Inside the complex is the Gallery of Stars Wax Museum, which features wax models of Australian country music legends alongside current stars. Opposite is the outdoor Country Music Roll of Renown, which is said to be Australia's highest honour in country music. There are special tributes to, among others, Tex Morton, Smoky Dawson and Slim Dusty; 2 Ringers Rd; (02) 6765 2688; 6km S.

Oxley anchor: the original anchor from John Oxley's ship marks the point where he crossed the Peel River on his expedition to the coast; 9 km NW.

Birdwatching routes: great birdwatching walks and drives in and around Tamworth; brochure from visitor centre.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Burning Mountain Nature Reserve 85 km

Forget global warming for a while and marvel at this coal seam, about 30 metres underground, that has been burning as hot as 1700°C for an estimated 5500 years. A 3.5-kilometre walk to the top of the mountain through... Find out more

Armidale Bicentennial Arboretum 96 km

Armidale Bicentennial Arboretum, a dozen blocks from the centre of town, has thousands of native plants, walking tracks, picnic shelters and aquatic gardens with a waterfall.... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Bellepoque Restaurante

Dining at Bellepoque is a sumptuous affair, from the food to the plush furnishings and red cedar ceilings. Tables are sprinkled through various rooms of the stunning heritage house (c. 1888) so guests can sit back and... Find out more

Golden Guitar Coffee Shop

Housed inside one of the most iconic tourist destinations Australia has to offer – the Big Golden Guitar – this little coffee shop is definitely worth visiting. Aside from the delicious food and great coffee,... Find out more

Campsites around town

Cockburn River campsite 21 km

This pleasant, grassy, treed area makes a relaxing place to camp, swim and fish. The river’s a bit chilly in winter, but very refreshing in hot weather. It’s about 30 km north-east of Tamworth and 11 km east... Find out more

Woolomin Reserve 32 km

This is a spacious, grassy, treed area next to Peel River at Woolomin village, 21 km north of Nundle and 37 km south-east of Tamworth. There’s a general store close by where you can pay for a powered site;... Find out more

Bowling Alley Point Recreation Reserve 37 km

This camping area is on the foreshore of Chaffey Dam, 14 km north of Nundle and 45 km south-east of Tamworth. The dam is a popular place for watersports such as waterskiing and powerboating, while fishing enthusiasts vie... Find out more

Lake Keepit State Park camping area 45 km

This is a great family camping spot, 54 km west of Tamworth and 38 km east of Gunnedah via Keepit Dam Rd off the Oxley Hwy. It’s a little slice of outdoor paradise: everything from hang-gliding lessons and golf to... Find out more

Swamp Creek camping area 45 km

This popular gold- and gem-fossicking site is 4 km north of Nundle on Fossickers Way. If fossicking ain’t your thing, you can head out for a walk or a swim instead. You’ll need to bring your own drinking... Find out more

Sheba Dams Reserve 52 km

Originally built for sluicing gold, Sheba Dams Reserve, 11 km east of Nundle, is now a comfortable summer family-camping area. You can fish, swim or paddle and there’s a 1.2 km walking track leading around the dam.... Find out more

Teamsters Rest Camping Reserve 54 km

Next to Wombramurra Creek via Crawney Rd (2WD in dry weather only), this is a popular spot for those wanting a bit of peace and quiet. There’s water in the creek – not enough to swim in – but... Find out more

Warrabah camping area 58 km

Hiking, swimming, fishing and canoeing are possible at this campground, on the Namoi River beside the park’s southern boundary. Campers are asked to stick to numbered campsites. For those seeking some bush... Find out more

Split Rock Dam camping area 61 km

Another worthwhile stop-off on the Fossickers Way, 64 km north of Tamworth. The town of Manilla, 20 km south of the dam, is a popular hang-gliding and paragliding spot. The dam is stocked with Murray cod and golden and... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Paradise Tourist Park 1 km

The park is within walking distance from the centre of Tamworth and is extremely popular during the country music festival. Bookings are required at peak times, however bookings are not accepted during the month of... Find out more

Austin Tourist Park 4 km

This large park just 4 km from the town centre offers a range of facilities. A minimum period of 14 days applies during the country music festival. Bookings are also required at other peak times. Small dogs only are... Find out more

Kootingal Kourt Caravan Park 14 km

Conveniently located alongside the New England Highway, this tidy park is ideal for an overnight stop. It is also a good base for those attending the Tamworth Country Music Festival during January, when a booking is... Find out more

Country Road Caravan Park 73 km

A popular stopover on the New England Highway, this park has good facilities and is an ideal base for exploring the area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Uralla Caravan Park 74 km

