Country Music Experiences

Choose your Rhythm

Here in the Country Music Capital, we love us some country music. And we've got a bunch of experiences to prove it!

Tamworth Visitor Information Centre at the Big Golden Guitar

The Tamworth Visitor Information Centre at the Big Golden Guitar is the perfect first stop for the music-lover; home to two of the region’s most popular museums, a café and merchandise store. 

Grab a selfie at the famous Big Golden Guitar, an Australian icon. Located at the southern entrance to the Country Music Capital, it’s modelled on the famous Golden Guitar Award statues, stands at 12 meters high and is constructed of fibreglass. 

The National Guitar Museum features more than 45 signed guitars, and tells the stories of some of the world’s most iconic instruments owned by some of music’s biggest names. Opened in 2020, it houses a constantly evolving collection. 

The Country Music Wax Museum features the likenesses of over 20 Australian country music stars and pioneers including Slim Dusty and opened in 1988.

 

You can also grab a coffee and some fantastic homemade meals, or local produce at the Strings and Beans Café. Did you know they make their own chocolate? Yum!

Australian Country Music Hall of Fame 

The Australian Country Music Hall of Fame is housed within a unique guitar-shaped building and home to extensive collections documenting the development of the Australian Country Music Industry and the story behind how Tamworth became known as the Country Music Capital. The complex includes Walk A Country Mile – an interactive exhibition – and The Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

 

 

Smoky Dawson Bronze Statue

Head down Peel Street where, outside the Tamworth Regional Council building, you can take a minute with Smoky Dawson – a memorial statue by 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

Keep on walking down Peel Street and you’ll bump into 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 1950s style is a permanent tribute to these two iconic figures.

Country Music Pioneers Parade 

This row of bronze busts in Bicentennial Park commemorates some of the legends of Australian country music including Tex Morton, Buddy Williams, Barry Thornton, Stan Coster, Reg Lindsay, Jimmy Little, Shirley Thoms and Chad Morgan. A bust of Frank Ifield was installed in January, 2019.

 

Golden Guitar Award Winners Plaques

As you walk along Peel Street (from Fitzroy to Brisbane Streets), bronze plaques inlaid into the footpath celebrate past winners of Golden Guitar Awards.

Country Music Hands of Fame Park

Established in 1977, this park honours individuals who have made an ongoing contribution to the Australian country music industry and features over 250 handprints belonging to artists and other industry personalities. New “hands” are added each January during the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

 

Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown

Standing in front of Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC) is the Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown. The roll honours those who have made a significant and lasting contribution in the industry. Over 50 country music icons have been immortalised on the giant granite boulders, with new additions unveiled each year at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Galaxy of Stars

The Galaxy of Stars features some of Australia’s top country music performers. Each year stars are recognised with star shaped plaques set into the forecourt to celebrate their place in country music.

 

Explore these fantastic country music experiences on our Country Music Trail.

 

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