The landforms that give you rolling hills, beautiful valleys and wide open lands provide the natural beauty of the Tamworth region that ranges from national parks and reserves, state forests, parks, dams, to rivers and creeklands and farming country.
The Tamworth region covers some 9,653.25 square kilometres stretching from the Nandewar Range north of Barraba south east to the Peel River and the Great Dividing Range.
Tamworth has a stable climate that’s relatively predictable, with average temperatures of 16 to 34 degrees in summer and from 3 to 18degrees in winter. The average annual rainfall is 673mm. A reliable and well stocked town water supply provides for wonderful civic gardens and parklands.
The city is surrounded by the natural beauty, history and culture of a rural area of more than 17 towns, villages and rural localities
The city is surrounded by the natural beauty, history and culture of a rural area of more than 17 towns, villages and rural localities.
The region has some of the richest agricultural country in the nation supporting beef, sheep, poultry, fish, summer and winter crops, olives, dairying, eggs, fruit, vegetables and vineyards
In addition to farmlands, the region supports productive native and planted forests. The national parks and nature reserves are important areas set aside to protect and conserve precincts containing outstanding or representative ecosystems, natural or cultural features that provide opportunities for public appreciation and sustainable visitor use and enjoyment.
We’re on the doorstep of the Mount Kaputar National Park (36,817ha). The region includes Warrabah National Park (3,471ha) near Manilla, and Ben Hall’s Gap National Park (2,500ha) south east of Nundle.
There are a number of nature reserves of note, like Ironbark Nature Reserve (1,604ha), Linton Nature Reserve (640ha), Watsons Creek Nature Reserve (1,260ha),Melville Range Nature Reserve (843ha),Tomalla Nature Reserve (605ha), Back River Nature Reserve (735ha), Wallabadah Nature Reserve (1,132ha), and Somerton (Babbiboon) Nature Reserve.
Oxley Park, which is twice the size of Centennial Park in Sydney, is the scenic backdrop to the city centre and the habitat of threatened woodlands and wildlife. There are also a number of community conservation reserves.
Our riverine landscape and waterways are equally important not only for their environmental qualities and as a valuable resource, but also for passive and active recreation for visitors and locals. The major river systems include the Barnard, Peel, Cockburn, Macdonald, Namoi and Manilla rivers, complemented by the Dungowan, Chaffey, Split Rock and Keepit dams.
Picnic spots of note include Ponderosa near Nundle, Rocky Water Hole and Dungowan Creek but other spectacular landforms in forests and woodlands provide for bushwalking, off-road touring and orienteering.
There are a number of travelling stock routes, or old drovers’ runs, to explore and enjoy.
Native animals like platypuses and echidnas can still be found half an hour from the city and you can even meet up with kangaroos and wallabies on city golf courses. The big backyard of Tamworth is also a haven and a recognised bird watchers’ paradise but you will also find plenty of birds in your new backyard like eastern rosellas, king parrots, kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets, galahs and colourful robins.