6 things in the Tamworth region that have nothing to do with music
It’s that time of year again! When the weather heats up, we all know that the Toyota Country Music Festival is coming for us and though it’s a mecca for music lovers nationwide, it goes without saying that you might need to take a break at some point.
Lucky for you, there’s plenty of stuff to do in the Tamworth region that has nothing to do with music.
Here’s just a sample!
1. Learn something new!
Did you know that Tamworth was the first city in Australia to be lit by municipal electric street lighting in 1888? It’s something that the region is a bit less famous for, but something that we’re just as proud of! Head over to the Powerstation Museum to learn all about the development of electricity and to view the world’s only two operational John Fowler steam-driven engines. They also have an incredible collection of electric appliances from throughout the 20th century.
2. Barraba public art
Take a drive and admire The Water Diviner, an impressive mural at the southern town entrance on an incredible 40m high silo canvas. A second work has been recently completed on Alice Street by artist Jenny McCracken titled Beyond the Wall – an “illusory image of breaking through the constructs of civilisation to a wonderland of treasured memories and natural beauty” according to the artist. A third artwork, Bedtime Stories was added in 2022 too, these works are well worth the trip!
3. Get down to the rodeo
Whether it is the rodeo or a Pro Bull Riding event, get amongst the atmosphere of adrenaline pumping action at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC). Competitors have been working tirelessly through the year to qualify and will be facing some of the hardest, meanest and most skilled stock in the country, so it certainly won’t disappoint. If you’re there for nothing else, a mechanical bull will provide a whole other dimension of entertainment.
4. Catch your lunch
Head up into the hills past Hanging Rock to the Arc-en-Ciel Trout Farm where you can indulge in trout products from the farm shop or throw a line in to catch your own. You can also head out on a guided bush walk in the warmer months to take in the spectacular flora and fauna surrounding the site; just make sure you book ahead!
5. Go for a (train) ride
Head up to the Victoria Park Precinct between 10am and 3pm on the third Sunday of each month to go for a ride on the Tamworth Miniature Railway. While you’re there, take the kids to the Marsupial Park where they can get up close with Australian animals including kangaroos, wallabies, cockatoos and emus), or they can tire themselves out at the Adventure Playground.
6. Get wet
Did you know that Lake Keepit offers boat hire so that anyone can take advantage of this excellent boating and sports location? Escape the heat and head out to ski, sail or fish with your crew, or take advantage of the Reflections Holiday Park by checking out their tennis courts, skate bowl, Water Park and playgrounds. If you are visiting outside of summer, you can still find other water activities in our Getting on, in and around the water article.