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Pop, 31,865; 429 km N of Sydney.

Tamworth is a prosperous regional city which boasts of being the first place in the Southern Hemisphere to have electric street lighting in 1888.

It is also renowned as the nation's Country Music Capital. Towards the end of January each year it hosts the Tamworth Country Music Festival, which attracts more than 50,000 visitors.

There is a particularly fine collection of paintings. Australian silver and ivory figurines in the city's excellent art gallery.

The first mayor of Tamworth, Phillip Gidley King, lived in Calala Cottage, which has since been restored, and houses an excellent museum.

Overlooking the city from 250m is the Oxley Lookout, part of a 400 ha park of steep woodland, It is also an animal sanctuary. On the Manilla Road, marking where explorer John Oxley crossed the Peel River in 1818, is the anchor from his ship Sealark. Oxley was a Naval officer before turning to exploring,

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Tamworth Information Centre, Cnr Peel and Murray Streets, Tamworth, 2340.
Open 9.00am to 5.00, 7 days a week. Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Tel. (02) 6767 5300; Fax (02) 6767 5312

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