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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Tamworth is home to country music in Australia. The 12m tall golden guitar on the New England Highway on the southern approach to the town is evidence of how important the music is to the town. Each January thousands of people flock there in their Akubra hats to get their fill of the music they love. Country music has moved with the times, and in Tamworth, so has the standard of accommodation.

The Retreat at Froog-Moore Park calls itself luxurious, artistic and romantic. Suites are individual and have been designed around travel experiences of the owners.

The Succulent Suite has a queen bed, double shower and private verandah. Its private breakfast room has vertical glass panels, black walls and peaked room with an internal gold dome.

Moroccan Fantasy is a romantic, tented suite. It has king bed, claw-foot bath and enormous shower. Its colour scheme is gold, cream and shades of purple.

The Dungeon has a king bed and all the fuel for your imagination. It has a private sitting room.

The Henderson Room is relaxing and spacious, richly decorated in greens, coppers and burgundy. It has a large bathroom and is fully wheelchair accessible.

All rooms are air-conditioned, have television, DVD player, heated towel rails and bathrobes.

The 1.5 hectare gardens have won many prizes since the owners began planting in 1990. There is a Japanese section, an old ruins feature, magnificent roses and shady trees. Garden sculptures and art works are sprinkled throughout. There are little corners with garden seats where you can take time out to enjoy a picnic hamper, a bottle of wine and watch the sun setting.

For lunch a picnic hamper can be pre-arranged for those touring the region, or to share in the garden. For dinner a gourmet platter of hot and cold foods can be enjoyed on the deck or in your dining area if you just don't want to leave.

The three-course breakfasts are a real treat and of a great standard. In the evenings you can enjoy platters of hot and cold gourmet food in the dining area on your own deck.


Four hours drive north of Sydney


The Retreat at Froog-Moore Park suites start at $165 a night. Three-course breakfast is included.

Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

More information

The Retreat at Froog-Moore Park
78 Bligh Street
Tamworth 2340
Ph: (02) 6766 3353

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