Armidale, located in the northern tablelands of New South Wales, is a sophisticated city full of charm. Housed in Armidale are two cathedrals, a university (University of New England) and many great restaurants, shops and museums for visitors to explore. In addition, Armidale is surrounded by four national parks, resulting in some beautiful, jaw-dropping scenery.
Armidale has a lively pedestrian mall, which stretches across three blocks, where the locals and students spend their time. Cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops cater to students and residents, and there are plenty of historical sites to see, including the noted Art Deco building Tattersalls Hotel, Armidale Courthouse, the Post Office, the New England Hotel and the former Commonwealth Bank. The New England Regional Art Museum on Kentucky Street has the Hinton Collection; 1,200 pieces of art that has been described as the only complete collection of Australian art in the country.
Near Armidale, there are several World-Heritage listed national parks such as New England National Park and Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.
May and October are busy months in Armidale due to the University of New England Graduation period. January, May and October are also busy months for festivals, such as the New England Wool Expo, New England Bach Festival (biennial) and the Armidale Women’s Comedy Festival. The Autumn Festival is another popular annual event that takes place in April.
The winter months (June to August) are, in general, the low season.
Car hire and taxi services are available at Armidale Airport.
The centre of Armidale is best enjoyed on foot. There are bicycle lanes – and lots of great biking trails – if you would like to power your own way. There is a bus service (Edwards) which travels between the town centre and the university, but by far the best way of seeing Armidale and the countryside is by car.