Armidale is a cosmopolitan and sophisticated urban centre located in a picturesque rural setting on the doorstep of some of the most scenic national parks in Australia. Gracious cathedrals and stately buildings dating from the 1860s reflect the lofty aspirations of the early settlers and remain a hive of activity today.
Armidale is home to the University of New England, an institution that has attracted students and faculty from across the globe since its establishment as a university college in 1938. With the University, TAFE, four prestigious private schools as well as public schools all achieving results, Armidale is also widely known as a centre of education excellence.
There is a lively appreciation of the arts here. The New England Conservatorium, New England Regional Art Museum, Hoskins Centre, Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place, and a talented crowd of local and visiting musicians, artists, actors and enthusiasts ensure that the calendar isfull of inspiring events and festivals.
There are four national parks, each with extraordinary natural attractions, all within an hour’s drive from the city centre. Along the aptly named Waterfall Way, Ebor Falls in the Guy Fawkes River National Park is one of several majestic waterfalls to admire. Other spectacular sites to discover include Dangars Falls, Wollomombi Falls and Point Lookout. Much of the extensive wilderness in the New England and Oxley Wild Rivers National Parks is World Heritage listed.
If you’re wondering where to eat, stylish cafés buzz with activity and serve up great coffee and delicious meals all day. Restaurants, clubs and pubs also offer a wide range of contemporary Australian and international cuisines, often featuring food and wine produced in the surrounding countryside.
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