Tamworth might be best known as the home of country music in Australia, but while it’s good to time your visit around the Country Music Festival, there’s more.

Twenty minutes out of town you’ll find one of the most beautiful country escapes in NSW. The heritage-listed Goonoo Goonoo Station is a working cattle station that dates back to the 1830s. After four-year restoration completed in 2016, what’s emerged is modern, luxury accommodation carefully meshed with the existing historic elements.

Seven charming red-brick cottages speak to the station’s history with names like Shearer’s Quarters and the Jackaroo’s. But you can bet the old shearers didn’t have heated bathroom floors, nor access to a tennis court and heated swimming pool.

The central Glasshouse Restaurant is a culinary and architectural destination in its own right. True to its name, it’s more windows than walls, with stunning views of undulating farmland and Liverpool Range beyond. It’s open from breakfast but shines brightest later on, with beautifully presented à la carte plates in the traditional entrée-main-dessert format, and a concise wine list that includes the Station’s own shiraz, pinot noir and sauvignon blanc.

Take a drive the historic wool mill town of Nundle, where you can sift through antique stores and perch up at the old town pub for a schooner, to the soundtrack of bluegrass and bush ballads.

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Updated: December 15th, 2022

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