Australia's country music capital, Tamworth is best known for its annual country music festival in January. The town is also home to several good museums and galleries as well as many buildings dating back to the 1860s and '70s.
Around Tamworth are several quaint country towns well worth a visit. To the north, in the heart of the Nandewar Ranges on Fossickers Way, Barraba is popular with birdwatchers. The small town of Nundle has evolved from its gold-mining town heritage into a destination offering smart accommodation and dining.
At Quirindi, you can admire the spectacular sunflower fields from December to March; see koalas in the wild around the town of Gunnedah or at Waterways Wildlife Park.