With thanks to Guest Blogger Scott Podmore.
IF you love your country music, Tamworth is the place to visit. If you love a good road trip with a fantastic BIG4 park to stay at, then BIG4 Paradise Tourist Park is the place to park your wheels.
In fact, Tamworth, in the New England region of New South Wales and straddling the Peel River, is and all round fantastic Aussie city to visit if you’re a caravanner and camper. Giant golden guitars, great music, stunning scenery, water sports and beautiful native bird life are just some of the reasons to spend some time in the popular tourism hotspot.
Here are five reasons to visit this exciting regional city:
1) See the BIG Golden Guitar:
The famous Golden Guitar on the New England Highway is the perfect symbol of Tamworth, reminding visitors of the city’s status as a top destination for country music lovers. It stands 12 metres tall and has been photographed an estimated 3.6 million times since being erected in 1988, making it one of the area’s most popular tourist attractions.
2) Be photographed next to music stars
Inside the Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre is the Gallery of Stars Wax Museum, where you can be photographed standing next to some of Australia’s most famous country stars! Well, of course they aren’t the real living and breathing musicians but when you get close to the wax figures of Slim Dusty, Beccy Cole, Hootenanny and Troy Cassar-Daley – to name a few – you almost can’t tell!
3) Water sports
Tamworth may be an inland location, but water sports are one of the most popular recreational activities with tourists and locals. The area is home to a number of Prominent rivers and man-made lakes such as the Peel River, Chaffey Dam and Lake Keepit. Head to one of these great locations for an adventure-filled day of fishing, sailing or water-skiing. You can hire gear from one of the many sports hire shops in and around Tamworth.
4) Spot rare native birds
Only an hour from Tamworth, Barraba is a bird-watcher’s paradise. Bird watching can be undertaken along any of the area’s 14 recognised ‘bird routes’ and may spot the endangered Regent Honeyeater along with the 190 other species of birds that call this area home. Stop in at the Barraba Visitor Information Centre for information on what native bird species to look for.
5) Explore the surrounding scenery
A number of scenic tourist drives surround Tamworth, including Tourist Drive 25, which takes you from Tamworth to Willow Tree, where you can enjoy ‘the best steak in New South Wales’ at Graze Restaurant. All you have to do is follow the brown and white Tourist Drive Signs and take notice of the area’s stunning scenery and wildlife as you drive through the area.
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