Welcome aboard for the exciting Tamworth 2019 Country Music Festival. Today we journey north into New South Wales to Jerilderie for morning tea, then on through to the Murrumbidgee Irrigation area of Narrandera as we make our way to West Wyalong for our lunch break. After lunch we continue through Forbes, Parkes and Peak Hill then onto Gilgandra, where we settle for our Overnight Stay at the Gilgandra Motel.
This morning we travel though Gunnedah and on to TAMWORTH the Country Music Capital, today we enjoy an introductory tour of Tamworth seeing the highlights of the Music Festival. We visit the Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre with the 12 metre replica of the Golden Guitar and Gallery with life like wax figures of Country Music greats, and see the Rock, Gem and Mineral display.
You will have some free time to see many of the buskers who line the streets. We settle into Motel 359 for the Next Five Nights. (Includes Continental Breakfasts, each morning. Dinners are at your own cost.) This is a Budget Style Motel in Tamworth in a great location to take advantage of all the day and nights entertainment.
After breakfast at the motel we head off to Sam Smythes Bush Poets and Balladeers morning, (starting at 8am and concludes at 9:45am approximately). The rest of the day is free for you to explore the COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL where the hills around TAMWORTH echo with the sound of Country Music. The music, which is about the bush, mates, tales of hardship and the Australian spirit, covers a broad range of musical styles. So you will be guaranteed that your favourite style of Country will be heard whether it is traditional Australian Bush Ballads, Gospel, Western Swing Dance Music, Rockabilly or Country Comedy.
Today is a free day for you to enjoy. Refer to your booklet for the days activities. As you stroll through the town look for commemorative plaques such as the Winners Walkway, Hands of Fame and more. Most of the entertainment is staged indoors with air-conditioned comfort.
We enjoy a leisurely start today. This Morning we visit the Tamworth Visitors Information Centre and see The Walk A Country Mile exhibition. Your afternoon is free to explore the Festivals highlights including the free concert at Centennial Park at night.
After breakfast we board the Coach and make our way to see the Grand Parade (9am) in Peel Street. Maybe spot your favourite Country Music performers, Melinda Schneider, Troy Cassar Daley, Beccy Cole, Lee & Tania Kernaghan, Sara Storer. This afternoon is free to do as you please. This evening we attend the Country Music Awards at 7pm, recognizing excellence in Australian Country Music at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre. It features all the awards and performances by Australias leading artists, this evening is a real highlight of our tour.
After breakfast its time to pack up and farewell Tamworth. Then we make our way to Dunedoo passing through the small towns of Tambar Springs and Coolah. Continue on to Dubbo for our lunch break at the Dubbo RSL (own expense) before making our way to Parkes, where we settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Country Comfort -Parkes.
A relaxing day as we travel homeward along the Newell Highway to Narrandera. After lunch we enjoy time to reflect on the great times together as we continue through Jerilderie to Victoria and home, after a real feast of Country Music in Tamworth.