Located one block from the New England Highway and within easy walking distance of the town, this is a clean and tidy park suitable for short or longer visits.... Find out more

Pages River Caravan Park 75 km

On the northern edge of town, this small neatly maintained park is easily accessible from the New England Highway and is ideal for an overnight stay at an attractive price.... Find out more

Armidale Tourist Park 96 km

A lovely spot with shady trees and wide expanses of lawn, this park is only 3 km from the town centre. There are two kennel areas where guests can leave their dogs while enjoying the local attractions or catching up on... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Jacaranda Cottage B&B

Jacaranda Cottage is a 1930s four-star haven a short stroll away from the heart of Tamworth. Three queen-sized suites are available, with The Loft the favourite for a romantic getaway. Located at the bottom of pristine... Find out more

Paradise Tourist Park

This tourist park is shaded by leafy trees in its quiet location next door to Tamworth’s tourist information centre. Various-sized cabins are available, including one- or two-bedroom, fully self-contained cabins... Find out more

The Retreat at Froog-Moore Park

This retreat deserves its mantle of ‘most unique property’. Situated on leafy grounds, there are five individually themed and appointed suites. The Succulent Suite features a private verandah, breakfast room... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Tamworth park area 3 km

At Tamworth

Just off the highway. On the east side of town.

Airport rest area 8 km

9km W of Tamworth (R) or 70km E of Gunnedah (L)

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the airport.

Bendemeer park area 32 km

At Bendemeer

At the memorial park via the street into town. 

Bowling Alley Point camping area 36 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

On the shores of the reservoir 14km north of Nundle via Tamworth–Nundle Rd.

Woolbrook rest area 42 km

At Woolbrook

Grassed area 1km off the highway on the riverbank.

Swamp Creek camping area 43 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

On the creek bank 4km (partly unsealed) north of Nundle via Jenkins St and River Rd.

Wallabadah rest area 50 km

At Wallabadah

On the banks of Quirindi Creek behind the memorial gardens at the north end of town. 

Ponderosa Park camping area 52 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

In the forest 17km (partly unsealed) east of Nundle via Hanging Rock Rd.

Sheba Dams camping area 52 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

On the shores of the dam 11km east of Nundle via Nundle–Barry Rd.

Teamsters Rest camping area 53 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

Secluded area on the bank of a creek 14km (partly unsealed) south of Nundle via Crawney Rd.

Kyabra rest area 57 km

72km N of Tamworth (L) or 39km S of Armidale (R)

Small area adjacent to the highway. Good shade.

Thunderbolts Rock park area 68 km

82km N of Tamworth (R) or 29km S of Armidale (L)

Just off the highway behind the rock.

Walcha East rest area 68 km

159km NW of Wauchope (R) or 5km SE of Walcha (L)

Just off the highway near a few trees.

Blandford park area 76 km

At Blandford

Adjacent to the highway at the north end of town.

Apsley Falls camping area 80 km

T/O 145km NW of Wauchope (R) or 19km SE of Walcha (L)

Secluded in the forest 1km north of the highway near the falls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

Stoney Creek rest area 81 km

141km NW of Wauchope (L) or 23km SE of Walcha (R)

Adjacent to the highway on the banks of the creek.

Burning Mountain rest area 85 km

24km N of Scone (R) or 108km S of Tamworth (L)

Well off the highway among a few trees.

Red Bank rest area 86 km

63km W of Tamworth (R) or 13km E of Gunnedah (L)

Among a few trees adjacent to the highway on the banks of a creek.

Tia River rest area 87 km

128km NW of Wauchope (L) or 36km SE of Walcha (R)

Adjacent to the highway overlooking the river.

Meridian rest area 89 km

27km SW of Gunnedah (R) or 79km NE of Coonabarabran (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Tia Falls camping area 89 km

T/O 129km NW of Wauchope (R) or 35km SE of Walcha (L)

Secluded in the scrub 6km (unsealed) north of the highway near the falls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

What's on around town

Monthly Market: Showground Pavilion; 2nd Sun each month.

Peel Street Cottage Fair and Regional Produce Markets: Peel St Blvd; 3rd Sun each month. Organic Market: Denison St; every Sat. 

Country Music Festival: Jan.

National Pro Rodeo: Jan. Tamworth Show: Mar. Taste Festival: Apr. 

Gold Cup Horse Race Meeting: horserace; Apr/May.

Australian Line Dance Festival: May. National Cutting Horse Association Futurity: competition and entertainment; May–June. 

Hats Off to Country Festival: July.

Bush Poets and Balladeers: traditional show with poets and country singers: July. Antique and Collectibles Fair: Aug. 

North West Craft Expo: Dec.

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