If you’re a fan of big things, you can’t miss the Big Golden Guitar at Tamworth. The big guitar is a replica of the golden guitars awarded during Australia’s Annual Country Music Awards. The monument was first unveiled in 1988 by Australia’s ‘King of Country Music’, Slim Dusty. The guitar identifies Tamworth as the country music capital of Australia.
Next to the Big Golden Guitar is a museum, featuring the largest privately-owned collection of Sir Donald Bradman memorabilia, as well as a wall of guitars signed by many country music stars. Plus, in the style of Madame Tussauds, there’s a collection of life-like wax figurines representing country music superstars.
Next up: the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame exists to honour the best Australian country music musicians and display items that depict musical history.
Housed inside the Hall of Fame, you can continue your country music education at the Walk a Country Mile Museum. The museum displays costumes of past and present Australian country music performances. There are also plenty of photos, videos, musical instruments and other memorabilia on display.
All these activities are just to get you warmed up for the main event: the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Over 10 days, 700 performers will put on more than 28,000 shows of pure country music. At the heart of the festival are the Gold Guitar Awards, honouring the best in country music. Next year the festival will run from January 18 – 27, 2019.
Be part of Australia’s largest music festival when you book a place on Fun Over Fifty’s Tamworth Country Music Festival tour in Diamond Class. This tour includes luxury coach travel in elite diamond class, 2 full days at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, the Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey and much more! Visit RACQ Travel for more information, or contact one of our friendly travel consultants on 1300 096 166.