The perfect place to visit for families
Tamworth has stacks of activities, adventures and places to visit for families. There is so much to enjoy – from a taste of outdoor country life to state-of-the-art playgrounds.
While Tamworth Country Music Festival offers a ten-day program of family street music, children’s concerts, baby animal farms and play areas, the region offers so much more throughout the year.
Tamworth Regional Playground
Children of all ages will find endless enjoyment at the new Tamworth Regional Playground. It has a skywalk, three giant slides, four towers, a bike track, junior and senior fitness circuits, a dual flying fox and a waterfall with a three-metre sway bridge. When it’s time to refresh and recover, there’s a new café/restaurant where you can take a well-earned break. Tamworth Regional Playground adjoins the lush, green Bicentennial Park, where kids can ride along the extensive paths and feed the friendly ducks in the ponds. Click here to find out more and check out the map of the Playground!
Victoria Park Precinct
Tamworth’s Marsupial Park is a native animal experience unlike any other in NSW. Children can get close to kangaroos, wallabies, cockatoos and emus, spot the species in the free-flight aviary and hand feed the Indian peacocks.
The 14-hectare park is run by volunteers and entry is by donation. Its new Adventure Playground has two distinct areas: for under-5s and for over-5s. The design encourages children to use their fine and gross motor-skills – and of course, their imagination. There are barbecue facilities and bathrooms. Entry is free. Click here for more Marsupial Park Information.
Just down the road from Marsupial Park is Tamworth Miniature Railway. Train rides operate on the third Sunday of every month for just a couple of bucks – make sure to wear enclosed shoes (no crocs). This venue is currently closed for the foreseeable future to help minimise the spread of COVID-19.
Looking at a city from above offers a pause for perspective and reflection. The best vantage point in Tamworth is the Oxley Scenic Lookout, a picturesque spot to have a picnic and see the city and the Peel River Plain extending to the Liverpool Ranges. Don’t forget your camera to take snapshots of the panorama.
The family fun continues...
In warmer months, the council opens six swimming pools across the region. For more wet stuff, Lake Keepit offers endless activities to keep children entertained, including a water park, playground, pool, and boat hire. And Chaffey Dam, just 20 minutes drive from Tamworth offers great camping spots, water sports and fishing.
During school holidays, Tamworth Sports Dome, Tamworth region libraries and The Youthie run busy programs, which usually include crafts, video and board games, and sporting comps and clinics. Tamworth Shopping World, Centrepoint Tamworth and Tamworth Square (formerly City Plaza) all offer children’s activities during school holidays also, such as crafts, animal displays and performances
If your children are wheelie keen to get moving, try Tamworth Skate Park, which has ramps, mini ramps and a half-pipe, or Tamworth Mountain Bike Park, where the range of riding tracks includes very easy kids’ tracks with only a few ups and downs.
Tamworth Paintball and Laser Tag at Kootingal offers more than a dozen fields. Paintball is for ages 16-plus, and games include Glenrowan – raid Ned Kelly’s home town and rob a bank; black hawk down – a helicopter goes down in an enemy village and you have to save the pilot; and Berlin – fight your way into the city and capture Hitler’s bunker. Laser tag is for ages 4-plus and games include capture the flag and rescuing a comrade caught behind enemy lines.
Thorny’s Putt Putt at the Longyard Golf Course features two 18-hole courses: the Dragon course for beginners and the Devil course for those who like a challenge. There is a fun, fully fenced children's play area and shaded seating to enjoy a meal or drink.
Have your kids ever seen the power, precision and discipline of sporting horses? Almost every weekend there are events at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC), including dressage, showjumping and cutting, where you can see some of the best sport horses and riders in the country.
Indoor activities across Tamworth will keep the kids busy for hours:
- Kids Zone has three different age-appropriate areas and a cafe
- Jump Up Trampoline Zone has 870 sq m of bounce, including an area for under-7s, dodgeball and basketball court, plus a foam pit and cafe
- LevelUp Family Amusement Centre offers tenpin bowling and arcade games. Forum 6 Cinemas has regular kids’ and family movies, weekly screenings for parents and under-5s (who get in free), as well as school holiday ticket specials
- SK8 Thunderdome is all about having lots of fun in a safe environment. There are sessions and activities for all ages and skill levels from novice beginner to advanced speed skaters.