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The operating hours and capacity of the dams and outdoor activities may be impacted by the Covid-19 social distancing restrictions. Please contact the individual venue to determine any changes to their operations.
To slow the spread of Covid-19, please ensure that social distancing and personal hygiene is practised.
The Tamworth region has a number of public swimming pools where you can cool off, stay active, have a party or just relax. The water slides (at some facilities), lawns, BBQs, kiosks, amenities and surrounds are all maintained with your enjoyment in mind. Pools are located in Tamworth, Barraba, Kootingal, Manilla and Nundle.
For detailed information of pool locations and opening hours, click here.
Chaffey Dam is popular for water sports such as waterskiing, swimming, sailing, boating and fishing. There are beautiful parks and reserves for bushwalking and picnicking. Campsites at Chaffey Dam Camping Reserve and Bowling Alley Point Recreation Reserve have barbecue and toilet facilities. You can also check out the distinctive ‘morning glory’ spillway – one of only two in Australia, named after the flower and capable of discharging 903 cubic metres of water per second. The dam is fantastic for fishing, with Murray cod, yellowbelly, silver perch, catfish and rainbow trout in the water. Nundle Fishing Club also offers accommodation for anglers, waterskiers and bushwalkers.
West of Manilla, Lake Keepit offers boat hire so you can take advantage of this excellent boating and water sports location. Fishing is also good, and you could hook a silver perch, yellowbelly, Murray cod or even catfish.
Split Rock Dam
Split Rock Dam on Manilla River is a popular spot for boating, fishing and camping.
Tamworth Regional Skate Park
Officially opened in May 2019, the Tamworth Regional Skate Park is a state-of-the-art facility unique in the New England North West, and caters to all abilities. Located at the northern end of Peel Street, the park includes a modern skate park, "learn to ride" space, lighting, toilet block, BBQ with sheltered spaces and a car park.
Located at the Longyard Golf Course, Thorny’s Putt-Putt features 2 x 18 hole courses – the “Dragon” course for beginners and the “Devil” course for those who like a challenge. The courses are designed to be played multiple ways and include “roughs”, “bunkers” and obstacles. There is also a fun, fully fenced children's play area and shaded seating to enjoy a meal or drink.
Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre
Take your kids to see the power, precision and discipline of sporting horses, with events at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC) almost every weekend. Including dressage, show jumping and cutting, your family will see some of the best sport horses and riders in the country.