Eight ways to experience the outdoors in the Tamworth region

Though the weather is starting to cool down, it’s not time to hibernate yet!

It’s the perfect time of year to get outdoors and take in the fresh air, and with so many fantastic outdoor experiences at your fingertips in the Tamworth region, you’d be missing out if you didn’t. 

From mountain biking and bird watching to hiking and outback experiences, we’re spoilt for choice and you can be too! Here are our top eight outdoor experiences in the Tamworth region.

1. Get that helmet, and slap it on! Head to the Tamworth Mountain Bike Park on Forest Road for fantastic and free fun where you’ll find around a dozen tracks for riders of all abilities, including beginners, advanced riders and kids. 
 2. Feel like a challenge? Join the Tamworth Birdwatchers in marking 200 years since John Oxley passed through the Tamworth region. They’ve set the task of sighting 200 species of birds within the Tamworth region by 31 December, 2018 and they’re already at 179! 
 3. Get a taste of that outback life by booking an experience at the Leconfield Jackaroo and Jillaroo School in Dungowan, where you can experience horse whispering, sheep shearing, cattle mustering, working-dog demonstrations, fencing and whip-cracking amongst other activities on a five- or eleven-day course. Eat, sleep and live without frills; it’s an escape guaranteed to help you press ‘reset’. 
 4. Head out on a day trip from Barraba to Horton Falls, where you can see the magnificent falls from a number of vantage points. If you’re the hiking type, the two-hour walk to the base of the gorge will reward with some stunning scenery, so it’s definitely worth the physical exertion. 
 5. Take the kids for an adventure to the Tamworth Marsupial Park for a native animal experience unlike any other in New South Wales, where they can get close to kangaroos, wallabies, cockatoos and emus, before wearing themselves out at the community-built Adventure Playground
 6. Grab the canoe and head up to Warrabah National Park and into the Namoi River before it gets too chilly and experience the tranquillity of the national park from a whole new view point! If being in the water isn’t your thing, there’s plenty to do on the banks including hiking, camping and picnicking. 
 7. Head out on a trail ride and soak up the beautiful scenery at Tamworth & Kootingal Horse Riding Adventures, where you can take a picnic and enjoy the views.
 8. Dig out that fishing rod one last time before winter and head down to Chaffey Dam, where you might get lucky and hook a Murray cod, yellowbelly, silver perch, catfish or rainbow trout.

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