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Join us for a Walkley (long) weekend in Tamworth

Thursday, February 10: Regional Journalism Summit

Tamworth Town Hall

The Walkley Regional Journalism Summit: Serving local communities will look to the future and examine a number of themes including why local news matters, how it brings communities together, the key challenges facing production, and business models, collaboration and funding. There will also be industry-focused training and workshops for local journalists, students and those with a deeper interest in the production of news.

Friday, February 11: The 66th Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism

Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC)

The night of nights for Australian journalism. This is the night when we come together as an industry and recognise the best of the best for 2021.

Saturday, February 12: Walkley Recovery Party

Tamworth Hotel

It’s time to recover and share all the stories from the night before! The Walkley Recovery Party will be held at the iconic Tamworth Hotel. Dinner guests are encouraged to stay for the weekend and join us for a recovery BBQ  and some country music. 

(Photo Mark Jesser)

How to get to Tamworth and where to stay


Qantas operates multiple direct flights each day from Sydney to Tamworth. It also flies direct from Brisbane to Tamworth once daily. Those travelling from other cities will need to connect at Sydney or Brisbane Airport.

Book with QantasFlight times are subject to change.


On Friday February 11, Sydney Airport will host a dedicated Walkley Departure lounge in The Heritage Room at Terminal 3. This space will operate from 8am to 4pm and will be available exclusively to guests who are travelling for the awards. Join us for food, drinks, entertainment and a catch-up before you board your flight to Tamworth.


Staying for the weekend and want to have your car to get around? Tamworth is five hours’ drive north of Sydney and seven hours from Brisbane.


Trains leave daily from Sydney’s Central Station:

Depart Sydney 9.30am – arrive Tamworth 3.37pm


Tamworth and district has a range of accommodation options, including hotels, motels, pubs and camping.

Name Address Phone
Bendemeer Hotel 112-130 Caroline Street, Bendemeer 02 6769 6550
CH Boutique Hotel 52 Brisbane Street, Tamworth 02 6766 7260
Commercial Hotel 136 Queen Street, Barraba 02 6782 1023
Goonoo Goonoo Station  13304 New England Highway, Timbumburi  0429 384 297 
Imperial Hotel, Manilla 226 Manilla Street, Manilla 02 6785 1018
Joe Maguires 146-148 Peel Street, Tamworth 02 6766 2114
Kootingal Hotel 20 Gate Street, Kootingal 02 6760 3203
Peel Inn Hotel 89 Jenkins Street, Nundle 02 6769 3377
The Playhouse Hotel 123 Queen Street, Barraba 02 6782 1109
Powerhouse Tamworth by Rydges 284 Armidale Road, Tamworth 02 6766 7000
The Retreat at Froog-Moore Park 78 Bligh Street, Tamworth 02 6766 3353
Royal Hotel 155 Manilla Street, Manilla 02 6785 1017
Tamworth Hotel 147 Marius Street, Tamworth 02 6766 2923
Tudor Hotel 327 Peel Street, Tamworth 02 6766 2930



If you decide to make the most of your mini-break and spend the weekend in Tamworth, here are some activities that may be of interest.

The Big Golden Guitar

  • The Big Golden Guitar stands prominently on the New England Highway on the southern approach to Tamworth, Australia’s Country Music Capital.

Country Music Hall of Fame

  • Recognised as a collection of “national and international significance”, this trove of artefacts and dioramas explores Australasian country music’s rich story.

Oxley Scenic Lookout

  • Located in Tamworth, 2 km from the CBD, Oxley Scenic Lookout has views of the city of Tamworth and the Peel River Valley.

Tamworth Marsupial Park

  • Get close to wallabies, echidnas, kangaroos and other native mammals in a natural bush setting. There’s also an aviary where you can walk among the king parrots, scarlet rosellas and other species, a picnic area with barbecues and an adventure playground. A walking track connects the Marsupial Park to the nearby Botanic Gardens.

Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum

  • Curated collection of more than 50 Ducatis, Triumphs, BSAs and other classic bikes representing the era from the 1950s to the 1980s.


  • The Pig & Tinder Box – delicious casual dining. Also good for drinks. On the main street.
  • Sonny’s Bakery – great coffee and great bread!
  • Glasshouse Restaurant at Goonoo Goonoo Station is an award-winning restaurant that does breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • The Welder’s Dog Tamworth – Craft beer
  • The Press Whiskey and Cocktail Bar – in the old Northern Daily Leader building! The best place for a late-night beverage
  • New England Brewing Company – at Uralla offers brewery door visits by appointment 
  • Merilba Estate Wines if you’re in the mood for wine tasting!
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