There’s nothing like finishing up work early on a Friday and setting off on a road trip. Especially when at the other end you’re catching up with a friend you haven’t seen for some time. With 8 hours of driving ahead of us to get to Tamworth, we left full to the brim with excitement – having already picked out our pit stops, packed our food and a soundtrack set to go. We were less about an hour out of Brisbane when we already started to pass by huge acreage, rusted windmills, endless paddocks, crops and cattle all before a backdrop of dark rolling hills and mountains and towering eucalyptus trees. Looking out as the sun began to set and dance behind the trees and hills, it made for some really beautiful scenery, and reminded me of how stunning Australia really can be (these photos don’t do it an ounce of justice).
As the burning sun went down and dark set in, our excitement wore off and we were all hanging out for our first stop so we could get out and stretch our legs. This became a theme for the rest of the trip until we arrived in Tamworth around midnight, weary and a little irritable. But our friend Dani’s ‘true blue’ welcome at her front gate did wonders to pick our spirits up.
After some sleep and a much needed lie in, we were up and ready for breakfast before ‘Dani’s World Famous Tamworth Tour’!
Breakfast really impressed. Addimi is a personal favourite of Dani’s and it wasn’t hard to see why. The staff were incredibly warm and friendly, there were blankets on the seats outside and the food was all kinds of delicious! We went back again the next day and I ordered the same plate of balsamic mushrooms, spinach and potato rosti (although I had a small bout of food envy over my sisters porridge). The strawberry milkshake was one of the best I’ve had, and my tea came out in the sweetest china set (just like one’s you’d find at your Nan’s house).
After breakfast we walked down along the main street looking at some of the shops. I picked up a little something for home, purchasing some organic handmade woven place mats from a sweet little homewares store ‘The Magic Pudding‘.
From there we jumped back in the car and Dani took us up to the look out, where we could see Tamworth sprawled out below us for miles. Dani pointed out the ‘main attractions’ (including the three McDonald’s in town – quite a lot considering it’s size and population) – the green and gold around us against the blue sky backdrop was just what I expected from the country. I could have easily wasted a few hours of the day up there with a picnic and good book. But we were on the move again, heading back down the hill to the Marsupial Park.
A novelty for us city girls, we arrived at the Marsupial Park to find it was FREE entry! (There are stations set up inside where you can donate to the park if you wish to help with it’s upkeep and the care of the animals). Personally, I’m not a huge fan of zoos or the like (I feel very uneasy seeing animals kept in cages), however this small park was a little unique. We didn’t get to see many kangaroos during our visit, as each day their fences are opened up and they have the freedom to roam the parklands as they like. The avery was large and all manner of birds were in trees, small ponds, perched on feeding stations or crossing the paths in front of us. I found a cockatiel that was more than happy to have his photo taken – didn’t even flinch as I stopped beside him , turning his head towards the lens. Little poser.
I loved driving around town, down quiet tree lined streets and past paddocks of horse or cattle which seemed to be only 5-10 minutes from the main streets. This meant I was able to tick something else off my bucket list, making some adorable roadside friends…
Of course, a tour of Tamworth isn’t complete without playing tourist in front of the Big Golden Guitar.
That afternoon we sat under Dani’s back patio drinking wine, sharing a cheese plate and life updates while a live stream from the local team’s footy match played in the background. Later, a group of her friends came around, each bringing along an amazing dish (got to love that country hospitality) and then we hit the town…
Feeling a little shady the next day, our first port of call was Addimi to fill and ease our bellies then came the farewells, before another long drive back home again. Time really does fly when you’re having fun!
I’ve never fancied myself a country girl (always, always a city girl at heart) but I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend escape (with the exception of the drive…). Perhaps next time I’ll fly…
Where & What:
- Addimi Espresso
306 Peel St, Tamworth
- The Magic Pudding – an eclectic mix of all things homey from kitchen goods, gourmet food supplies and more
295 Peel St, Tamworth
- Marsupial Park
Endeavour Dr, East Tamworth
(02) 6767 5555
Open Monday – Friday, 8am – 4.45pm
- The Golden Guitar
2-8 The Ringers Rd, Tamworth