Tamworth - a hidden gem - Go55s

Tamworth – a hidden gem

golden-guitar22The Tamworth Region is a hidden gem inviting you to discover the beauty, natural wonders and tempting flavours on offer. Come visit and make memories to last a lifetime!

The Tamworth region will enthrall you with its culture, music and entertainment, scenery, country hospitality, professional services and welcoming locals. Experience the sights and delights of Tamworth and the surrounding region with its fine dining, local wines, caressing creeks and mountain peaks and hideaways- just some of the experiences waiting for you to indulge in.

From the heart of Tamworth, stretching west to Barraba, Manilla, north to Bendemeer, Kootingal and Moonbi and finally to the east Nundle; the Tamworth region encompasses an area three times the size of the Sydney Basin. With a population of over 55,000 living in the total area, the region is a progressive, modern society with an expansive future set in place.

There is a comprehensive listing of the major events and activities conducted throughout the region, there is something for everyone no matter what your interests are; sample the local produce and jump on the ‘food and wine trail’ such as the high altitude wines from local vineyards; see the makings of fresh pasta; be entertained with the musical delights at one of the many entertainment venues across the region; watch for rare and endangered bird species in Barraba like the Regent Honeyeater or simply relaxing as you discover many of the hidden treasures located throughout the region.

Fossick for gold and precious minerals in Nundle or try your luck at panning for gold and learn the history in any of the beautiful rivers that flow through the picturesque countryside and experience the touring route the Fossickers Way.

Just like the precious stones found along its route, The Fossickers Way in northern NSW holds many treasures waiting to be unearthed – from buildings steeped in history to picturesque scenery and quaint villages where the personalities are as big as the sky overhead.

The Fossickers Way is currently running a fascinating and free campaign called The Fossickers Way Treasure Hunt.  The Treasure Hunt will take you on a journey through eight towns providing you with a variety of special offers and rewards.  Simply enter your details on www.fossickersway.com and we’ll post your Fossickers Way Treasure Hunt Booklet to you. Once you have it, the rest is up to you — let your adventure begin!  The Treasure Hunt Booklets are valid till 31 July 2011.

Some of the great offers included in the Treasure Hunt Booklet include: buy one get one free Museum entry, 15% off food purchases, accommodation discount offers, merchandise and retail discounts, tyre discounts and services and heaps more!

Boasting a rural and relaxed lifestyle, the Tamworth region entices visitors from all corners of the globe. With accommodation facilities from five-star through to unique bed and breakfast, farm stays and delightful camping and caravan sites, the region caters to any budget and style.

Whet your appetite and discover the tempting treats as you entice your senses in the region. Stretching throughout the Tamworth region and well into the New England North West with a plethora of mouth-watering surprises the local area has on offer and teases your palate.

Recognised by many as the sporting horse capital of Australia, Tamworth is a thriving equine centre boasting four major equine association headquarters (NCHA, ABCRA and AQHA) making way for some of Australia’s most glamorous and action packed equine events.

Horses are big business in the Tamworth area with various international, national and state championships regularly held in the district along with Australia’s richest sporting horse event, the NCHA Futurity (26th May – 6th June 2010) as well as the ABCRA National Finals Rodeo showcased during the Country Music Festival every January.

The region boasts an impressive calendar year of events showcasing the diverse and versatile flavours and influences.  From major music festivals through to cultural extravaganza’s and the unique… they are all on offer and waiting for you to join in the fun.  Discover our events and open your eyes to a world of fun!

 

2011 Tamworth Country Music Festival will be on from Friday 14th January to Sunday 23rd January.  Everywhere you go in Tamworth during the Festival, you’ll discover sensational live entertainment, street buskers and the hottest happening shows. Some of the most famous faces of the festival echo the heritage and history of Australia’s Country Music Capital. Around the city the reminders of the culture of country music are hard to miss; they make up the magic memories and moments of the January event.

 

The annual Festival doubles the cities population as visitors and locals experience over 2,500 events across the city in more than 80 different venues over 10 scheduled days in January 2010. The major annual events at the Festival will be the Official Opening Ceremony and Concert, ACMF Roll of Renown Concert, Annual Gore New Zealand Sister City Concert, Toyota Star Maker Quest, Telstra Road to Tamworth, Longest Lion Dance, Toyota Country Music Cavalcade, Telstra Queen of Country Music Quest and the 38th CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia.

 

Don’t forget you can start celebrations earlier too with the Tamworth Country Music Countdown from Friday 7th January – Thursday 13th January.  Since this was introduced in 2000, the Festival Countdown program provides additional country music for early visitors in the lead up to the largest music Festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

 

For a cooler and more intimate affair the Hat’s Off to Country Music Festival should suit.  The 2011 Hat’s Off Festival will be held from Thursday 8th till Sunday 11th July.  The 2010 Hats Off to Country Festival is a mid year winter celebration of country music in Australia’s Country Music Capital, a cool contrast to the January Festival.  Hats Off to Country is delivered over four huge days of non-stop entertainment from some of Australia’s finest country music talents.

 

Country music crowds can expect a fabulous array of activity with something for everyone at every shopping centre, pub and club around Tamworth and surrounding region. Crowd numbers influx into the city over the long weekend and come from all across the Australia to experience this intimate mid year festival.

 

To find out more information on the Tamworth region log onto www.visittamworth.com or phone 02 6767 5300.  You can also request publications to help plan your trip like the Regional Guide, Nature Trails Guide, Food and Wine Guide and the What’s On.

 

Enjoy a look through the picturesque Tamworth region, stay and play a while and indulge in a memorable experience in this fabulous part of Australia’s countryside.

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