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The Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth
Left Bec & Tom fairly early this morning to get a good start for Tamworth - Australia's capital of country music.  We drove up the New England Highway which took us through some quite intersting countryside.  Melissa was born in Singleton so we drove through there on the way - it's quite a big town now with all the necessities, such as a McCafe for a caffeine fix!  In this area, there are a lot of coal mines, all open cut, as well as power stations, so quite a moonscape scene in places.  Once again, much of the route was blanketed in a smoke haze from the bushfires.  Upon arrival in Tamworth, first job was to take a photo of  the "Big Golden Guitar" - Noel has started ticking off all the "big things" we see in Australia, so this one had to go on the list!  We stayed at the Tamworth YHA, pretty basic but clean, friendly staff and in a great location.  We walked around the town centre and up to the "Walk a Country Mile Museum", which sets out an interesting history of country music in Australia.  Even if you are not country experts (such as us!) the museum is really interesting - it's amazing how many country singers you know of once they're laid out in front of you.  Tonight we drove up to Oxley Lookout, on top of the hill above Tamworth.  You get a superb view over the town and surrounding areas.  Once again, a beautiful red sunset because of the smoke haze.  Increbily hot again today, hard to take so early in the year.
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The Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth
The Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth
photo by: mimmee