The icon of Tambo is the Tambo Teddy.
Back in 1992 wool prices had crashed, the Tambo district was in the grip of a drought and the local community were challenged to come up with a new industry to sustain the economy of the little town. A brain storming session during a workshop developed the idea that Tambo could assist the wool industry, encourage tourists and create employment by making unique teddy bears from wool pelts and stuff them with wool.
After many months of designing and planning, the first Tambo Teddies were ready for sale in February 1993.
The impact and enthusiasm of the public was overwhelming and the business grew. Tambo Teddies take pride of place in homes all over the world and have made the little town of Tambo (population some 600) the ‘outback Teddy capital of Australia'.
The business changed ownerhsip in 2014, and Tambo's Teddy tradition has gone from strength to strength.
You can find a soft and cuddly Bickie Bear for your newborn or a fully dressed Mr. Stockman teddy bear with his hat, swag and stock whip. Pop in and watch your bear come to life as they are lovingly made. As their personality emerges each bear is individually named after a farming property in the Tambo district.
You might fall in love with Macfarlane Michael or Tambo Station Tony or not be able to resist the charms of little Drensmaine Debbie; but be assured there is a teddy bear just waiting to go home with you. In the workshop, you can meet your new lifelong companion, over 44,000 teddy bears have been made here in Tambo and yours will have its own unique number, identity and personality.