Tamworth (New South Wales)

Tamworth (population 56,000 in c.2007) is a city in the New England region in New South Wales, Australia.

Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre

Tamworth is nationally famous as the "Country Music Capital of Australia", annually hosting the Tamworth Country Music Festival in late January. The city is recognised as the "National Equine Capital of Australia" because of the high volume of equine events held in the city and the construction of the world class Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC). The city additionally is known as the "City of Lights", being the first place in the Southern Hemisphere to utilise electric street lights.

Get in

By car

The New England Highway runs inland between Sydney and Brisbane via Tamworth.

Sydney - Tamworth = 414 km

Canberra - Tamworth = 538 km

By train

Countrylink trains connect Tamworth to Armidale and Sydney daily. A connecting bus travels along the old branch line to Inverell before each train departure and after each arrival.

Peel Street is less than 5 minutes walk downhill from the station.

By plane

QANTAS runs regular services between Sydney and Armidale via Tamworth. Taxi and car hire is available on-site.

Get around

The main mall along Peel Street can be walked on foot in about twenty minutes. The nice parks between the mall and the Peel River have pedestrian and cycle paths running through them. For anywhere else in the city, a car is definitely recommended.

A couple of bus companies run services through Tamworth on weekdays.

During the Country Music Festival in January there are special bus services which do various circuits of the city.


The Golden Guitar



The mass number of visitors means that accommodation throughout the area is consistently booked out for this period up to 12 months in advance, with many visitors camping in caravans and tents by the cities riverside. The festival is the second biggest country music festival in the world. A significant degree of national media coverage is given to the festival with all television networks showing the festival in the news. The commercial television stations Channel Seven, Ten and Nine have all broadcast shows and segments from the festival. (date needs updating)


Tamworth is a great retail sector for the New England with 5 Major Shopping Complexes, 3 Down the main Street.




Imperial Hotel, Cnr Brisbane and Marius Street, known to the young people of the town as "The Impy", is the hub of Tamworth's night life.

Good companions, Brisbane Street, also known as "The Goodies". With it's recently refurbished metro styling is another of the many local hotels. One of the few local venues with a cocktail list.

Tamworth Hotel, Marius Street (opposite the train station), known for its selection of beers, cigars and fine wine.

Central Hotel, Cnr Peel and Brisbane Street.

For a cheap drink visit one of the registered clubs, including Wests Diggers, West Tamworth League Club, the Services Club, or one of the sporting clubs.


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