Big Golden Guitar
Welcoming travellers on the New England Highway’s southern approach to Tamworth, the Big Golden Guitar – at 12 metres tall and weighing half a tonne – is an Australian icon, one of the region’s most recognised attractions and is totally free!
Simply put; you just can’t visit Tamworth without getting that obligatory photo in front of it! And when you do, make sure you share it by tagging @tamworthnsw or using #TamworthNSW.
Its location as part of the Tamworth Visitor Information Centre complex (which includes a souvenir shop, National Guitar Museum, Country Music Wax Museum and Golden Guitar Café), alongside easy parking options for travellers in all kinds of vehicles (looking at you caravanners, RV-drivers and bus tour organisers!) makes the Big Golden Guitar the perfect stop-off on your way through. Plus, you can visit any time of the day, any day of the week – it never closes (however the remainder of the complex does; check out its opening hours here)!
The Big Golden Guitar was officially opened by the legend Slim Dusty and Mr Paul Crombie (General Manager of Tourism NSW) on 25 January, 1988. Made of fibreglass over a steel frame, it is a replica of the award presented to artists at the Country Music Awards of Australia, the Golden Guitar Awards (which are held annually during the Tamworth Country Music Festival). That’s why it has no strings!
2 The Ringers Road (Corner New England Highway and The Ringers Road), South Tamworth
02 6767 5300