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New England/Northwest | North Eastern NSW

As the Country Music Capital of Australia, the city of Tamworth pays homage to country music in many ways including being home to the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame and the Big Golden Guitar.

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Location

Tamworth is the regional centre of New England, it is 400 km (5 hr drive) from Sydney, and 112 km (80 min drive) from Armidale.

The iconic Tamworth Country Music Festival, one of the biggest country music festival in the world, attracts tens of thousands of music lovers to the city over 10 days each January.

How to get there

Tamworth Regional Airport is well serviced with Qantas and Virgin providing regular flights to Sydney and Jetgo providing direct flights to Brisbane.

NSW TrainLink provides a daily service to Sydney from Tamworth Railway Station.

Population

The population of Tamworth is nearly 34,000 people, their median age is 38 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 12% of the population.

Tamworth is located within the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, this Health Planning Compass provides an overview of community health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

Tamworth Hospital is a large regional public hospital with 275 beds, an emergency department and an eight-bed intensive care unit. Services at Tamworth Hospital include an acute renal dialysis unit, psychiatric unit, alcohol and drug unit, coronary care unit, paediatrics and obstetric services.

The North West Cancer Centre is part of Tamworth Hospital and provides oncology services to patients across the New England/Northwest regions.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Tamworth.

Accredited GP practices

  • Barton Lane Practice
  • Better Health South Tamworth
  • NorthWest Health - Homespace
  • Oxley Health Care
  • Peel Health Care
  • Smith Street Practice
  • Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service
  • Tamworth General Practice and Skin Cancer Clinic

Doctor accommodation

There may be accommodation available for registrars, please contact the Rural Support Officer.

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing residents of Tamworth are: hospitals, retail, secondary education, meat processing and takeaway food services.
  • Education

Tamworth has seven public primary schools, five public high schools and a school for children with intellectual disability aged 3.5 to 18 years. There are also six private primary schools and four private high schools.
Tertiary education options in Tamworth include TAFE New England Tamworth Campus, Tamworth Community College and the University of New England Tamworth Centre.
  • Childcare

For young families Tamworth has a wide range of childcare options including occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school.
  • Shopping

Tamworth is the major retail centre for the New England/Northwest region. There are many shops, restaurants and and cafes in the main street shopping precinct, as well as major retail outlets including Coles, K-mart, Aldi, Target, and Best and Less. There is also a cinema complex and a performing arts centre. North, South and West Tamworth each have their own shopping complexes with a supermarket in each. Tamworth Homespace provides a range of bulky goods outlets. There are also weekend markets throughout the city.
  • Places of worship

There are many places of worship located in Tamworth including Anglican, Baptist, C3 Church, Catholic, Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, Greek Orthodox, Jehovah’s Witness, Lutheran, Presbyterian and Uniting churches. Armidale, an 80 min drive from Tamworth has a mosque and a Buddhist centre.
  • Points of interest

In addition to its country music attractions the Tamworth region is a food and wine hub with the Taste Tamworth festival showcasing the region with 10 days of food and wine events each year. Tamworth is also a major equine centre with the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre hosting national events. For outdoor activities including camping, bushwalking, fishing and canoeing Warrabah National Park, Mount Kaputar National Park, Chaffey Dam and Sheba Dams are popular.
  • Sporting activities

There is a large range of sporting facilities, sporting clubs and teams in Tamworth including rugby league, swimming, baseball, basketball, bushwalking, shooting, cycling and croquet. A listing of groups and their contact details are available at Tamworth Community Directory.
  • Community groups and activities

In Tamworth community groups and volunteer organisations include the Country Women’s Association, Rotary Club, Lions Club, Toastmasters and WIRES. A listing of groups and their contact details are available at Tamworth Community Directory.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Tamworth. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Tamworth Regional Council, Tamworth Informed, Tamworth Herald, Tamworth; who, what, when, where, how and Destination Tamworth.