Heritage building, Tourism New South Wales

Population 26000

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.

Visitor Information

Armidale Visitor Information Centre, 82 Marsh St, Armidale; (02) 6770 3888

Nearby national parks

  • Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

    Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, much of it World Heritage–listed, is a stunning environment of majestic gorges, deeply incised river...more

  • Cathedral Rock National Park

    Cathedral Rock National Park, in the New England Tablelands, is great bushwalking and rock-climbing territory, and offers peaceful camping...more

  • Guy Fawkes River National Park

    Guy Fawkes National Park in the state’s north-east is isolated, extensive and wild. The Guy Fawkes River winds its way through the...more

Nearby towns

  • Uralla

    This charming New England town is famous for its connection with bushranger Captain Thunderbolt, who lived and died in the area. It is no...more

  • Guyra

    Guyra is the highest town on the New England tablelands at an altitude of 1320 metres on the watershed of the Great Dividing Range. Snow is...more

  • Walcha

    Walcha (pronounced 'Wolka') is an attractive service town to the local farming regions on the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range....more

In Town

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: 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 km

Lake 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

Eco-friendly activities around town

Birdwatching - Port Macquarie to Lismore 32 km

There are a couple of top birdwatching spots in the New England area. One of the most spectacular is an all-weather bird hide among masses of waterbirds at Quipolly Dam, about 18 kilometres north-east of Quirindi. Mother... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Archie’s on the Park

Archie’s on the Park is widely regarded as Armidale’s premier restaurant. Contemporary fare is served in the beautiful historic dining room, and the wine list is particularly good.... Find out more

Caffiends in the Mall Armidale

Caffiends in the Mall is renowned in Armidale as one of ‘the’ place to go for coffee.  The unpretentious cafe recently changed hands but still offers great service, gourmet food and... Find out more

Campsites around town

Dumaresq Dam camping area 11 km

This peaceful, relaxed setting is on the shore of Dumaresq Dam, 12 km north-west of Armidale, via Handel St, Boorolong Rd and Dumaresq Dam Rd. Fishing, birdwatching and canoeing are all popular activities, and... Find out more

Dangars Gorge camping area 19 km

Located in the north-east of the park and accessed via Dangarsleigh, this popular 10-site spot delivers impressive views of the gorge; after rain, the falls are charged with water, and in springtime wildflowers carpet... Find out more

Rocky River Fossicking Area camping area 24 km

Get into the spirit of the goldmining era – Rocky River Fossicking Area, 6 km to the west of Uralla, was the site of a major goldrush in the 1850s. Pop into the visitor centre for some equipment, then set up a tent... Find out more

Long Point camping area 31 km

Set 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 km

Just 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 km

Named 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 km

Barokee 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 km

There’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

Armidale Tourist Park 2 km

A lovely spot with shady trees and wide expanses of lawn, this park is only 3 km from the town centre. There are two kennel areas where guests can leave their dogs while enjoying the local attractions or catching up on... Find out more

Uralla Caravan Park 22 km

Located 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

Country Road Caravan Park 23 km

A popular stopover on the New England Highway, this park has good facilities and is an ideal base for exploring the area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Glen Rest Tourist Park 82 km

Located 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

Kootingal Kourt Caravan Park 83 km

Conveniently located alongside the New England Highway, this tidy park is ideal for an overnight stop. It is also a good base for those attending the Tamworth Country Music Festival during January, when a booking is... Find out more

Craigieburn Cottages 84 km

On 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 km

Only 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 km

This 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 km

The 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Annie’s B&B

Annie’s charming self-contained B&B includes three suites: Studio, Garden and Piano (so-named because it houses a grand piano!). The property is on 1.5 hectares of rambling bushland and features a saltwater... Find out more

Claremont Crossing

Claremont Crossing is proof that ‘rustic charm’ doesn’t have to mean busy floral drapes and fussy furnishings. This is an elegantly appointed, self-contained two-storey farmhouse sleeping up to ten... Find out more

Petersons Armidale 
Winery & Guesthouse

Petersons is a stunning country manor (c. 1911) operating as a luxurious boutique guesthouse. Every inch of the property has been thoughtfully appointed to maximise the tranquil ambience, with seven guest suites offering... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Thunderbolts Rock park area 28 km

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

At Woolbrook

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 Bendemeer

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.

Celtic Country South rest area 80 km

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.

Beardy Waters Woodland park area 87 km

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

At Tamworth

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.

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