1 August 2018
Winter doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, and in the Tamworth region, it’s anything but! If it’s just that bit too cold outside, you can keep those good times rolling indoors with these five winter warmer activities in the Tamworth region.
For those amongst us with a bit of cultural nous, a cold afternoon spent browsing a gallery (or multiple) is an afternoon well spent!
- Weswal Gallery – Showcasing fine art from both emerging and established Australian artists, Weswal Gallery is a must visit destination in the Tamworth region for art-lovers, with their exhibits changing regularly. If you want to take a piece of it home with you, make sure you check out the gallery shop, which displays a big range of Australian made and designed products.
- Volcania Art Glass at Nundle Art Gallery – Some would argue that the whole village of Nundle is a living artwork, but there’s a particular nook that’s home to some pretty unique artworks and that’s the Nundle Art Gallery. There, you’ll find handmade Volcania Art Glass, alongside an ever evolving exhibition of art with a local twist. They’re also a finalist in the 2018 Tamworth Business Chamber Quality Business Awards, so you know they’re good!
- Tamworth Regional Gallery – Back in 1919, John Salvana gifted 100 paintings and works on paper to Tamworth Regional Gallery, kick-starting the permanent collection there. Today, it’s the second oldest regional gallery in NSW and also houses the nationally significant Tamworth Textile Collection including works from some of Australia’s most innovative and acclaimed textile artists.
Learn more about galleries in the Tamworth region here
Embrace the old
We’ve told you about our history as the first Australian city to be lit by municipal electric street lighting (if you missed the memo, you’d better add the Tamworth Powersation Museum
to your to-do list too), but that’s just skimming the surface of our region’s rich and quirky heritage.
- Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum – This impressive museum is fast becoming a Mecca for bike enthusiasts, housing a private collection of over 50 bikes including Ducati, Triumph, Honda, Velocette, Laverda and the extremely rare limited edition F4 MV Agusta Series ORO. If all of that means nothing to you, your education begins now!
- Tamworth Hospital Nursing & Medical Museum – It’s the final resting place for decades’ worth of retired surgical tools, dentistry equipment and medicine bottles, and the perfect day out to remind those kids just how good they have it in 2018!
- Shed of Knowledge – If memorabilia is your thing, you’ll find kindred spirits in Barraba’s Ron & Helen Hiscock. They’ve compiled a private and comprehensive collection over the years and opened it to the public, so head to Barraba for your next walk down memory lane.
Learn more about museums in the Tamworth region here
Get some music into ya
They say music makes the world go ‘round, and there’s nowhere that’s more true than the Country Music Capital.
- Australian Country Music Hall of Fame – If you’re after a quintessential ‘Tamworth country music’ experience, the guitar-shaped building in the centre of town is definitely the place to start. You’ll find displays of memorabilia marking a timeline of country music including everyone from Buddy Williams and Smoky Dawson through to Beccy Cole and Adam Harvey, plus the interactive Walk a Country Mile exhibit.
- Gallery of Stars Wax Museum – Come face-to-face with (the wax versions of) some of Australia’s most famous country stars, all hanging out together in the Gallery of Stars Wax Museum at the Big Golden Guitar. Look, it’s not quite the real thing but it’s pretty damn close!
- Live music – We might be known for the music festival vibes in January (which, by the way, saw the Toyota Country Music Festival, Tamworth take out gold in the Major Event category at the Destination NSW Country and Outback Regional Tourism Awards recently), but did you know that the Tamworth region plays hosts to more than ten live gigs every single week (and not just country music!)?
Learn more about music experiences in the Tamworth region here
Release some energy
Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that the kids have to be cooped up indoors. They can stay warm and wear themselves out whilst you sit back and watch… you’re welcome!
Kids Zone – Let them loose amongst the slides, climbing frames and ball pits, while you sit back and thanks the Good Lord for playgrounds.
Jump Up Trampoline Zone – its trampoline heaven, and its not just for the littlies! All ages can get involved with dodgeball courts, slam dunk, running walls and a foam pit.
Learn more about playing indoors in the Tamworth region here
Roadtrip with the gang
No matter who you’re travelling with, a weekend is never a bad one when it involves a roadtrip and exploring new places.
Nundle & Hanging Rock – The journey’s half the fun when you’re heading into the hills, where beautiful scenery will accompany you for the whole 40-minute trip from Tamworth.
Uralla– If cool-climate wines and delicious local produce are your thing, a day trip to Uralla is definitely on the cards.
Willow Tree – Take the Tourist drive via Werris Creek and Quirindi, before landing in Willow Tree for a lazy lunch and plenty of laughs.
Learn more about day tripping in the Tamworth region here.