From trout fishing in pretty streams to birdwatching in protected wetlands, outdoor adventure is on your doorstep in Guyra, the highest town in the beautiful New England High Country. Nearby national parks offer great bushwalking, rock climbing, kayaking and mountain biking.

The surrounding farmlands produce some of Australia’s finest beef, lamb and wool, as well as potatoes, while tomatoes ripen in glasshouses. The delightful Lamb and Potato Festival in January celebrates the local produce, with market stalls, entertainment and family fun.

Birdwatching at Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve, New England High Country

You’ll find plenty of waterways for fishing, as well as trout farms, where you can enjoy fishing, tours, BBQs and picnics. Milani Trout Cottages is an ideal place to stay when hooking rainbow trout and the annual TroutFest held over the October long weekend is the perfect fishing escape.

Bring your binoculars for birdwatching at the Mother of Ducks Lagoon, a special reserve on the edge of Guyra that’s a rare breeding place for freshwater wetland bird species. A short drive north is the Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve, another wetlands sanctuary for many bird species.

The cascading Ebor Falls, Guy Fawkes River National Park

The drive to Guyra from Armidale is 30 minutes. From Coffs Harbour, via the gorgeous Waterfall Way scenic drive, it’s 2h 30min. Spectacular natural attractions to explore near Guyra include Ebor Falls, in the Guy Fawkes River National Park, and the Cathedral Rock National Park.

There are several accommodation options available in Guyra and more places to stay in the broader Armidale area, including B&Bs, hotels, motels, guesthouses, caravan parks and farm stays. Guyra is in the acclaimed New England wine region, renowned for its food and wine.


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  1. Armidale Markets in the Mall

    Sunday 31 March 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…

    31 Mar - 26 Jan
  2. The Idea of North

    Thursday 04 April 2019 , Armidale

    If you think you know the limits of what the human voice can create, then hearing and experiencing this astounding group will make you think again. The Idea of North will help you forget there are no instruments with their exceptional…

    04 Apr
  3. Colour New England Street Arts Festival

    Saturday 06 April 2019 , Armidale

    The festival is all about showcasing local talent, building creative capacity and cultural tourism, connecting arts and business, and involving the local community. The theme is Colour New England - celebrating the wonderful colours of…

    06 Apr