This gracious university town is the main hub of the New England High Country, and one of Australia’s most elegant regional cities. At 1000m above sea level, Armidale is known for vibrant autumn foliage and cool breezes in summer. Wander its wide, leafy streets and find nineteenth century churches and heritage architecture mixed with modern cafes and restaurants.
Discover Armidale’s fascinating history on a self-guided heritage walk or guided bus tour and see grand cathedrals and colonial buildings in wide, tree-lined streets. Southwest of Armidale, you’ll find Saumarez Homestead, a National Trust-listed Edwardian mansion built between 1888 and 1906 that’s open to the public.
Enjoy delicious locally grown produce at restaurants, cafes, and bars all over Armidale. Sample handcrafted beers at The Welder’s Dog or sit down to a counter lunch at classic country pubs like the historic Wicklow Hotel and the art deco Tattersalls Hotel. The Goldfish Bowl is a great spot for coffee and breakfast.
Surrounded by some of Australia’s richest pastoral lands, the Armidale region is known for its fresh produce. Pick some up at the Armidale Farmers Market, held monthly. Armidale is also known for its award-winning cool climate wines, which you can taste at Petersons Armidale Winery, Merilba Estate and Whyworry Wines.
Getting to Armidale 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 10-min drive from the centre of Armidale.
There are plenty of places to stay, including B&Bs, guesthouses, farmstays, motels and apartments. You can stay among vineyards in a winery, camp out in the forest at Halls Park Camping or get a taste of rural life at Glenhope Alpacas B&B.
Fly into Armidale Airport
Armidale Airport is only 6km 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.
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