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Getting to Tamworth

Tamworth is 115km southwest of Armidale on the New England Hwy, and 282km northwest of Newcastle.

Greyhound has nightly services along the New England Hwy between Sydney and Brisbane – these stop at Tamworth, Armidale, Tenterfield and Toowoomba en route. Tamworth to Brisbane is 9½ hours ($128), to Sydney is 6½ hours ($78).

Qantas has at least two flights a day between Tamworth and Sydney.

New low-cost airline Jetgo operates a direct, daily service to/from Brisbane.

New England Coaches runs some useful services: Tamworth to Coffs Harbour (from $92) and Tamworth to Brisbane (from $117). Both services run three times a week.

NSW TrainLink runs a daily Xplorer rail service between Sydney and Tamworth (from $59, six hours) that continues on to Armidale.

Health and safety


  • Comprehensive travel insurance to cover theft, loss and medical problems is highly recommended.
  • Some policies specifically exclude dangerous activities such as scuba diving, motorcycling, skiing and even trekking: read the fine print.
  • Check that the policy covers ambulances or an emergency flight home.
  • Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
  • If you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation.
  • Paying for your airline ticket with a credit card often provides limited travel accident insurance – ask your credit card company what it is prepared to cover.
  • Worldwide travel insurance is available at www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-insurance. You can buy, extend and claim online anytime – even if you’re already on the road.
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