Freelance writer with a BA double majoring in Literature and Australian History who loves finding random places of social or historical treasure whilst travelling around visiting festivals, markets and quaint cafes with my husband and baby
The giant golden guitar out front makes it the most recognisable place in Tamworth and therefore a mecca for tourists.
The peak tourist season is the Tamworth Country Music Festival at the end of January. Outside of this time however the centre is only relatively busy and you're always able to get a park and browse the centre easily.
The first thing to do when you get to the Big Golden Guitar is to have the obligatory tourist photo taken with the golden guitar. If you don't how can you prove you've been there?
A good coffee shop filled with walls of memorabilia
Once inside the building the extremely spacious front room is filled with memorabilia on the walls. The main purpose of this area however is as a tourist centre. Here you can find tour guides, road maps, directories and travel information of every kind for Tamworth and the surrounding areas. They have an extensive amount of tourist information here for the entire northern NSW region. It's a very comprehensive tourist centre. The staff are also very knowledgeable and will happily assist you to find the perfect motel or plan your route for the next leg of your journey.
Through from the front tourist centre is a lovely coffee shop lined with the winners of Tamworth's Golden Guitar Awards, the most prestigious awards in Australian country music.
The Big Golden Guitar also has an extensive sporting memorabilia museum housing the largest privately owned collection Don Bradman memorabilia in the Collectors Museum.
There is a very large tourist shop here filled with everything from belt buckles and tshirts to Tamworth knick knacks and a huge range of CD's and musical items. There are lots of wax figures of famous country music stars here as well.
The Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre is a lovely place for a stop over and browse. Entry is free, only the Collectors Museum has an entry fee.
The Centre is 2 Ringers Road, Tamworth. For more information and links to Festival information or the Country Music Association of Australia, see the Tourist Centre website.