Yaraandoo, east of Armidale
Eco-friendly place to stay
Located 70 kilometres east of Armidale, off Waterfall Way, this well-constructed centre has quick access to three iconic national parks (New England, Cathedral Rock and Guy Fawkes River). Primarily a conference centre used for large groups, it also has a lovely self-contained apartment, double rooms, twin rooms and bunk rooms to rent (including disabled facilities). The 108-hectare property features bushwalks and a feral-proof enclosure – at times used for the conservation of native animals – and you are likely to see red-necked wallabies and kangaroos hopping around. The main building is made with rammed earth, compressed straw and recycled timbers, and reuses wastewater to flush the toilets. At 1300 metres in altitude it can be freezing cold, and the swirling mists can be a delightful surprise even when the coast is warm.
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