Infamously known for hosting the largest country music festival in the southern hemisphere, Tamworth’s appeal goes beyond its arts and cultural attractions. Where thrilling rodeo events invite country lovers, it’s pristine national parks and a wide range of community events have garnered the attention of families and retirees. Now committed to providing employment opportunities by supporting local investors and businesses, Tamworth has witnessed an influx of new residents moving to the region for its flourishing quality of life. Here is our comprehensive guide to the area.
The age distribution of the suburb is slightly higher than the national average, with recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics listing the median age of residents as 40 years. Of the approximate 59,663 people residing in the suburb, children aged 0-14 comprise 20.3%, while people aged over 65 accounts for 18.7% of the population. A melting pot of cultures, Tamworth is home to diverse communities making it an interesting choice for retirees and families with children.
The most common method of transport for commuting to work is via car, with 70.7% people driving to work. For commuters using public transport, the region is largely serviced by buses that run within the region and to surrounding areas like Nundle, Manilla, Bendemeer, and Barraba. Alternatively, regional transport also includes taxi services and nationally recognised car hire providers. For travel outside the region, a daily train service runs between Tamworth and Sydney from Tamworth Railway Station.
Image: Tamworth Regional Council
Shopping For The Family
A majority of big retail outlets and departmental stores like Kmart and Coles are located within the Central Business District in Tamworth Square. More popularly, Centrepoint Shopping Centre houses over 40 specialty stores, five cinemas, a performing arts theatre and a supermarket in the CBD. On the other hand, Atrium Shopping Centre on Peel St in CBD offers a larger selection in retail, fine dining and entertainment centres
The School Run
Among public schools, Oxley High School, Peel High School and Tamworth Public School are a few of the favoured schools in the Tamworth region. For private institutions, McCarthy Catholic College in North Tamworth and Carinya Christian School in Calala have high enrolments.
Image: Tamworth Public School
What’s Going On?
The remarkable diversity of this suburb has imbued the region with a strong sense of vibrancy evident most notably in its annual music festival. Over ten thousand fans gather in Tamworth to revel in The Tamworth Country Music Festival every January and watch star performers groove to country music.
The Warrabah National Park and Tamworth Marsupial Park and Adventure Playground are popular destinations for animal lovers. From bushwalking to spotting joeys and koalas to just splashing around in Lake Keepit Water Park, these parks are a haven for families seeking a weekend retreat into the wild.
Keen on fostering a ‘sense of belonging’ to the community at large, the city council delivers a range of services and facilities from libraries, galleries, youth services, child care and a wide range of other recreational activities thus encouraging active involvement of its residents.
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