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The focus of this self-promotion is the Australasian Country Music Festival, held every January.
However, Tamworth is also the commercial and administrative capital of the New England region.
It is situated 390 m above sea-level on the Peel River and 412 km north of Sydney at the intersection of the New England and Oxley Highways. Prior to white settlement the area was occupied by the Kamilaroi people who knew it as 'Calala', thought to mean 'place of battle'.A private village began to develop on the western bank of the Peel River in the late 1830s with a few huts and stores on the eastern bank to cater for teamsters who crossed the river at that point.A lock-up was established and a postmaster employed in 1840.It was allocated in two separate parcels, the larger being Goonoo Goonoo, on the southern bank of the Peel River, which became the company headquarters in 1841.Tamworth was established as a company station and camp on the Goonoo Goonoo grant.