For a family getaway packed with adventure and unforgettable memories, Tamworth in NSW’s New England region, ticks all the right boxes. Renowned as Australia’s country music capital, Tamworth offers much more than just great tunes and a country music festival. From miniature trains to marsupial parks, there are plenty of things to do in Tamworth with kids
No family trip to Tamworth would be complete without a visit to the marsupial park, set on 14 hectares of beautiful native bushland. The park is free to enter and perfect for nature-lovers, with kangaroos, wallabies and emus roaming freely. Kids can hand-feed Indian peacocks and wander through the free-flight aviary. The park also boasts the community-built Adventure Playground where both younger and older children can let off steam. Afterwards, explore the scenic Kamilaroi Walking Track through the park to the Oxley Lookout with views of Flagstaff Mountain.
Jump aboard for family fun at Tamworth Miniature Trains. Located in the scenic hills of East Tamworth in the Botanical Gardens precinct, the railway features miniature steam and petrol locomotives running on 600m-long tracks. Open on the third Sunday of each month, the site features a train station, tunnels and bridges making for an exciting ride. Visit the Loco Cafe for drinks and burgers, or enjoy the gardens and picnic pavilion overlooking the tracks.
For a dose of high-energy excitement, Tamworth Inflatable World hits the spot. This huge indoor playground is an absolute blast for kids and parents alike. With an array of inflatable slides, obstacle courses and giant bouncing castles, you’re guaranteed hours of laughter and entertainment. Inflatable World caters to children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers, and is ideal for birthday parties. It’s a fantastic way to let the kids run free and guaranteed to wear them out!
Next on the list is the amazing Tamworth Regional Playground in the beautiful surrounds of the Bicentennial Parklands. This award-winning outdoor recreational space is a haven for children of all ages with different zones and play areas to explore. Enjoy free picnic areas, BBQs and an on-site cafe, while the kids climb the exhilarating 9m-high skywalk with giant slides and towers. Bring the bikes or scooters to ride the bike education track with road-like lanes and signage, then cool off on the splash pad in the warmer months. There’s also a play town to explore and a mammoth swing and flying fox for the thrill-seekers.
Restaurants in Tamworth
Tamworth also offers plenty of delicious options for family dining. While you’re at the Tamworth Regional Playground, grab a bite next door at the Hopscotch Restaurant, a local family favourite for breakfast and brunch. The heritage-listed Pig & Tinder Box, one of the first pubs in the New England region, serves up wood-fired pizzas and hearty burgers, while the kids will love Papa Luigi’s pizzeria for a taste of authentic Italy. If you’re looking for classic pub fare in a family-friendly setting, The Tamworth has an extensive menu from schnitzels to seafood, and caters for kids as well.
Where to stay
When you’ve had your fill of fun things to do in Tamworth, enjoy a relaxing stay at the family-friendly Econo Lodge Gateway Tamworth in central Tamworth, with a sparkling on-site pool and cosy rooms.