Country Music Trail
In addition to hosting the annual and internationally renowned country music festival, Tamworth offers an extensive country music trail – that’s open every day – which takes you from Australian country music’s inception through to its current heights. Explore the history and heritage of Australian country music; discover the rich folklore and culture on display at these popular country music attractions.
Walk A Country Mile and the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame incorporating The Broadcasters Hall of Fame
Discover the story of Australian country music and how Tamworth became ‘Country Music Capital’... by starting your journey at the Walk a Country Mile Interpretive Centre and the Country Music Hall of Fame in the famous guitar shaped building. The Hall of Fame also contains a comprehensive country music archive and a fascinating display featuring more than 40 themed exhibits from the pioneers, their costumes, posters, recordings and personal effects. The Broadcasters Hall of Fame recognising country music broadcasters is also on display.
Tamworth Songwriters Association Song Makers Tribute
Adjacent to the Hall of Fame is the tribute to country music composers. Each year the Tamworth Songwriters Association members induct a songwriter who has made a lasting and important contribution to Australian country music songwriting.
Smoky Dawson Bronze Statue
Outside the Council Building in Peel Street is the Smoky Dawson Memorial statue. It is the work of gifted sculptor Tania Bartlett. The statue, unveiled by Dick Smith in 2012, recognises the outstanding contribution of the late Smoky Dawson to Australian country music.
Slim Dusty and Joy McKean Bronze Statue
Further down Peel Street is the Slim Dusty and Joy McKean statue, unveiled at the 2014 Tamworth Country Music Festival. The life size bronze of Slim and Joy dressed in 1957 style, is a permanent tribute to these two iconic figures.
Golden Guitar Winners Plaques
As you walk along the southern side of Peel Street, from Fitzroy to Brisbane Streets, bronze plaques with the names of the winners of the Country Music Awards of Australia, are inlaid into the footpath.
Legends of Country Music in Bronze, Bicentennial Park
The row of Bronze Busts in Bicentennial Park commemorates Australia’s country music legends Tex Morton, Buddy Williams, Barry Thornton, Stan Coster, Reg Lindsay, Jimmy Little and Australia’s female pioneer, Shirley Thomas. It was started in 1991 and a new Bust is added every couple of years.
Country Music ‘Hands of Fame’ Park
Established in 1977, the ‘Hands of Fame’ Park honours individuals who have made an ongoing contribution to the Australian country music industry. This attraction features more than 250 handprints of country music stars and well known country music personalities, all imprinted in concrete with new “hands” inducted each January.
Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown
Standing in front of Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC), the Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown honours those who have made a significant and lasting contribution to country music. The Award was inaugurated by Radio 2TM in 1976 when legend Tex Morton was presented with the first Roll of Renown Award. Since then around 50 country music pioneers and greats (individuals and groups) including such names at Slim Dusty, John Williamson, Phil and Tommy Emmanuel and Lee Kernaghan, have been immortalised on the giant granite boulders in the nation’s Country Music Capital.
Galaxy of Stars
The Galaxy of Stars features some of Australia’s top country music performers. Each year stars are irecognised with star shaped plaques set into the TRECC forecourt to celebrate their place in country music. Anne Kirkpatrick, Slim Dusty, Adam Harvey and the McClymonts are just a few of the stars inducted into the Galaxy at TRECC.
Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre and Gallery of Stars Wax Museum
The famous Big Golden Guitar is an icon of Tamworth, the Country Music Capital. The Wax Museum was opened in 1988 by Slim Dusty. The guitar, modelled on the famous bronze Golden Guitar Awards trophies, is 12 metres high and is made of fibreglass. The Wax Museum figures, made in Nashville in the early eighties, feature over 20 Australian stars and pioneers, including Slim Dusty, Tex Morton and Buddy Williams. There is also a café and souvenier shop. The Visitor Information Centre is located in this building.