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Tamworth's heritage

Well, let's be honest. Think Tamworth, think country music. If you don't live in the vicinity and haven't got relatives there well, that's all you are likely to know about Tamworth.
What it is is a rural town that has survived the rural downturn and generally has an air of prosperity about it, helped in no small measure by the country music festival that takes place on the week running into the 26th January. The only problem is that it's either too hot or the place is flooded when the festival is on. There seems to be no in between. Fortunately the latter doesn't happen too often though the former can be uncomfortable. Inside some of the venues there is no air conditioning and, even where there is it is stretched beyond its limit more often than not.
The talent on show varies from world class to "why-on-earth-would-you-bother?" though it is fair to suggest that the large majority of acts are well worth watching.
From the street buskers to the crowded Entertainment Centre where the Golden Guitar awards are handed out, there's something that everyone can afford.
2004 saw the passing of Australia's greatest (no-one else comes remotely close) country music legend Slim Dusty. Here was a man who never lost his values, never got above his station in life, eschewed all that country music stands for. I have never heard anyone say anything bad about this man. May you rest in peace Slim.
This is a shot of some mosaics at the main intersection in Peel Street.

The other 11 months

Tamworth has some lovely parks. Not dramatically spectacular, just very human in scale and nice to be in. My favourite is Anzac Park on the hill on the north of Tamworth which also happens to be the area where much of the lovely architecture is as well.
This is a great area to spend some time walking around. Decidedly pleasant if I may say so.

I used to go to Tamworth a lot with my job, now I'm an irregular visitor but still I've managed to get to the Country Music Week four times.
You have to remember that country music is only a part of what goes on. Here is an example of other things you might see....the world's most poisonous snake.
And that's only the tip of the iceberg, there are so many other types of music to be had during Country Music Week.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Country music, a good stop en route Sydney-Brisbane, nice parks
  • Cons:Hot in summer
  • In a nutshell:Busy rural town with nice hillside suburbs.
  • Last visit to Tamworth: Jan 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Can be very hot some times..It was the year we went.
    We were at Parkes this year for Elvis and came home via Tamworth...Hey that was some story about the motor home fire. Just the same in a plane...the burning of the plastics makes the air nasty

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2006 at 2:52 AM

    You know Ian, there's been some talk about people not rating tips about sunsets and random pix taken. Well I can tell you mate This is one hellova page!! And I rated everything!! Really enjoyed your personal touch!! Keep up the great work!! Cheers Ann :o)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2004 at 7:22 PM

    Can't believe I'm the first to see this unique page. A parade, biggest line dance, decorated cars, & country music. Loved the butterfly on the Rose photo (I can see why it took 20 minutes to capture!) I would probably enjoy the botanical garden the most.


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