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Top Ten Places to See in Regional NSW

With the public weekend ahead, let's support our region now that restrictions have eased on regional travel and our pubs, cafe's and restaurants are open to 50 people!

This week we have teamed up with Destination Tamworth to bring you all of the best cafes, public places and venues all over the region to visit.

A few things to note:

  • We still recommend that people call ahead to venues they’re planning to visit, just to check on any social distancing requirements, limits to numbers or last minute changes to operations.

  • We also encourage everyone travelling in and around the Tamworth region this Long Weekend (and always) to practice good hygiene and social distancing as advised by NSW Health, and if they’re feeling unwell to stay at home.

  • Finally, if people are out and about, we encourage them to take a snap and share it on social media, using the tags #tamworthnsw, #manillansw, #barrabansw and #nundlensw

10. Nundle Gold Mine Cafe & Museum

Check out the Nundle Gold Mine Cafe & Museum, and support #nundlensw this long weekend!The Mount Misery Gold Mine Cafe offers mouth-watering home cooked meals and tantalizing treats to tempt even the fussiest taste buds. Come in, make yourself at home next to the fire and enjoy lunch or treat yourself to some of Nundle's best coffee and cake.

Or you can take a step back in time at the Mount Misery Gold Mine Museum and find out how gold was once mined and sold in the area.

For more Nundle info click here.

9. Chaffey Dam

Now there's nothing like sitting by a body of water and taking in the scenery, so why not make it a day trip to Chaffey Dam! Pack a picnic lunch and bring the family out to enjoy a day in the sunshine.

Chaffey Dam is only open during the day at this stage as camping is not yet allowed.

8. Kamilaroi Walking Track | Oxley Lookout

The Oxley Scenic Lookout provides visitors with panoramic views of the city of Tamworth and Peel River Valley. The Lookout is surrounded by natural bush land and is the base camp for the Kamilaroi Walking Track. This track winds its way through the bush land of Oxley Park linking the Marsupial Park, Oxley Lookout and Flagstaff Mountain over a distance of several kilometres. Some sections of the walk track are moderate however other sections are quite challenging. 

The Lookout is located at the top of White Street and is easily accessible by vehicle (gates are locked at night). There is free parking, toilets and picnic facilities available for visitors. 

7. Picnic Lunch at Sheba Dam

Sheba Dam on a sunny day looks a little bit brighter than this photo, but the trip out is great for a picnic lunch. Why not take a leisurely drive out (and don't forget to pack some extra layers!)

A gloomy day at Sheba Dam

6. Molly Mays Cafe - Barraba Silos

Here's an idea for your weekend! Why not stop into Molly Mays Cafe for brunch and before heading out to the Barraba Silos. Molly Mays Cafe in Manilla is a family business, locally owned and operated open 8am-2pm for the long weekend. Stocking gourmet groceries, specialty brands and a relaxed modern cafe, featuring meals perfect for any time of the day...including their Ultimate Shakes!

5. Tamworth Kootingal Horse Riding Adventures

Tamworth and Kootingal Horse Riding Adventures offers two hour trail rides leaving daily at three times. They cater for large groups from the novice rider to the very advanced riders their trail rides will take you though their 1400 acre property on the Mulla creek to spectacular views done at a leisurely relaxing pace.

Book ahead over the long weekend (0467 644 250)

4. Marsupial Park + Adventure Playground

Tamworth’s Marsupial Park is a native animal experience unlike any other in NSW. Children can get close to kangaroos, wallabies, cockatoos and emus, spot the species in the free-flight aviary and hand feed the Indian peacocks. The 14-hectare park is run by volunteers and entry is by donation.

While you're enjoying the Marsupial Park, bring the kids down to the Adventure Playground. There are two distinct areas: for under-5s and for over-5s. The design encourages children to use their fine and gross motor-skills – and of course, their imagination. There are barbecue facilities and bathrooms. Entry is free.

3. Tamworth Visitor Centre at the Big Golden Guitar

Australia's Big Golden Guitar is situated on the New England Highway at the Tamworth Visitor Information Centre in New South Wales. Come past for a visit even to just try some incredible food and coffee from the String n Beans Cafe. The Gallery of Stars' Wax Museum and the recently unveiled National Guitar Museum are located at the Visitor Information Centre and are also worth a look.

The museum will be open reduced hours for the long weekend and the Café is open Saturday 9am – 2pm (6767 5300).

2. Walk the Namoi River

This is an easy walk along the Namoi River from the Namoi River Bridge on Manilla Street (Fossickers Way), past the junction of the Namoi River and Manilla River, to the Manilla Showgrounds and the old Railway Bridge. The walk takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours return.

Turn west off Fossickers Way in the centre of Manilla onto Strafford Street (the Post Office is on the corner). Turn right onto Namoi Street and drive to the parking area near the Manilla Street Bridge. Start the walk along the river from the parking area in a south westerly direction.

1. Tamworth Bicentennial Park

Tamworth Bicentennial Park has one of the biggest slides in the southern hemisphere and thank goodness the restrictions have eased, now we can visit our favourite public parks.

Bring the kids down for a play while you stop into Hopscotch for a well deserved coffee...or two.


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