Armidale

A picturesque city in the beautiful New England high country, Armidale charms with colonial heritage, fine museums and galleries, and delicious food and wine. Home to the University of New England, Armidale is a perfect base for exploring nearby spectacular World Heritage national parks.

Discover this cosmopolitan centre, nestled in some of Australia’s richest pastoral lands, on a heritage tour and see grand cathedrals and colonial buildings in pretty tree-lined streets. You can join Armidale Heritage Tours on a guided tour or take a self-guided heritage walk to the landmarks.

Armidale Courthouse, New England

You’ll be delighted with the many things to do and see, including the wonderful New England Regional Art Museum. It contains the important Howard Hinton and Chandler Coventry collections and works by famous artists Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and James Gleeson, to name just a few.

You can admire indigenous art at the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place, which has a gift shop. A short drive southwest of Armidale is Saumarez Homestead, a National Trust-listed 30-room Edwardian mansion built between 1888 and 1906. There are guided tours of this fascinating home.

Ebor Falls New England - Armidale - Country NSW

Armidale enjoys a vibrant events calendar of festivals, exhibitions and the bi-monthly Armidale Farmers Market. You’ll find quality restaurants and cafes, and hip bars and classic pubs such as the Welders Dog and the Wicklow Hotel. The New England region also makes elegant cool-climate wines.

On the Northern Tablelands of NSW, Armidale is near magnificent waterfalls, striking escarpments and ancient rainforests. Take the Wollomombi walking track to Australia’s second-highest falls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.

Getting to Armidale is easy. Halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, you can travel to Armidale by road, train or air. You’ll find plenty of places to stay, from cosy bed and breakfasts, guesthouses and cottages to farm stays, motels and apartments. You can even stay among vineyards in a winery.

Armidale Airport

Fly into Armidale Airport

Armidale Airport is only 8 km from Armidale’s city centre. Use the taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip northeast along the New England Highway. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

QantasLink and Regional Express operate daily direct flights to and from Sydney. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Armidale.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Armidale Farmers Market

    Sunday 28 October 2018 , Armidale

    The Armidale Farmers Market occurs on the first and third Sunday of the month. Head along to buy fresh, local, seasonal produce, home made gourmet food, wine and plants. Get a hot cup of organic fair trade gourmet coffee and catch up with f…

    28 Oct
  2. Armidale Markets in the Mall

    Sunday 28 October 2018 to Sunday 25 November 2018 , Armidale

    Armidale Markets in the Mall are held on the last Sunday of each month with 50 plus different stalls making a regular appearance. Stalls include a huge range of quality handmade and handcrafted items, cupcakes, candles, bath and body produc…

    28 Oct - 25 Nov
  3. St Peters Armidale Gardens Tour

    Saturday 03 November 2018 to Sunday 04 November 2018 , Armidale

    St Peters Town and Country Garden Tours have been an annual event in Armidale for 26 years. Through all the vagaries of New England weather - drought, hailstorm, rainstorms, late frosts, wild winters, mild winters - the gardens have brought…

    03 Nov - 04 Nov