The Big Golden Guitar

Choose your Rhythm

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Located in the Country Music Capital, the Big Golden Guitar stands prominently on the New England Highway on the southern approach to Tamworth. With easy parking options for travellers in all vehicles from motorbikes and cars through to caravans and RVs, it's the perfect stop-off on your visit.

The Big Golden Guitar is an Australian and Tamworth icon, which has been visited and photographed by literally hundreds of thousands of people, has featured in many film and TV documentaries and has served as a backdrop for a number of TV commercials. It was officially opened by country music star Slim Dusty and Mr Paul Crombie, General Manager of Tourism NSW, on January 25th 1988.

It is a tribute to Tamworth’s rich country music heritage and international reputation as the heart of Australian country music, and is a replica of the famous Golden Guitar Award presented to artists at the annual Country Music Awards of Australia, the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards.

After you've got a selfie at the Big Golden Guitar, make sure you get the full country music experience by visiting the Gallery of Stars Wax Museum, National Guitar Museum and the Strings and Beans Cafe.

The cafe offers a selection of freshly made food and refreshments including house made cakes and slices, delicious breakfasts' or classic lunches. Food and refreshments can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors or even on the go for those keen to get out and explore the region. Plus, choose from an assortment of the best local and regional produce or the home made chocolate to take away and enjoy later.

These great experiences are all located in the Tamworth Visitor Information Centre at the Big Golden Guitar. While you're there, pick up some #TamworthNSW merchandise and chat to our friendly volunteers.

Did you know? 

Slim Dusty and Lee Kernaghan have won more Golden Guitars than any other Australian Country Music recording artists?

The Big Golden Guitar is 12 metres high and weighs half a tonne?

The Big Golden Guitar is made of fibreglass over a steel frame?

The Big Golden Guitar has no strings!

The original concept of the Golden Guitar Award came from 2TM's John Minson and Max Ellis in 1972 and the detailed design was by Tamworth artist Harry Frost. The Golden Guitar Awards were (and still are today) cast in solid bronze on a base of polished Tasmanian Blackwood. They are 325mm high and weigh 1.5 kilograms.

Don't forget to share your photos with us by tagging @tamworthnsw and using #TamworthNSW!

The Big Golden Guitar is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For information on the Tamworth Visitor Information Centre's opening hours, visit our contact page.

The Big Golden Guitar
2 Ringers Road (corner New England Highway and The Ringers Road)
Tamworth NSW 2340
Phone: (02) 6767 5300

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