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Phantoms in the Bush
Phantoms in the Bush

Thu, 07 Sept



Phantoms in the Bush

An informal event for these most formal of cars!

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Time & Location

07 Sept 2023, 2:00 pm – 11 Sept 2023, 10:00 am

Tamworth, 83/85 Ebsworth St, Tamworth NSW 2340, Australia

About the Event

A joint RR&BCCNSW/SHRF event. Queen Elizabeth’s 1977 Silver Jubilee Tour included a visit to Tamworth to open the new County Councilheadquarters. The SHRF Phantom V (5VF159) was the car used during the Tamworth visit. As a commemoration of this event, a gathering of all model Phantoms is proposed.

Below is a preliminary plan for the tour. Details may change according to circumstances.


Thursday 7th Sept:  

·  arrival at the "Ashby House" motel - 83/85 Ebsworth St, Tamworth - 02 6762 0033.  We have reserved 17 rooms of various configurations (from Thurs 7th until Sun 10th - departing on Mon 11th) - rooms from $180 (including a continental breakfast) - this is a two storey building so it would be appreciated if those who can, book a 1st floor unit do so, to assist those less mobile. This motel has a certain amount of undercover parking and no cars are visible from the street.

·  Dinner at the nearby Marigold Chinese Restaurant, which is just a couple of blocks from the motel

Friday 8th Sept:

·  breakfast at the motel

·  a visit to Calala Cottage and Museum - the official residence of Philip Gidley-King - the first administrator of the township of Tamworth..

·  Lunch in Tamworth - location TBA

·  afternoon - tour of the Tamworth PowerStation museum -  in 1888, Tamworth was the first location in Australia to have electric street lighting 

·  dinner at the Wests Leagues Club, or similar

·  an evening tour of the Tamworth Regional Astronomy Centre (including an explanatory talk on what can be seen from this site)

Saturday 9th Sept:

·  Breakfast at the motel

·  Lunch at the historic Dungowan Station - est 1837 - cost TBA - this is about 50km out of town on scenic roads following the Peel River

·  Dinner - location TBA

·  Evening - a 70s musical review at the Capitol Theatre - cost TBA

Sunday 10th Sept:

·  morning - a self catered picnic/breakfast at Oxley Lookout - various other car clubs will be invited, along with the local media

·  lunch - as required - there are many excellent restaurants and cafes available

·  Farewell dinner at Carmen's Restaurant - featuring Italian as well as the regular favourites - as well as a la carte, there are a  number of set price menus (from about $50 for three courses)- a bus to/from will be provided - price TBA

Monday 11th Sept:

·  Departure breakfast at the motel

It is anticipated that there will be free time over the weekend to explore other sites/activities, such as;

·  The Country Music centre and Golden Guitar

·  The Australian Equine and Livestock Centre - AELEC - a world class venue for horse and cattle events.

·  The Tamworth Regional Art Gallery - if there is sufficient interest a tour of the gallery storerooms

·  The native Marsupial Park

·  The Tamworth Botanic Gardens

·  The Riverside Park, with many country music items of interest

The agenda is set at a relaxed pace so that there will be time for coffee and conversation over the weekend. Driving will be minimised - the trip to Dungowan will be the longest - as many will have covered a fair distance just to attend.


To assist in planning, it would be very much appreciated if attendees emailed organisers to confirm their attendance and motel bookings - if they are unable to attend any particular event, please also let the organiser know.

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