Armidale

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.

Fluted Corinthian columns of the Armidale Courthouse, built 1859-1860

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.

Two cascading waterfalls, Ebor Falls, Guy Fawkes Rivers National Park

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.

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 onto Armidale.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Armidale Markets in the Mall

    Sunday 24 February 2019 to Sunday 26 January 2020 , 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…

    24 Feb - 26 Jan
  2. Armidale Farmers' Market

    Sunday 03 March 2019 to Sunday 15 December 2019 , 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…

    03 Mar - 15 Dec
  3. Armidale Music Foundation Choral Weekend

    Event dates to be confirmed: March 2019 , Armidale

    The Armidale Music Foundation Annual Choral and Orchestral Weekend again provides an opportunity for singers from NSW and further afield to rehearse and perform another large scale choral masterpiece with symphony orchestra under the…