Tamworth: Capital of Country

The home of Australian country music has a rich heritage and arts scene.

Each year, Tamworth famously hosts the largest country music festival in the southern hemisphere. For ten days in January, the city becomes the hub for Australian country music as fans descend en masse with guitars strapped to their backs.

Tamworth has many country-related star attractions year round including the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame, which features memorabilia associated with some of Australia's best loved artists and also the award winning Walk A Country Mile Museum interpretive exhibit.

Close by is Tamworth Regional Gallery, famous for the Tamworth Textile Triennial (previously known as the Fibre Textile Biennial), considered the most authoritative exhibition of current textile art in Australia. 

Tamworth’s long and rich history is prominent by its noteworthy buildings. The Railway Station, the former Britten’s Brewery, the Victorian classical stuccoed brick post office designed by James Barnet and, of course the Power Station Museum, a unique tribute to the area as Tamworth was the first city in the Southern hemisphere to have electric street lights. The museum offers an extensive look at the changes and advancements in technologies over the years.

Only a short drive away is Tamworth’s first residence, Calala Cottage– a slab building from about 1840 which is the city’s oldest surviving building. Be sure to visit and see how Tamworth Historical Society is keeping the area’s history alive. 

To see dates and locations of artist's studios and artist's trails visit Country Art Escapes.

To see more about accommodation, restaurants and the range of national parks in the area go to Destination Tamworth or Visit NSW.


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