The inland city of Tamworth, located three and a half hours from Newcastle, four hours from Coffs Harbour or an hour's flight from Sydney, is considered the country music capital of Australia. The city is famous for its love of the genre, and annually hosts one of the world's biggest music events, the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Weather in Tamworth
You can expect a typical New South Wales climate in Tamworth, with blissful summer highs that can reach over 30 degrees Celsius, as well as winter highs that rarely drop below 15 degrees Celsius. Situated more inland than its coastal siblings, Tamworth is also spared from the New South Wales summer rainy season so its perfect for anyone looking for a warm, dry vacation to somewhere interesting.
Country music in Tamworth
If you arrive in Tamworth from the New England Highway you'll be greeted by an impressive sight - the Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre. This unique location features a number of great activities to see, such as the famous Wax Museum whose many famous inhabitants include Australian legends Slim Dusty, Beccy Cole and plenty more. However what you will undoubtedly notice first is the Golden Guitar itself - a 12-metre high statue of a guitar unveiled in 1988 that truly symbolises what this town is about.
Further into the town you can visit the Hands of Fame Park, just a short walk from the city centre. Over 300 hand prints are on display here in semi-circular arrangements from country music icons such as Keith Urban, Slim Dusty and Smoky Dawson.
Tamworth's biggest festival
Tamworth annually hosts the largest music festival in the southern hemisphere - the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Scattered across 120 different venues, 800 performers will flock to Tamworth during the festival to perform more than 4,000 shows. On top of that, over 600 buskers will take to the streets to impress and delight locals and visitors alike, and the event can often bring 55,000 people to the city. If you're a fan of country music, you won't want to miss the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Accommodation in Tamworth
For country music aficionados and budding tourists both, the highlight of Tamworth accommodation is the ibis Styles Tamworth. Situated on the other side of the Peel River from the city centre, and just a short walk to the picturesque Riverside Park and Hands of Fame Park, the ibis Styles is the perfect Tamworth hotel to launch your country music excursion. It has 108 comfortable rooms to choose from, starting with a very reasonable price, that include an in-room Jacuzzi, air-conditioning, work desk and your choice of bed size.
This Accor hotel can hold up to 180 people in its many conference venues, which can also all be modified to suit your individual seating requirements. Also on-site is the Crossroads Restaurant and Bar which serves both fresh Australian dishes as well as exquisite international cuisine.
When you're looking for an escape to the country music holiday of a lifetime, Tamworth is the best choice in New South Wales and, arguably, the whole of Australia.