Amidale, with its unique blend of culture, state of the art technology, educational diversity and natural beauty is a City offering everything worth living for. Armidale is situated half way between Sydney and Brisbane and only 2 two hours from the coastal city of Coffs Harbour, it enjoys a warm summer, tones of amber during autumn, a crisp winter and an exhilarating spring. An attractive and graceful city of tree lined streets where new world cosmopolitan and old world pastoralism coexists. It is the major centre of the Northern Tablelands with a population of approximately 25,000.
The New England region is renowned for its world class fine wool and beef production, and Armidale is the home to at least 14 different Cattle Breed Societies. The region is also developing a reputation as a producer of high quality wines.
Why not take the opportunity to see Armidale's heritage with a leisurely 2.5 hour guided bus tour, stopping at the Armidale Railway Museum and Station, Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place, New England Regional Art Museum and University of New England heritage homestead. View more information about the Armidale guided heritage tour here.
The city and surrounds are graced with elegant cathedrals, churches and pastoral homesteads, historic monuments, heritage buildings and fascinating museums and galleries. The New England Regional Art Museum houses the Hinton and Coventry collections which are the envy of national institutions. The collection at the New England Regional Art Gallery is considered by many as the best of any country gallery in Australia, with a particularly impressive array of Australian paintings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place features indigenous art, craft and artefacts.
Armidale has long been known as an educational and cultural centre. It is home to the University of New England and several historical and highly recognisable private boarding schools.
Armidale is situated close to the magnificent gorge country of the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and the spectacular wilderness of the Great Divide. The area also offers wonderful scenery including many waterfalls and a great choice of activities such as golf; bush walking, fishing and helicopter flights.
The Wool Vision Showcase, held in early May, is a showcase for the districts wool industry and the Saumarez Homestead Fair takes place in early May.
There is always something happening in Armidale, from concerts, plays and workshops, to live music in hotels. There are many sporting events, markets, artistic and cultural festivals, and spring and autumn open garden viewings. Check out Armidale Tourism's Events Calendar for an extensive list.
Come to Armidale and see for yourself….. Come and enjoy this beautiful area.