For many years the name Tamworth has been synonymous with Country Music and the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival has long been the highlight of the Australian Country Music calendar. The festival, started over 40 years ago, is held in January each year over a period of 10 days and attracts acts and visitors from all over the country and world.
The Tamworth Country Music Festival was started in 1973 when local country music radio station 2TM created the Country Music Awards and planned the ‘festival’ to draw recognition to the awards. The festival has often been recognised as one of the ten best music festivals in the world and Tamworth accommodation books out months in advance.
If you’re visiting Tamworth outside of the Tamworth Country Music Festival period there’s plenty to do and country music fans are still well catered for. The Tamworth Visitor’s centre is a shrine to the local Country Music history and is fronted by the Big Golden Guitar, an Australian icon. The Big Golden Guitar is an enormous replica of the Golden Guitar awards presented each year at the country music awards and is known throughout the world identifying Tamworth as the Australian home of country music. The Walk a Country Mile Museum is located in the Visitor’s Centre and tells the story of the shaping of the Australian country music industry in an interactive and entertaining way. The Big Golden Guitar Gallery of Stars Wax Museum is a must see and houses a collection of wax figurines of the biggest names in Australian country music including display boards outlining their achievements and biography.
The Australian Country Music Hall of Fame is a relatively new addition to the Tamworth Country Music attractions and was created to protect and preserve Australia’s country music history and in the process promote the industry. The Hands of Fame Cornerstone, in the tradition of Hollywood Boulevard, immortalises the hand prints of prominent contributors to the Australian country music industry. There are over 300 hand casts in concrete in a garden setting with admission free.
The Quality Hotel Powerhouse Tamworth is one of Tamworth’s premier hotels and is close to most major Tamworth attractions. The hotel boasts 24hr room service, a resort style swimming pool, spa, sauna, gym, playground and BBQ area and a range of hotel rooms to suit all needs.