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Armidale travel, what to see and do — guide & itinerary

Elevated view over Dangar falls in Dorrigo National park, Australia

Why should I go there?

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.

Must See & Do

  • Picnic in one of the many reserves close to town
  • Visit Waterfalls, pick and choose from the WaterFall road trip
  • Stroll around the heritage heart of Armidale
  • Visit Saumarez Homestead
  • Camp in one of the National Parks overnight
  • Cycle your way around Armidale
  • Visit the New England Regional Art Gallery
Getting there

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.

Awesome journeys and day trips from Armidale
Armidale what to see and do: Culture and Art

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

Saumarez Homestead

230 Saumarez Rd, Armidale NSW 2350

TAS Hoskins Centre

Armidale, NSW 2350

Youdales Hut and stockyards

Yarrowitch NSW 2354

University Of New England:

  • UNE & Regional Archives. Situated at the Newling Campus. Open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.
  • Museum of Education. Entry to the museum is by appointment only.
  • The Museum of Antiquities is located in the Arts building. Open weekdays 9.00am to 4.30pm.
  • Zoological Museum. Open Wednesday 9.30am to 5.00pm.
  • Booloominbah. Located in the grounds of the University of New England. A former gentleman’s residence built in 1888 in a traditional English style. The glorious stained glass windows are a noted attraction. The venue is open for private functions.
Heritage buildings

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).

Heritage Walk

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.

Parks and Gardens

Armidale Bicentennial Arboretum

Kentucky St, Armidale NSW 2350

Dumaresq Dam

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

Festivals: Plan to visit Armidale in autumn

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.

Travel pack information
  • Armidale Visitor Centre promotes several Armidale self-guided day trips around the region. Call into the Centre for details. Armidale Visitor Information Centre Armidale Tourism offers in depth local knowledge about what is open. Armidale Event Calendar is worth checking into before you start your journey.
  • Guided tours Armidale City Heritage Bus Tour bookings via the Armidale Visitor Information Centre
  • Armidale 2-3 hour self-guided heritage walk map and description PDF
  • New England HighCountry brochure & guide PDF
  • Waterway Way brochure & guide PDF, Check out itinerary on Gondwana Rainforests, Waterfall Way 2 week road trip.
  • Cycle trail map PDF (nine cycleways around Armidale.

Travel Pack. Armidale cycling map

Travel Pack. Armidale Self-guided Heritage Walk sheet

Travel Pack. New England country guide to Armidale, Uralla and Walcha

Travel Pack. Waterway Way brochure (Armidale Visitor Centre publication)

The journey is worth it

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