Home to a range of world class facilities
Sporting life in the region is busy, and the team sports calendar is packed with training, coaching, clinics, games or carnivals every weekend.
Major sports facilities include Tamworth Sports Dome and Tamworth Regional Sporting Complex. Your visit to the region could include cheering on an exciting basketball game, grabbing the paddle for a social game of table tennis, or your children taking advantage of the school holiday activities at the Dome. You might prefer to watch others do all the hard work, and catch an athletics carnival or a hockey match at the complex.
If you want to kick a footy around, choose any of the region’s many green spaces and sports grounds, or the kids might try some tricks at skate parks in Tamworth, Barraba, Manilla or Kootingal.
The city and villages have many walking and cycling tracks, so you can stay active or explore the area at your leisure. One is the scenic Peel River levee bank track – a fully sealed, gently undulating track along the river, suitable to walk, run or cycle. Street and cycleway maps of the city and villages can be found on the council website. Nundle has a new Riverside Walk – a shared walk/cycleway that follows the lovely Peel River.
Tamworth has caught the running fever – a 5km park run is held at weekends, and Tamworth Running Festival in August includes a walk, fun run, 10km and half-marathon, as well as a 60m dash for cash.
Experience the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC), which hosts more than 50 events per year, from agility dogs and alpacas to rodeos and showjumping. It has an indoor arena with tiered seating for 3360 people, horse sporting fields, two dressage areas and more. A state of the art venue, internationally renowned for the quality and quantity of facilities, AELEC stands apart from all other venues of its type. Thanks to the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC), the region is recognised as the Sporting Horse Capital of Australia.
In warmer months, the region’s six public pools are a cool playground for families, and also hold swimming squads, fitness training and triathlons.
Barraba Memorial Swimming Complex & Hydrotherapy Pool | Cnr Queen & Savoy Streets, Barraba | P: 02 6782 1038
Kootingal War Memorial Swimming Pool | Denman Street, Kootingal | P: 02 6760 3431
Manilla Memorial Swimming Pool | Cnr Arthur & Church Streets, Manilla | P: 02 6785 1436
Nundle Swimming Pool | Jenkins Street, Nundle | P: 02 6769 3111
South & West Tamworth War Memorial Swimming Pool | Cnr Kent & Belmore Streets, South Tamworth | P: 02 6765 7307
Tamworth Olympic Swimming Pool | Cnr Bridge Street & Kable Avenue, Tamworth | P: 02 6766 2808
Opening times can be found on Tamworth Regional Council’s website | W: tamworth.nsw.gov.au/Recreation/Aquatic-Facilities