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.
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.
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.