Choose your Rhythm
The Tamworth region 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 this much-loved music genre and discover the rich folklore and culture on display at these popular country music attractions.
Australian Country Music Hall of Fame
Start your journey by discovering the story of country music and how Tamworth became Australia’s Country Music Capital at the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame in the famous guitar shaped building, incorporating the Walk a Country Mile Interpretive Centre and the the Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame 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.
Tamworth Songwriters Association Song Makers Tribute
Adjacent to the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame is a 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
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.
Golden Guitar Winners Plaques
As you walk along the southern side of 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
At the corner of Kable Avenue and Brisbane Street, see how your prints match up with the Country Music Hands of Fame, where new inductees leave their mark during the Tamworth Country Music Festival every year.
Legends of Country Music in Bronze
Discover the Legends of Country Music in Bronze at Bicentennial Park, where country music greats such as Tex Morton, Stan Coster and Reg Lindsay have been immortalised in bronze.
Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre and Gallery of Stars Wax Museum
Jump in the car and head out to the famous Big Golden Guitar on Goonoo Goonoo Road – an icon of the Country Music Capital and required photo opportunity for any Tamworth region visitor. Browse the wall of signed guitars from world-known performers including Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, John Williamson, Troy Cassar-Daley and Keith Urban, and read their thoughts on visiting Tamworth.
While you’re there, head into the Gallery of Stars Wax Museum to check out the likenesses of Smoky Dawson, Buddy Williams, Jimmy Little, Beccy Cole, Chad Morgan and dozens more, with original outfits, settings and personal histories that reflect their lives and times.
Galaxy of Stars and Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown
The last stop on your tour is the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC), where you’ll see the Galaxy of Stars featuring 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. Anne Kirkpatrick, Slim Dusty, Adam Harvey and the McClymonts are just a few of the stars already inducted.
You can also view the Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown, where artists are recognised for their significant contribution to the industry.