Kootingal is a small, quiet New England Highway town just 15 minutes north of Tamworth, smack in the middle of some of the most productive mixed farming country in Australia.
For all that, Tamworth is best known internationally as the country music capital of Australia. Since 1973, the Australian Country Music Festival - held in January - has attracted tens of thousands of fans from throughout the world and is now recognised as one of the most important festivals of its kind.
If you’re up this way, have a look at the Country Music Hands of Fame display in CWA Park which carries the handprints of many legendary names in the country music business.
Kootingal stands close by Warrina Wines whose cellar door is open at weekends for tastings and sales. Seven kilometres north of Kootingal the Big Chook points to Moombi, centre of the largest poultry-producing rural area in the state and gateway to the Moombi Ranges.