Tamworth is still essentially a small country town that comes alive with the world renowned Country Music Festival in January. That said, outside these dates, you'll be hard pressed to find much indications of country music. The climate in Tamworth can be extremely variable, with temperatures hitting 0 or below at night and in the summer it can be uncomfortably hot.
Tamworth is about 3 hours driving from Sydney or 7 hours from Brisbane, it is also accessible by train from Sydney
Places to Stay
Queensbury Hill YHA (Howard Street) - Nearer to the centre than the other YHA this hostel is large and can be a bit cold, but nethertheless it has everything you could possibly need from a hostel
The Nunnery (116 Nicholson Street) - Set in an old nunnery, this large victorian buildings offers reasonably priced rooms. The rooms are on the general in the need of a little bit of repair and the bathrooms could do with a little bit of work aswell. But apart from this it is a really nice, friendly hostel so don't be put off.
Places to Eat/Drink
Courthouse Hotel - Local Betting Shop Pub, Happy Hour3-5, Local Bands on Fridays
Tamworth Hotel - Large recently refurbished pub/restaurant with games bar, drinking bar, brasserie and beer garden. There is also a drive thru bottle shop a couple of doors down
The Peel Inn - Big pub in town, a nice place to enjoy a drink outside in the afternoon sun
Joe Maguire's - Family orientated Food Pub serving bland food in a canteen style atmosphere, small side bar.
Imperial Hotel - Lively pub right in the heart of town with good music, pool and SKY. Can get busy and rowdy on the weekends
Things to do
Nundle - A forty minute drive from Tamworth is this quaint village with a good general store selling chutneys and other similar gifts. The Cotton Mill was also recommended
Hanging Rock (Near Nundle) - Good views of the local area
Gunnedah - Where some of Superman Returns was filmed
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Info supplied by Andy Webb