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Armidale – Heart of New England

Take a break from the heat and the crowds and visit the high country where the summer temperatures are comfortable and the evening air is cool.  Travel up the beautiful Great Dividing Range.


At an elevation of 980 metres above sea level, Armidale has a population of 25,000 and is Australia’s highest city. Armidale is located almost mid-way between Sydney and Brisbane on the New England Highway, just over an hour from Tamworth and two and a half hours drive from Coffs Harbour and the coast along the scenic touring route known as the Waterfall Way.


Often described as the educational and cultural capital of New England, Armidale is home to the University of New England, Australia’s oldest rural university and is a vibrant rural centre with a welcoming country atmosphere. Like most university towns Armidale has a diverse community, which enjoys the cosmopolitan atmosphere, provided by pedestrian malls with outdoor cafes, monthly markets and regular artistic events and cultural festivals.


History & Heritage - Art & Culture

Armidale has a rich history dating from the early days of European settlement.  Armidale is graced with elegant cathedrals, churches, heritage buildings, museums, galleries and grand pastoral homesteads such as Saumarez and Booloominbah.  The New England Regional Art Museum houses over 3500 works including the Hinton and Coventry collections, which are the envy of national institutions.  The Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place provides many opportunities for visitors to experience some of the richness of Koorie heritage in New England and features indigenous art, craft and artefacts.  Armidale’s free Heritage Tour, which runs daily from the Visitors’ Centre, is an excellent way of enjoying a leisurely guided tour of the city taking in the major historic and architectural landmarks.  It’s a popular attraction so bookings are recommended. 


Natural Wonders

World Heritage-listed national parks and magnificent natural scenery are right on Armidale’s doorstep.  In the vast gorge country of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, within a short drive of the town centre, you can experience the thrill of standing on the edge of an escarpment with a 300 metre vertical drop.  Less than an hour’s drive, is the unspoilt wilderness of the Great Dividing Range at New England National Park where you can walk amidst snowgums and Antarctic beech trees; living descendants of forests that flourished 80 million years ago! 


The national parks, state forests and nature reserves around the Armidale area offer spectacular scenery, magnificent waterfalls and a great choice of outdoor activities for all interests: from bushwalking, wildflowers, fossicking, bird-watching and fly fishing to horseriding, canoeing and photography.


Enjoy Armidale's perfect summer weather - warm during the day and cool in the evening.  Visit armidale for your accommodation, food and fun requirements.

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