Armidale is Australia’s highest city and the capital of New England High Country. Located at around 1000m in the beautiful New England tablelands Armidale is a vibrant, small city renowned for education, culture and its stunning natural environment. Located halfway between Sydney and Brisbane on the New England Highway, Armidale is serviced with multiple daily flights only an hour to either capital city, and just two hours drive from the beaches of the mid north coast.
New England High Country boasts spectacular waterfalls, gorges, world-heritage national parks. Canyoning, mountain biking, birdwatching, trout fishing and other outdoor adventures take on an exciting new dimension up high. Imagine a place where the geology and biodiversity is unique, where you can climb giant rock formations, stroll through rainforests, encounter rare wildlife, watch powerful waterfalls, camp in the wilderness, paddle wild rivers, and find endless breathtaking views.
This is all part of the New England experience – there are hundreds of thousands of hectares of national parks and state forests to explore. Throughout the national parks an extensive gorge wilderness unfolds, with over 500 kilometres of wild and scenic rivers. Discover a unique natural playground with magnificent waterfalls, rainforests and exotic flora and fauna.
Further information at: newenglandhighcountry.com.au
From renowned collections of antiquities and Australian art to writers’ workshops, a fascinating and diverse cultural heritage, cutting-edge contemporary theatre and stellar music programs, culture and the arts are ubiquitous in the New England. Armidale regularly plays host to major events which attract large numbers of visitors and is a tourist attraction in its own right attracting tourists all year round. Based along Beardy Street its tentacles spill over into Moore Street, Faulkner Street, Dangar Street and Cinders Lane.
With a reputation for boutique shops there are many, independently owned, retail outlets which have developed concepts appealing to shoppers looking for something different. Many of these stores offer that rare mix of a quality experience, expected of metropolitan centres, but delivered with traditional regional warmth. The galleries, museums and pop-up spaces offer a unique vibrance unparalleled to other regional centres.
From Kindy to PhD: Armidale’s excellence in education is well recognised from pre-school to university level it is known for the strength and breadth of its educational institutions.
Armidale differs from most inland regional centres because it has a long established university, transforming it from a rural town to a sophisticated and cosmopolitan small city. The University of New England was the first Australian university established outside a capital city. With a history extending back to 1938, UNE has a well-earned reputation as one of Australia’s great teaching, training and research universities.
Through the University, TAFE, private and public schools the city has become a significant education centre, creating a wider range of jobs and business opportunities than usually found in the country. It has a well educated and diverse population who stimulate change and demand a high standard of living. Education centres within Armidale include:
Further information at: Armidale Regional Council