Ten days of pure country

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    Australian Country Music Hall of Fame

    Slim Dusty posters on display. Regular changing exhibits include clothing, instruments, posters and other items from artists Buddy Williams, Tex Morton, Smoky Dawson and many others.

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    Entrance to the Paul Kelly exhibition

    This exhibition presents a multifaceted portrait of Paul Kelly over the course of his performance career, Kelly is regarded by many as the Australian people’s poet. These portraits selected from ...

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    Paul Kelly and the Portraits

    At Tamworth Art Gallery. Image: Martin Philbey, Paul Kelly (detail), 2007, type C photograph, 105 × 130 cm. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

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    Remembering Slim Exhibition

    Max Ellis helping curate the Slim Dusty Exhibition. Image courtesy of Destination Tamworth.

  • Records on display at the Remembering Slim Dusty exhibition

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    Remembering Slim Exhibition

    Courtesy Destination Tamworth.

  • Tamworth Powerstation Museum

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    Tamworth Powerstation Museum

    Visit the Museum to celebrate 125 years of electric street lighting in Australia. The Museum is open Mon 20 Jan until Sat 25 Jan 2014, 9am to 4pm, small admission ...

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    Powerstation Museum

    The steam engines is running 23, 24 & 25 January 2014. Don’t miss it!

It's the Toyota Tamworth Music Festival time again and with more than 2,200 events and 400 performances across 90 venues North West and New England it's definitely the place to be right now.

If you want a brief respite from the music then Tamworth and surrounds have plenty on offer to deepen your musical celebration and appreciation of place.

Paul Kelly & the Portraits

Make sure you catch Paul Kelly & the Portraits at Tamworth Art Gallery. With a career spanning more than thirty years, Paul Kelly is regarded by many as Australian people’s poet. The exhibition includes multi media portraits selected from a range of artists and leading music photographers that provide insights into the complexities of Kelly’s dynamic and contemplative persona.

The exhibition includes the feature-length documentary, Paul Kelly: Stories of Me based on his ‘mongrel memoir’ and four films exploring the relationship and connection between Paul Kelly and three iconic Australians - Donald Bradman, Archie Roach and Vincent Lingiari.

Remembering Slim 

The Festival HQ is located within the Tamworth Regional Council building shares space with another great exhibition that commemorates the 10th anniversary of Slim Dusty’s death on September 19, 2003. 

Slim's musical and cultural legacy is immense. A talented writer himself, he recorded more than 1,000 songs that brought pleasure to millions of Australians in all walks of life. From Slim’s first recording with EMI in 1947 through to his death in 2003, he released over 100 albums and sold more than seven million units, making him one of the biggest record sellers in Australian history. 

You'll see artefacts, videos, awards, presentations and memorabilia that, together with his recordings, tell the colourful and fascinating story of one of Australia’s most loved figures.

Australian Country Music Hall of Fame

Located in the historic former Mechanics Institute building of 1866, the Hall of Fame is a 'must-see'. It displays memorabilia from pioneers of early country music through to our current stars. The regularly changing exhibits include clothing, instruments, posters and other items from artists Buddy Williams, Tex Morton, Smoky Dawson, Slim Dusty and many others.

Old Tamworth

While you’re in the area why not get a feel for authentic 19th century Tamworth? The shepherd's hut built in 1840 at Calala Cottage, is Tamworth's oldest surviving building. It housed the shepherd who was required to care for large mobs of sheep in the early days when property's had no fences.

Tamworth was the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to get electric street lighting and the Tamworth Powerstation Museum stands as testament to this momentous occasion in the heart of the city. This Aladdin’s Cave celebrates its 125th anniversary of street lighting this year. It's a great place to while away an hour with the family as volunteers introduce you to all the marvels of yesteryear, especially the operational steam engine.

And nearby?

Armidale is only a bit over an hour’s drive away. This region boasts spectacular world-heritage national parks, vineyards and a fascinating and diverse cultural experience.

If you’re in the mood for an art and coffee fix New England Regional Art Museum has some incredible collections, amazing art on display and one of the best cafes in the region. Or perhaps you want to explore colonial surrounds with a tour of the gorgeous Saumarez House.

Trails

If you have time then let us show you the way around. Take a morning or afternoon and explore Tamworth, Armidale or further afield using one of our trails

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Australian Country Music Hall of Fame

New England and North West

Calala Cottage

New England and North West

Tamworth Powerstation Museum

New England and North West

Tamworth Regional Gallery

New England and North West

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