#1 Experience the competition that launched the careers of country music heavy weights Keith Urban and Lee Kernaghan. The free event sees ten finalists; chosen from all over the country, perform for a shot at the Toyota Star Maker Title. Tip: Bring your picnic rug and get in early for the best spot.
#2 While a food truck may seem more festival appropriate, Glasshouse Restaurant at Goonoo Goonoo Station is a must-do while in Tamworth. Only 20 minutes out of town and boasting a locally sourced menu, this feed will be well worth the trip. Tip: get there late afternoon to enjoy the sunset, while overlooking the rolling hills of the station.
#3 Test your 4WD skills on a custom designed track, complete with everything from near vertical ramps to rock tracks. Don’t worry, if you’re not up for the challenge of driving yourself, take it all in from the passenger seat, with a professional navigating the terrain. Plus, check out the real life Toyota HiLux Tonka Truck for it’s last weekend on tour.
#4 Have half a day to spare? Take a trip out to Sheba Dam. The 50-kilometre drive from Tamworth includes winding country roads and gorgeous scenery, ending in a perfect picnic location and a swim (in case the Tamworth heat gets too much).
#5 Even though the Star Maker, Golden Guitar Awards and Stars Under The Stars concerts are the main events of the festival, it is definitely worth dropping into a local pub for the behind the scenes action and a chance to hit the dance floor.