Tamworth W ith a deserved reputation as Australia’s ‘Country Music Capital’, Tamworth offers visitors so much more than a thriving music scene, although it certainly has that. Named the “perfect country town” by Australian Traveller magazine, Tamworth is the best of both worlds; it has the ease and charm of a country town with the facilities and convenience of a modern city. Located on rich pastoral land surrounded by forested hills, Tamworth enjoys a backdrop of breathtaking scenery and promises unlimited adventures for the outdoors enthusiast, from biking to horse riding, kayaking and more. Its fertile soil makes it a productive agricultural region and in recent years this has given rise to a burgeoning food and wine scene. Tamworth should be on the radar for any foodie worth their salt, with a calendar of food and wine events, excellent cafes and restaurants, and regular farmers markets that celebrate the region’s growers and makers. The Tamworth Country Music Festival is held over 10 days in January and Did you know? The Tamworth Country Music Festival is the biggest music event in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the premier music festivals in the world 10 comprises more than 2800 events and more than 750 individual acts across 90 different venues. It’s an ungated festival experience like no other – add it to your bucket list! THE PIG AND TINDER BOX Tamworth’s hippest dining establishment, ‘The Pig’ – as locals lovingly refer to it – marries a classic pub vibe with that of a slick contemporary cocktail bar. The charming historic bank building houses a modern warehouse-style interior that serves as the dining hall, bar and kitchen. Food is served from midday until late, seven days a week, and tasty share plates and woodfired pizzas are the name of the game. fast facts • Tamworth is a regional events and sporting hub, with worldclass facilities including the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre and the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre. • Considered the home of country music in Australia, Tamworth enjoys a fabulous calendar of live music year-round, and offers visitors the chance to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Big Golden Guitar.