Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Tamworth along with the rest of Australia. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Australia has restricted the entry of all travelers, with the exception of Australian nationals and permanent residents and their immediate family members, New Zealand nationals residing in Australia, diplomats accredited to Australia and residing in Australia and their immediate family members, and airline crew. Nationals of the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States), Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, American Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu can transit through Australia to a third country without a visa. The same applies to travelers who reside in the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, or New Caledonia. The onward flight must be within 72 hours of their arrival in Australia. If there are less than 8 hours between flights, travelers must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination. If there are more than 8 hours between flights, travelers must stay in mandatory quarantine at a state designated facility until the time of the departing flight. All travelers entering Australia must self-isolate for a period of 14 days from their arrival into Australia. If the duration of their stay is less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration. Airline crew who are nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate at their place of residence (or hotel) between flights, or for 14 days, whichever is shorter. Airline crew who are not nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate in their hotel on arrival until their next flight. Nationals of Australia are not allowed to travel out of Australia, except for people who regularly reside in another country, airline and maritime crew, freight personnel, offshore facility personnel, government personnel, and Australian Defence Force personnel. . If you are looking to book a trip to Tamworth and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about travelling during COVID-19.
Tamworth is located in New England region of New South Wales and is one of the two major centres – the other being Armidale. It is well known for their annual Country Music Festival in January, as it is the largest Country Music Festival in the Southern Hemisphere.
Tamworth’s love of country music is writ large around the city. It has the “Big Golden Guitar” and the Gallery of Stars Wax Museum on Ringers Road, the Hands of Fame Park at the corner of Kable Avenue and Bridge Street, the Walk A Country Mile Interpretive Centre at the Tamworth Visitor Information Centre and the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame on Brisbane Street. In Bicentennial Park, stand the bronze statues of Buddy Williams, Tex Morton, Stan Costa and Gordon Parsons.
Tamworth is an important agricultural centre and hosts the National Rodeo Finals in January and the Ag Quip takes place in August.. It’s also known as the National Equine Capital of Australia and the “First City of Lights”, as it was the first place in the Southern Hemisphere to use electric street lights.
Tamworth enjoys warm summers (December to February) and mild winters (June to August). Maximum average monthly temperatures are in between 20 and 31 C (84 and 88 F) while minimums dip to between -3 and 6 C (26 and 43 F). Rain falls all year round and summer storms sometimes cause major flooding.
January, when the Country Music Festival and the Australian Line Dancing Championships take place, is high season in Tamworth. Other peak times are Easter, the start and middle of June, August and the October Long Weekend.
Low season months, when flights to Tamworth and accommodation may be cheaper, are February, March, April (apart from Easter), June (apart from the National Cutting Horse Futurity and Tamworth Invitational Baseball Carnival), November and December.
Hire-car companies and taxis are available at Tamworth Airport. Peel Street’s main mall can be covered on foot in less than half an hour and there are a couple of bus companies and taxi companies that offer transport. There are also several kilometres of cycle ways along the Peel River. A car is recommended for getting around however, especially if you want to get into the surrounding countryside. During the Country Music Festival Tamworth Buslines operates a shuttle service to the major venues and accommodation.