ARMIDALE .... EXPERIENCE THE HIGHS
Armidale is a thriving city rich in Heritage, History, Culture, and top class educational facilities.
Surrounded by a raft of natural wonders, within a one hour drive are the World Heritage listed New England National, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Cathedral Rock and Guy Fawkes River National Park.
The New England region enjoys four distinct seasons with pleasant daytime temperatures throughout the
year ranging from 20 to 31 degrees in the summer months and 0 to 15 degrees in the cooler months.
Population 26 050 • Altitude 980metres • Rainfall 800mm per annum
Armidale City Highlights
Heritage and History
Armidale Heritage Tour
A free 2½ hour guided mini bus tour of the city taking in the heritage sites and buildings. Departing everyday at 10am, bookings are essential by calling the Armidale Visitor Information Centre 6770 3888.
Self Drive Heritage Tour
(25km) taking between 1 and 2 hours. See some of Armidale’s fine architectural buildings, landmarks, parks and lookouts. Call into the Visitor Information Centre for your copy.
(approximately 2km) a self-guided walk covering Armidale’s city centre highlighting the many beautiful buildings and churches. Call into the Visitor Information Centre for your copy.
A National Trust historic pastoral property. Inspection of the house is by guided tour only. Tours at 10.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm on weekends and public holidays, (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday). Saumarez grounds are open to casual visitors on weekends and public holidays, (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday), between 10am and 5pm. The property is closed from mid-June to 1 September. For enquiries contact 6772 3616.
Located in the grounds of the University of New England. A former gentleman’s residence built in 1888 in a traditional English style.
Museums & Galleries
New England Regional Art Museum
Kentucky Street. Houses the largest permanent art collection outside Sydney including the Hinton and Coventry Collections. Open Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm. Saturday and Sunday 9.00am to 4.00pm. Contact 6772 5255.
Museum of Printing
Located at the New England Regional Art Museum.
Open Thursday and Friday 10.30am - 3.30pm.
Armidale Folk Museum
Located on the corner of Faulkner and Rusden Streets. Open 7 days a week from 1.00pm to 4.00pm.
Entry by donation.
Contact 6770 3536.
Armidale Art Gallery
Located at 168 Beardy Street. Open. Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm,
Saturday and Market Sunday 9.30am - 1pm.
University Of New England
- UNE & Regional Archives
Situated at the Newling Campus, corner of Dangar and Kentucky Streets.
Open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm. Contact 6773 6555.
- Museum of Education
Entry to the museum is by appointment only.
Contact 6773 3333.
- Museum of Antiquities
Located in the Arts building. Open weekdays 9.00am to 4.30pm. Contact 6773 3333.
- Zoological Museum
Open Wednesday 9.30am to 5.00pm.
Contact 6773 3333.
Open to the public daily between 11.00am and 11.30am.
Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place
Kentucky Street. Displaying aboriginal art and artifacts with craft displays and souvenirs. Open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm Saturday 10am – 2pm. Contact 6771 3606.
Hillgrove Rural Life and Industry Museum
An old gold mining town located 20 minutes drive from Armidale. The museum houses a fascinating collection from years gone by and has a large outdoor display of machinery from the gold mining era. Open Friday to Monday and public holidays 10am – 5pm.
Recreational & Outdoor Activities
Armidale Golf Club
High quality 18 hole parkland course. Visitors welcome. Contact Pro’s Shop 6772 6592.
Social bowls available at the Armidale City Bowling Club (contact 6772 5666) and the Armidale Ex-Services Memorial Club (contact 6772 5880).
Uralla Road, BBQ and picnic area. Aquatic gardens, children’s play area. The site enjoys panoramic views over the city. Dump Point facility.
Jeffery Street - Views overlooking the city.
Bicycle track, running from the University through the CBD to the eastern side of the city. Maps available from the Visitor Information Centre.
This enclosure is located on the corner of Elm Avenue and Trevenna Road on the University of New England campus. The public can see Fallow Deer, Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Swamp Wallabies. (Viewing through fence only).
Ten Pin Bowling and Kids World
Sport and Recreation Centre, 227 Mann Street. Contact 6772 8099.
Monckton Aquatic Centre - Dumaresq Street, open from October to April.
Contact 6772 8341.
Dumaresq Street, located next to the Monckton Aquatic Centre.
Apsley River and Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Apsley Gorge, Budds Mare and Styx River State forest
Scenic Drives around Armidale and Region
A copy of the scenic drives can be obtained from the Visitor Information Centre: 6770 3888.
Trout and Bass Fishing
There is plenty of excellent fishing within a one-hour drive of Armidale. Fisherman can go on their own or can take advantage of fully guided fishing tours offered by local expert anglers.
Woolridge Recreation and Fossicking Reserve 6km West of Uralla and Rocky River.
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Stretching from Armidale to Walcha, with walking tracks throughout Wollomombi Gorge, Gara Gorge,
Dangar Gorge, Apsley Falls, and Tia Falls. Most have camping sites.
New England National Park
A one hour’s drive from Armidale, World Heritage listed with camping and cabin accommodation available. For accommodation enquiries contact 6657 2309.
Cathedral Rock National Park
Approximately 1 hour’s drive from Armidale. The 2 hour walk rewards you with with 360 degree views from the top of rock. Some rock scrambling is required!
Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve
27 kms west. A 3km return walk to the significant Aboriginal heritage landmark.
Call into the Armidale Visitor Information Centre located behind the Mobil Service Station
our friendly staff to assist you with accommodation and attraction information,
itineraries, district maps and group itineraries.