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About Armidale

Armidale is the capital of New England; a thriving sophisticated regional city renowned for education, sport, culture and magnificent world-heritage national parks.

Altitude bestows on the Armidale region one of Australia's most breathtaking natural environments. Pristine wilderness, rainforests and waterfalls are simply spectacular, and best of all, can be enjoyed without the crowds. Whether it's a morning jaunt to a waterfall, a weekend's trout fishing, a trip down the gorge on horseback or a multi-day hike through wild bush landscapes, it's easy to get in touch with nature from Armidale.

Our World Heritage National Parks are wonderlands of wild bush splendour, with extensive wilderness, dramatic waterfalls and gorges, wild and scenic rivers, dry rainforests and rare plants and animals. Three World Heritage-listed National Parks - the New England, Oxley Wild Rivers and Dorrigo National Parks - are within 90 minutes' drive of Armidale, making them ideal for day trippers as well as campers and serious hikers. Brace yourself for stunning views from the edge of the Great Escarpment and prepare to be enchanted as you explore the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area on a network of walking tracks.

You can gorge on nature even closer to the city, too: Dangars Gorge is just 20 minutes' drive from Armidale, and Wollomombi Gorge, with the second highest waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere, is 30 minutes along the Waterfall Way. An hour's drive east of Armidale is Cathedral Rock National Park, which offers great short walks. Then there is the great rugged beauty, New England National Park, where you can walk amid Snowgums, Banksia and Antarctic Beech forest and see all the extraordinary way to the coast on a clear day.

Armidale is the cultural heart of New England and has the best regional art gallery in NSW outside the main metropolitan cities with major collections valued at over $40 million. The city has a twin cinema which shows mainstream and art house movies. There is the New England Conservatorium of Music, a Symphony Orchestra, a Youth Orchestra, a biennial Bach Festival and several choral groups. The Armidale Drama & Musical Society, Stage One Theatre for Children and the University of New England Department of Theatre Studies perform regularly during the year.

Armidale: at a glance

  • Capital of the New England Region
  • 1000m altitude with a cool, temperate climate
  • University city renowned for education
  • Ultra high speed broadband (NBN)
  • World Heritage National Parks
  • Cultural and sophisticated cosmopolitan city
  • High quality sporting facilities and infrastructure