Armidale has an ace up its sleeve with four National Parks within one hour drive. New England National Park, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Cathedral Rock National Park and Guy Fawkes River National Park. The town is appealing to the eye. Autumn brings the picture postcard rural town a glorious display of deciduous leaf golds and the crackle, snap and crunch of autumn foliage as you walk the tracks. The heritage buildings provide a sense of tradition that continues to be lived in and adapted to contemporary use. The buildings are not just museum pieces but part of the living heritage of Armidale. Armidale is entrancing.
Armidale is a small community of less than 30,000 residents yet its heritage, built on pastoral wealth and nineteenth gold mining has constructed a pretty town situated in the stunning highlands of New South Wales. Together with a vibrant University of New England Armidale has a cosmopolitan atmosphere appealing to a wide range of interests.
Start with a self-guided heritage walk of the historic centre of town to get your bearings. Pop into the Armidale Visitor Information Centre for ideas as well check out our city guide for inspiration. Map of the heritage walk and other details in a handy travel pack.
Armidale is located on the New England Highway 475 km north of Sydney and 460 km south-west of Brisbane. It stands 980 metres above sea level with the commercial airport in Australia. It’s location makes for an ideal weekend getaway for both Sydney and Brisbane.
Best time to visit
Weather Armidale is characterised by four distinct seasons with pleasant daytime temperatures from early spring (October) to mid autumn (April). Summer average temperature ranges from 20 to 31c. Winter ranges from 0 to 15c.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
New England Regional Art Museum
106-114 Kentucky St, South Hill NSW 2350
Armidale Folk Museum
Rusden St &, Faulkner St, Armidale NSW 2350
Museum of Printing
106-114 Kentucky St, South Hill NSW 2350
Armidale Art Gallery
168 Beardy St, Armidale NSW 2350
Armidale Bicentennial Railway Museum
Brown St, Armidale NSW 2350
Armidale & Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Keeping Place Inc
96-104 Kentucky St, Armidale NSW 2350
Hillgrove Rural Life and Industry Museum
Scouler St, Hillgrove NSW 2350
Saints Mary & Joseph Cathedral
136 Dangar St, Armidale NSW 2350
St Nicholas’s Church of England
9 Tingcombe Lane Armidale, NSW
230 Saumarez Rd, Armidale NSW 2350
TAS Hoskins Centre
Armidale, NSW 2350
Youdales Hut and stockyards
Yarrowitch NSW 2354
University Of New England:
Late nineteenth century with gold mining, pastoral prosperity Armidale acquired the grand and elaborate buildings. The Anglican and Catholic cathedrals were among the earliest buildings to grace the centre of town, along with the stately post ofﬁce, state bank and courthouse, all still in use today. Outside town is the Saumarez Homestead, a 30-room Edwardian mansion with most of its original furnishings intact, offers a remarkably authentic glimpse of 19th-century family life on the land. Booloominbah, the 1880’s designed by noted architect John Horbury Hunt (who also designed the Anglican cathedral). The building is now the administrative heart of the University of New England, the ﬁrst rural university in NSW (established as a college of Sydney University in 1938 and proclaimed an independent university in 1954).
An easy 2km self-guided walk covers Armidale’s city centre highlighting the many beautiful buildings and churches. There are over 34 buildings and sites of interest. If you are flagging nearby cafes and eateries made for welcome break.
Armidale Bicentennial Arboretum
Kentucky St, Armidale NSW 2350
458 Dumaresq Dam Rd, Armidale NSW 2350
Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve
Yarrowyck NSW 2358
Dangars Falls picnic area
Dangarsleigh NSW 2350
Blue Hole picnic area
Castle Doyle NSW 2350
Gara Gorge lookout
Threlfall Rd, Castle Doyle NSW 2350
Autumn is gold, bronze and red in Armidale. The season is celebrated in Armidale as the Autumn Festival. There is a street parade, live performances, market stalls. The Festival is one of the oldest in the country and features the classics as well, fairground rides, agricultural livestock competitions and fireworks at night. While the weather is cooler at night the average temperature in March is 20-24c. Remember to check Events for up to date information around dates and times festivals will be held.
The journey is worth it