Armidale is the largest town in the New England district. It has over 30 National Trust–listed buildings, and is home to New England University, the first university in Australia established outside a capital city. The transplanted birch, poplar and ash trees that line the broad streets make Armidale seem like an English village. National parks in the area offer breathtaking forests, gorges and waterfalls.
Armidale Visitor Information Centre, 82 Marsh St, Armidale; (02) 6770 3888
Nearby national parks
New England Regional Art Museum The museum (closed Mon) has over 40 000 visitors each year and 8 gallery spaces, an audiovisual theatre, artist studio and cafe. The Howard Hinton and Chandler Coventry collections are among the most important and extensive regional collections, and include works by legendary Australian artists such as Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Margaret Preston and John Coburn. There is also a separate Museum of Printing (open Thurs–Sun) featuring the F. T. Wimble & Co collection; open 10am–5pm Tues–Fri, 10am–4pm Sat–Sun; 106–114 Kentucky St; (02) 6772 5255.
Armidale Heritage Tour: includes Railway Museum, St Peter's Anglican Cathedral (built with 'Armidale blues' bricks) and University of New England; departs daily from visitor centre and is free.
Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place: includes museum, education centre and craft displays; 10am–4pm Mon–Fri, 10am–2pm Sat–Sun ; 128 Kentucky St; (02) 6771 3606.
Armidale Folk Museum: National Trust–classified building with comprehensive collection of pioneer artefacts from the region including toys and buggies; 1–4pm Mon–Sun; Cnr Faulkner and Rusden sts; (02) 6771 4398.
Self-guided heritage walk and heritage drive: 3 km walk and 25 km drive provide history and points of interest in and around the town; maps from visitor centre.
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park World Heritage–listed with the largest area of dry rainforest in NSW, this park includes Dangars Falls (21 km SE), a 120 m waterfall in a spectacular gorge setting, and Wollomombi Falls (40 km E), which at 220 m is one of the highest falls in the state. Activities in the park include camping, canoeing, walking and horseriding.
University of New England:
University of New England:features Booloominbah Homestead, Antiquities Museum, Zoology Museum and kangaroo and deer park; Handel St; (02) 6773 3333; 5 km NW.
Saumarez Homestead: National Trust–owned house offering tours; 10am–5pm Sat–Sun and public holidays, closed mid-June to end Sept; Saumarez Rd; (02) 6771 3255; 5 km S.
Dumaresq Dam: walking trails, boating, swimming and trout fishing (Oct–June); Dumaresq Dam Rd; 15 km NE.
Hillgrove: former mining town with Rural Life and History Museum featuring goldmining equipment (open 10am–5pm Fri–Mon, honesty box with gold-coin donation) and self-guided walk through old town site; brochure at visitor centre; 31 km E.
Fishing spots near town
Lake Copeton 93 kmLake Copeton has an excellent catchment area, fed by the Gwydir River and runoff from the New England Tablelands. The lake is about 46 km west of Inverell on the Gwydir Highway. Its dam wall was constructed primarily to... Find out more
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Long Point camping area 31 kmSet amid forest in the north of the park, this camping ground is accessible via the old goldmining town of Hillgrove from Waterfall Way. The easy Cassinia Walk (1.5 km, 45 min) and medium Chandler View Circuit Walk (6... Find out more
Green Gully camping area 35 kmJust off Waterfall Way in the north of the park, Green Gully has short walks to lookouts over Chandler and Wollomombi falls – the latter being the largest single-drop waterfall in Australia (240 m). It’s a... Find out more
Wattle Flat camping area 55 kmNamed for the acacias that flower along the banks of the Styx River in early spring, Wattle Flat is a spacious, grassed area ringed with eucalypts, with welcoming river pools nearby. Turn onto Loop Rd from Styx River... Find out more
Barokee camping area 56 kmBarokee is the most popular campground, with secluded campsites amid eucalypts and banksia. There’s water in a nearby creek, but it needs to be treated or boiled, otherwise bring your own. Walkers can take on the... Find out more
Native Dog camping area 59 kmThere’s enough room at the campsite for your caravan or camper trailer, and a number of walks leave from here, including the easy Warrigal Track (1 km, 30 min return) and Woolpack Rocks (7.4 km, 3 hr return).... Find out more
Caravan parks around town
Uralla Caravan Park 22 kmLocated one block from the New England Highway and within easy walking distance of the town, this is a clean and tidy park suitable for short or longer visits.... Find out more
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Glen Rest Tourist Park 82 kmLocated 3.5 km south of Glen Innes, in a pleasant rural setting, this park is an ideal stopover for travellers passing through the region. Bookings are required during peak periods and festivals and a minimum-length stay... Find out more
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Craigieburn Cottages 84 kmOn the southern outskirts of town, this park is in a picturesque setting with green lawns, shady trees and enormous granite boulders.... Find out more
Fossicker Caravan Park 85 kmOnly 200 metres from the centre of town, this park is within easy walking distance of most town services. It is one of the best parks in Glen Innes. A minimum-length stay applies at Easter, long weekends and special... Find out more
Austin Tourist Park 96 kmThis large park just 4 km from the town centre offers a range of facilities. A minimum period of 14 days applies during the country music festival. Bookings are also required at other peak times. Small dogs only are... Find out more
Paradise Tourist Park 96 kmThe park is within walking distance from the centre of Tamworth and is extremely popular during the country music festival. Bookings are required at peak times, however bookings are not accepted during the month of... Find out more
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Rest areas around town
82km N of Tamworth (R) or 29km S of Armidale (L)
Just off the highway behind the rock.
Kyabra rest area 39 km
72km N of Tamworth (L) or 39km S of Armidale (R)
Small area adjacent to the highway. Good shade.
Walcha East rest area 55 km
159km NW of Wauchope (R) or 5km SE of Walcha (L)
Just off the highway near a few trees.
Woolbrook rest area 57 km
Grassed area 1km off the highway on the riverbank.
Apsley Falls camping area 61 km
T/O 145km NW of Wauchope (R) or 19km SE of Walcha (L)
Secluded in the forest 1km north of the highway near the falls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.
Stoney Creek rest area 64 km
141km NW of Wauchope (L) or 23km SE of Walcha (R)
Adjacent to the highway on the banks of the creek.
Bendemeer park area 64 km
At the memorial park via the street into town.
Tia Falls camping area 76 km
T/O 129km NW of Wauchope (R) or 35km SE of Walcha (L)
Secluded in the scrub 6km (unsealed) north of the highway near the falls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.
Tia River rest area 77 km
128km NW of Wauchope (L) or 36km SE of Walcha (R)
Adjacent to the highway overlooking the river.
92km N of Armidale (R) or 7km S of Glen Innes (L)
Large area adjacent to the highway.
Swan Brook rest area 85 km
33km E of Inverell (R) or 34km W of Glen Innes (L)
Just off the highway on the east side of the bridge.
6km E of Glen Innes (R) or 154km W of Grafton (L)
Well off the highway among the trees.
Beardy Waters rest area 94 km
10km N of Glen Innes (L) or 82km S of Tenterﬁeld (R)
Among a few trees on the banks of Beardy Waters.
Runnymede rest area 95 km
4km E of Inverell (L) or 63km W of Glenn Innes (R)
Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.
Tamworth park area 96 km
Just off the highway. On the east side of town.
What's on around town
Armidale Markets: Beardy St; last Sun each month
(3rd Sun in Dec).
Armidale Show: Mar.
Autumn Festival: Mar.