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Must do

Fast facts

  • Rolling hills on high tablelands of the Great Dividing Range
  • Famous as a university city and gateway to World Heritage national parks
  • Seven hours’ drive north-west of Sydney

Why go there

Armidale is a city of culture and learning, with a wonderful heritage precinct, two impressive cathedrals and great shopping. The two closest national parks are excellent for bushwalking and other outdoor pursuits, and New England National Park is World Heritage-listed.

Guyra, the highest town in the New England Tablelands, has a freshwater wetland inside a volcanic crater, a breeding ground for waterbirds.

Things to do

  • Go birdwatching at the high-country wetland, the Mother of Ducks Lagoon.
  • Visit the grave of bushranger Frederick Ward, also known as Captain Thunderbolt, at Uralla.
  • Walk to Wollomombi Falls, the second highest vertical drop in Australia.
  • Explore New England National Park, which is World Heritage-listed.
  • Join the free, daily heritage tours of Armidale, departing from Armidale Visitors Centre.
  • Discover the wild beauty of Oxley Wild Rivers, Cathedral Rocks and Werrikimbe national parks.

Don’t miss

  • New England Regional Art Museum, which has arguably the best collection of any regional gallery in Australia.
  • A guided tour of Saumarez Homestead, a grazing property with 20 buildings dating from the 1860s.


  • New England Bach Festival, Armidale, in May.
  • Wool Expo, Armidale, in May.
  • Armidale Women’s Comedy Festival, Armidale, in October.
  • Walcha Bushmans Carnival and Campdraft, Walcha, in January.
  • Armidale streetscape, New England North West

    Armidale streetscape, New England North West

Towns within

Autumn in Armidale, New EnglandArmidale - A picturesque historic town with a cosmopolitan feel and a modern university...


Avenue of poplars, Glen InnesGlen Innes - Historical Glen Innes is a charming rural town noted for its Celtic heritage...


Touring in a vintage car, Guyra Guyra - A pleasant town in the New England Tablelands, surrounded by a range of attractions...


Memorial to notorious bushranger Captain Thunderbolt, UrallaUralla A historic township, alive with echoes of the goldrush era.


Waterfalls at WalchaWalcha Gateway to gorges, rainforests, waterfalls, wilderness – and great adventures.


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