Australia’s largest and most beloved country music festival is a not-to-be-missed event in any country music fan’s calendar. Taking over Tamworth in January each year, the landmark festival is an immersive experience that speaks to the heart and soul of Australian country music, and country life in general. Here's how to make the most of your visit.
Discover the Music
The festival spans ten days and features over 700 performers across 120 venues. From established artists to emerging talents, the variety is staggering. Don't miss the Golden Guitar Awards, the festival's pinnacle event, celebrating the best in Australian country music.
Dive into Street Performances
Peel Street transforms into the 'Boulevard of Dreams', a hub for buskers and street performers. It's a great place to discover new artists and enjoy lively impromptu sessions.
Attend the Workshops
For those interested in learning more about country music or improving their skills, the festival offers various workshops led by seasoned musicians.
Where to Stay
Accommodation options range from camping to luxury hotels. For an authentic experience, consider staying at a nearby farmstay or a country bed and breakfast. Booking in advance is crucial as places fill up quickly. CH Boutique Hotel is perfectly situated just off Tamworth’s main street, while cute B n’B Plumes on the Green offers a nice combination of convenience and privacy.
Tamworth is home to an array of exceptional dining options spanning local Australian cuisine to global-veering flavours. Don’t miss heritage icon The Pig & Tinder Box, breakfast hotspot Hissy Fits Café, and craft brewer The Welder’s Dog, plus the festival also hosts food stalls offering traditional country fair.
Visit the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame
To get a deeper understanding of the country music scene in Australia, a visit to the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame is a must. It’s home to a vast and regularly rotating collection of memorabilia, as well as installations charting the history of the musical genre in Australia.
The festival is not just about music; it offers a range of family-friendly activities in the Family Zone, including rides, all-ages concerts, and more. It’s a festival within a festival.
Shopping and Markets
Browse local crafts, clothing, and music memorabilia at the festival markets. It's a great way to take a piece of the festival home with you.
Don't Miss the FanZone
The FanZone offers a chance to meet your favorite artists, get autographs, and snap photos.
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