HOLLYWOOD superstar Angelina Jolie is no stranger to making flying visits to far-flung places.
From filming in exotic Asian locations to spreading goodwill in African countries as a United Nations ambassador, there is scarcely a corner of the globe she hasn’t graced with her presence.
But as any local will tell you – usually over a drink, at a pub, with country music playing in the background – there is no place in the world quite like Tamworth.
With this truism in mind, The Leader threw the challenge out to its readers – and a few well-known locals – to plan the perfect Saturday for Ms Jolie and her family.
Tamworth councillor Tim Coates suggested Ms Jolie and her kids start the day with a hearty breakfast at either Addimi Espresso or The Old Bell Tower.
While the mercury is still relatively low, Meegan Marmora suggested the kids would enjoy experiencing Australia’s unique native animals at the Marsupial Park.
No visit to Tamworth is complete without a visit to the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame, while Destination Tamworth volunteer Ken Walsh was keen to spruik the Powerstation Museum, celebrating the city’s pioneering achievements in electricity.
Kathleen Burke was full of praise for Cafe 2340’s “divine” lunch menu and Tracey Rankmore thought Ruby’s Cafe, with its shady outdoor play area, would appeal.
New England MP Barnaby Joyce suggested Ms Jolie take a drive out to the historic Walcha Road Hotel for lunch and an “afternoon on the verandah watching the sun go down”.
But Cr Coates thought the Oscar-winning actress’s children would prefer to spend the afternoon panning for gold at Nundle and experiencing some “old-fashioned country hospitality”.
Swinging back through Tamworth for a mandatory picture with the Golden Guitar was a popular suggestion, while the Safari Club’s undoubted “wow factor” gave it the edge over several other quality establishments for dinner.
The Longyard Hotel was also offered up by several people as the perfect venue to unwind after a Saturday to remember.