Tamworth's Top Bucket List Experiences

Tamworth, NSW 18 February 2020

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Continue reading for all of the top bucket list experiences to see and do when attending the Tamworth Country Music Festival in Tamworth, NSW. We challenge you to tick off as many bucket list items as possible!

About Tamworth


Tamworth is one of New South Wale’s best-known regional destinations thanks to the annual Country Music Festival, held in January each year. It is located just 4 1/2 hours’ drive north of Sydney, in the north-east of the state.

How to get there

There are multiple options for getting to Tamworth including by car, plane or train. Flights operate directly out of Sydney to Tamworth Regional Airport. The airport is located just 10km from Tamworth’s town centre. From here you can hire a car, catch a taxi or Uber to your preferred destination. To get directions from your current location to Tamworth, click HERE.

Top Bucket List Experiences

1 – The Tamworth Country Music Festival

“Tamworth in January is hot, it's casual, its stars and Golden Guitars; it’s happy crowds, it's tents and caravans, it's easy going camaraderie... "G'day mate and where are you from?", it’s concerts and shows, it's buskers, it's folding chairs, big hats and eskies.”
- Max Ellis, Festival Co-Founder
Held in January each year, the Tamworth Country Music Festival is an absolute must for everyone's Aussie Bucket List.

2 – The Big Golden Guitar

The Big Golden Guitar - Destination NSW

A trip to Tamworth would not be complete without capturing a snap of yourself with the Big Golden Guitar. Located at the Tamworth Tourist Information Centre, this is also where you will find the Wax Museum and the National Guitar Museum.

3 – The Wax Museum

The Wax Museum had a makeover in 2020 and is well worth a visit when in Tamworth. Located at the Big Golden Guitar is the Wax Museum and the National Guitar Museum. A great starting point for your trip to Tamworth in country New South Wales.

4 – The National Guitar Museum

The National Guitar Museum is located at the Big Golden Guitar in Tamworth, New South Wales.

5 – The Australian Country Music Hall of Fame

The Australian Country Music Hall of Fame houses Australia's most iconic country music memorabilia. This includes musical instruments and garments worn by Australia's most famous country music starts. The hall is in the shape of a huge guitar, located at 561 Peel St, Tamworth. Entry for children under 12 years is free, and a small entry fee of $7.00 (at the time of writing) is applicable for adults. 

6 – The Roll of Renown

The Roll of Renown is one of the most prestigious awards in the history of Australian Country Music. Tex Morton won the first Roll of Renown award in 1976, followed by many more iconic country music stars including Slim Dusty, John Williamson, Ray and Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers and Troy Cassar-Daley. The awards are embedded into giant granite boulders at the TRECC.

7 – The Galaxy of Stars

The Galaxy of Stars and the Roll of Renown plaques are located in the forecourt of the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC). The Galaxy of Stars award was introduced in 2000 to formally recognise the achievements of outstanding country music stars.

8 – Oxley Lookout

Oxley Lookout is located just 1km from the centre of town. There are picnic tables, information signs, plenty of parking and numerous vantage points to take in the spectacular view over Tamworth city and the surrounding region. Add this to your Aussie Bucket List for when you are in Tamworth. An easy short drive that is well worth it.

9 – Tamworth Regional Playground

Tamworth Regional Playground has to be the best playground that we have ever seen in Australia! The kids could literally spend all day here, with numerous play sections to suit all ages, cycling tracks, picnic areas, a splash area and the Hopscotch restaurant open all day for breakfast and lunch.

10 – Goonoo Goonoo Station

The Goonoo Goonoo Station is located just 25 minutes from Tamworth and is worth a spot on your Aussie Bucket List. The Glasshouse Restaurant offers spectacular views over the surrounding farm land, and provides excellent service in a relaxed setting. You will not be disappointed!

11 – Chaffy Dam

Chaffy Dam is located along the road to Nundle from Tamworth. Popular for boating, swimming, fishing and camping, pull up at the Chaffy Dam Lookout for this spectacular view!

12 – Day trip to Nundle

Nundle is a gorgeous little country town about 60km from Tamworth. Head here for a day trip from Tamworth to take a step back in time to Australia's gold-mining era. Visit the Nundle Woolen Mill, the Mount Misery Gold Mine and Museum and Hanging Rock Lookout.

13 – Nundle Woolen Mill

The Nundle Woolen Mill is an award winning tourism attraction, make sure you take one of their guided tours of the Woolen Mill while you are here.

14 – Mount Misery Gold Museum & Cafe

A family owned small business, the Mount Misery Gold Mine and Museum is another must-visit place when in Nundle, New South Wales.

15 – Hanging Rock Lookout

Hanging Rock Lookout is a hidden gem offering spectacular views out over the surrounding region. It is located along a dirt track, near Sheba Dam. The view at sunset would be incredible.

16 – Sheba Dam

If you take a trip to the Hanging Rock Lookout and you have an appreciation for Australia's great outdoors, stop here for a swim and a picnic lunch. It is just a dirt parking area so don't expect too much, however there is a picnic area, amenities with a small jetty out to the dam. Go for a swim in the dam or a kayak if you have one, and enjoy your time taking in the Australian bush.

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Written by Samantha Raine - Aussie Bucket List 

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