For a memorable adventure, escape to the picturesque Armidale area and explore World Heritage national parks, marvel at Australia’s second-highest waterfall, and enjoy wine tasting at cool-climate wineries. There are many wonderful things to do and see in the beautiful New England high country.
Halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, getting to the vibrant city of Armidale is easy by road, train or air. The charming towns of Guyra, Walcha and Uralla are all within an easy drive of Armidale and near striking waterfalls, deep gorges, marvellous rivers, ancient rainforest and abundant wildlife.
On some of the finest grazing lands in Australia, this region in the Northern Tablelands of NSW is rich in history and heritage. Join Armidale Heritage Tours and discover grand cathedrals and colonial buildings. The New England Regional Art Museum houses two magnificent Australian art collections.
With four distinct seasons, this region is perfect to visit at any time of the year. Outdoor adventures to explore the natural attractions include bushwalking, kayaking, rafting, fishing, rock climbing and mountain biking. For spectacular aerial views, take a helicopter joy flight with Fleet Adventures.
There are four national parks that are part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area - New England National Park, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Cunnawarra National Park and Werrikimbe National Park. Point lookout in the New England wilderness offers breathtaking views.
Eagles Nest walking track is in World Heritage rainforest and Oxley Wild Rivers is home to towering Wollomombi Falls. There is campground near the falls. The Waterfall Way is a scenic drive between Armidale and Coffs Harbour, winding through five national parks including the Oxley Wild Rivers.
Enjoy other touring routes including Thunderbolts Way, named after the colonial bushranger Captain Thunderbolt, aka Frederick Ward. You’ll find plenty places to stay as well as delightful events and delicious food and wine experiences, from cellar doors to tours, farmers markets and festivals.