Tamworth is the major regional centre for the New England region and is the Country Music Capital.
The population of Tamworth is 61,121 of which 51.1% are females and 48.9% are males. The Indigenous population is5,134 (8.4%) and the median age is 41.
Tamworth is a city in the New England region of New South Wales, straddling the Peel River. It is 420km from Sydney, 574km from Brisbane and 105 km from Armidale.
Tamworth is known as the “First City of Lights”, being the first place in Australia to use electric street lights in 1888, and is also famous hosting the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival which is the second biggest country music festival in the world.
With the construction of the world class Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre, the biggest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, Tamworth has also been recognised as the “National Equine Capital of Australia”.
Tamworth Airport is just 10 minutes out of town and is one of the largest of the secure regional airports in Australia.
ides eight weekly return flights from Tamworth to Brisbane, except for Tuesday and Saturdays and Virgin Australia also provides daily return flights from Tamworth to Sydney, except for Saturdays.
There is the XPT Trainlink that has one return daily trip from Tamworth to Sydney.
The major sources of employment in Tamworth are:
- Retail Trade
- Education and Training
- Public Administration and Safety
- Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
- Wholesale Trade
Tamworth Hospital is a 275 bed with a 24 hour level 5 emergency department and an 8 bed intensive care unit and has the busiest non-metro emergency department in NSW and conducts over nine thousand surgical procedures per annum.
Tamworth Hospital offers high level surgical and medical services, including, intensive care, coronary care, a diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterisation laboratory rehabilitation, Diabetes Centre, mental health unit, renal services, paediatrics, maternity, oncology, radiology and pathology.
Outpatient clinics link the New England area with specialist tertiary hospitals in Newcastle and Sydney. There are also annexes of the hospital that GP’s can refer patients to including children and family services, sexual health, brain injury rehabilitation, community mental health, Banksia House and Hilltop Lodge mental health and drug and alcohol in-patients services.
Within Tamworth Hospital grounds there is a regional Cancer Centre.
There is also the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health which facilitates student placements and conducts research into rural health issues.
Tamworth is supported by NSW ambulance service.
There are nine general practice facilities and one Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) situated in Tamworth.
Tamworth has six public primary schools, a Christian primary school (K-7) and a Catholic primary school. It also has three public secondary schools, a Christian secondary school, an Agricultural secondary school and an Anglican secondary school.
For young families the Tamworth region offers a wide range of options suitable for children from 6 weeks to school aged, for occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school. For more information on child care facilities, please click here
Tamworth is the major retail centre for the New England and North West Slopes regions of New South Wales and is a shopper’s delight.
Peel Street is the major retail and shopping area of Tamworth and is located in the Tamworth Central Business District. There are a few hundred shops in the main street shopping precinct, along with restaurants, street cafés and banks. Major retail outlets incude Coles, K-mart, Aldi, a large Target and Best and Less and the Forum 6 Cinema complex that contains five cinemas and a performing arts centre/theatre.
North, South and West Tamworth each have their own shopping complexes anchored by a large supermarket (Coles, Worthworths, Bi-Lo and IGA).
Tamworth Homespace, located out at the Longyard, is a bulk goods complex. It also contains two large gyms, Bibs and Ribs steak house as well as the Longyard Homemaker Centre.
Throughout Tamworth you will many weekend markets where you will find everything from hand-made gifts, food and fresh produce, plants and that unusual gift.
There are many places of worship located in Tamworth including Australian Christian Churches, Anglican, Baptist, C3 Church, Catholic, Christian, Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, , Greek Orthodox Church, Jehovah’s Witness, International Network of Churches, Lifechurch Tamworth Inc, Light City, Mary Help of Christians, Lutheran, Northwest Church, Presbyterian, Salvation Army, Spiritualist Church, Trinity Church and Uniting churches.
As a very large regional centre Tamworth offers a wide range of activities including sporting and recreation clubs, cinemas and shopping as well as music and art events.
Tamworth is known as Australia’s country music capital, playing host to the iconic annual Tamworth Country Music Festival each January.
The Tamworth region is a food and wine hub due to its agriculture industry, which produces beef, sheep, poultry, grains and dairy. It’s also an emerging wine region, with more than 20 cellar doors in the New England region focussing on cool climate varieties. The highlight of the region’s food calendar is the Taste Tamworth festival held In April, showcasing the region’s top restaurants, produce, and wine during 10 days of food and wine focused events.
The two national parks in the area, Warrabah National Park and Mount Kaputar National Park, are perfect for bushwalking, and spectacular views can be seen from Hanging Rock Lookout. Chaffey Dam, is a great spot for a walk or a picnic, and Sheba Dams, is ideal for rainbow trout fishing.
Less than an hour’s drive south east of Tamworth you’ll find historic Nundle, a former gold mining town, it also playshost to the third largest festival in the region, the Nundle Go for Gold Chinese Easter Festival, which celebrates the town’s gold mining past.