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Top Choice Music in Tamworth

Tamworth Country Music Festival

Held over 10 rollicking days from mid-January, this festival is billed as the biggest music festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Recent stats show the festival featured more than 700 performers across 120 venues, wi…
Top Choice Cafe in Tamworth

Ruby's Cafe & Gift Store

This fabulous, funky cafe with sprawling courtyard could be straight out of Melbourne's inner west, serving inner-city breakfast treats like Moroccan eggs, avocado smash and a particularly noteworthy take on the hum…
Top Choice Park in Tamworth

Tamworth Marsupial Park

Overfriendly cockatoos, showy peacocks and a mob of native animals live here alongside a playground, barbecues and picnic shelters. There are lovely short walks to the neighbouring botanic gardens. Take Brisbane St …
Top Choice Bakery in Armidale

Goldfish Bowl

First-rate coffee and delectable baked goods pulled from the wood-fired oven make this a worthy pit stop while in Armidale. Load up on pastries, sourdough bread or gourmet pizza for carb-loaded heaven.
Top Choice Modern Australian in Tamworth

Pig and Tinder Box

In the heart of Tamworth, 'the Pig' is the consistent go-to for tasty small plates, delicious wood-fired pizzas, killer cocktails and a bustling vibe.
Historic Building in Bingara

Roxy Theatre (Greek Museum)

The Roxy Theatre was built in 1936 by three partners from Greece, as a magnificent art deco cinema with an adjoining cafe. It has recently been restored to its glory; part of the project has been the development of …
National Park in Tenterfield

Bald Rock National Park

About 35km northeast of Tenterfield (take Naas Rd, signposted 'Woodenbong' – really), you can hike to the top of Australia's largest exposed granite monolith (which looks like a stripy little Uluru). There are lovel…
Historic Building in Tenterfield

Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Arts

Australian-history boffins will enjoy the museum (adult/child $5/2) in this beautifully restored old hall. It's notable as the place where Sir Henry Parkes, the 'Father of Federation', delivered the 1889 Tenterfield…
Modern Australian in Tamworth

Hopscotch

Almost always open and just as frequently popular, the polished concrete floors amplify the din of the delighted diners in this modern park-side establishment in Tamworth, but there's no denying one of the better al…
Fusion in Armidale

Bistro on Cinders

Behind Armidale's post office is this cool, contemporary, family-run bistro à la mode focused around a small courtyard. The ever-changing menu fuses a variety of Asian and Western styles to create inventive dishes l…