Admire colonial heritage, explore fine museums and galleries, and enjoy delicious food and wine in this elegant regional city. A picturesque spot in the New England High Country, Armidale is home to the University of New England and an ideal base for exploring nearby national parks.
There’s a number of great things to do and see in Armidale. Discover this cosmopolitan centre on a heritage tour, and see grand cathedrals and colonial buildings in pretty tree-lined streets. You can join Armidale Heritage Tours for a guided bus tour or take a self-guided heritage walk.
Visit the New England Regional Art Museum, which houses the important Howard Hinton and Chandler Coventry collections, and works by famous artists Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and James Gleeson. You’ll find indigenous art at the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place.
With a lively events calendar, enjoy festivals, exhibitions and the Armidale Farmers Market, held on the first and third Sunday of the month. A short drive southwest of Armidale is Saumarez Homestead, a National Trust-listed Edwardian mansion built between 1888 and 1906 – you can take a guided tour.
Surrounded by some of Australia’s richest pastoral lands, you’ll find quality restaurants and cafes, trendy bars like The Welder’s Dog and classic pubs like the Wicklow Hotel. The New England region is also known for its elegant cool-climate wines.
Nearby, find magnificent waterfalls, striking escarpments and ancient rainforests. You can take the Wollomombi walking track to Australia’s second-highest waterfall in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.
On the Northern Tablelands of NSW, Armidale is halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. You can travel by road, rail or air. There are plenty of places to stay, including B&Bs, guesthouses, farm stays, motels and apartments. You can even stay among vineyards in a winery.