Whether you’re a foodie in search of gourmet fare or a nature lover looking for a pristine Australian bush escape far from the crowds, the Armidale region in the New England High Country of NSW has something for you.
Towns and villages
The picturesque town of Armidale is at the centre of the region. It is home to a large university and the leafy streets are lined with heritage buildings. Guyra, Walcha and Uralla are all an easy drive from Armidale, and the whole region is dotted with waterfalls, deep gorges, rivers, ancient rainforest and abundant wildlife.
Art and history
Home to treasured grazing land, this region is rich in history and heritage. Join Armidale Heritage Tours to discover grand cathedrals, colonial buildings and well-preserved country pubs. The excellent New England Regional Art Museum has two comprehensive Australian art collections.
Things to do around Armidale
With four distinct seasons, the Armidale area is great to visit year-round. It is particularly beautiful in autumn when the trees change into a rich palette of red and orange. The New England wine region is home to a number of top wineries producing exceptional cool climate chardonnay, riesling and shiraz.
The region has four national parks that form part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area: the New England National Park, the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, the Cunnawarra National Park and the Werrikimbe National Park. For spectacular views, take a helicopter joy flight with Fleet Adventures.
Explore the natural attractions on outdoor adventures such as bushwalking, kayaking, rafting, fishing, rock climbing and mountain biking. Follow the misty curves of the Eagles Nest walking track or camp beside the towering Wollomombi Falls. The Waterfall Way is a scenic drive between Armidale and Coffs Harbour, through five national parks.
Getting there and where to stay
Getting to the Armidale region is easy. It’s halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, and the drive from each is less than six hours. You can also take the train direct from Sydney and the journey is around eight hours. There are regular flights into Armidale Airport, a 10min drive from the centre of Armidale.
There’s a range of accommodation options across the region to suit every budget, from camping at Dangars Gorge Campground to basic motel rooms like Deer Park Motor Inn to luxury suites within wineries, like Petersons Guesthouse & Winery.