This picture-postcard university town is the main hub of the wildly beautiful New England High Country. With wide leafy streets and heritage architecture, the town itself is a delight, but add in world-class rock-climbing sites, a booming wine industry, a great regional gallery and four national parks, and you’ve got a destination where you’ll feel deeply connected to the land – and yourself.
The picture-postcard town of Armidale is the main hub of the New England region. It’s home to grand cathedrals and a world-class university, with wide, leafy streets lined with heritage buildings. The historic towns of Guyra, Walcha and Uralla are all an easy scenic drive from Armidale.
Home to treasured grazing land, this region is rich in history and heritage. Hop aboard with Armidale Heritage Tours or set off on a self-guided walking tour and explore historic buildings, cathedrals and well-preserved country pubs. Visit Hillgrove Museum for fascinating memorabilia and photographs in the old Hillgrove School built in 1897.
The burgeoning New England wine region now has over 40 high-altitude wineries producing exceptional cool-climate chardonnay, riesling and shiraz. With four distinct seasons, the Armidale area is particularly beautiful in autumn when the tree foliage changes to a rich palette of red and orange.
The region has four national parks that form part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area: the New England National Park, the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, the Cunnawarra National Park and the Werrikimbe National Park. For spectacular views, take a helicopter joy flight with Fleet Adventures.
Explore the endless natural attractions in the great outdoors such as bushwalking, kayaking, rafting, fishing, rock climbing and mountain biking. Follow the misty curves of the Eagles Nest Walking Track or camp beside the towering Wollomombi Falls. Waterfall Way is one of the world’s most scenic drives through five national parks.
Getting to the Armidale region is easy. It’s halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, with the drive from each under six hours. You can also take the train directly from Sydney, which takes around eight hours. There are regular flights into Armidale Airport, a 10-min drive from the centre of Armidale. Places to stay include luxury B&Bs, farm stays, lodges, motels, camping and caravan parks.
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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