Things to do in Armidale
Discover Armidale’s wonderland of World Heritage listed national parks and state forests featuring stunning waterfalls, brilliant bushwalking, swimming, abseiling, and camping. Experience other outdoor activities from trout and fly fishing to canoeing, fossicking, horse riding and bird watching.
Explore historic Armidale which boasts the best regional art gallery in NSW, along with the Aboriginal Cultural Centre which showcases works by local artists. Armidale is a city of culture and learning, with a wonderful heritage area and is also a shopper’s haven with a vibrant and bustling shopping precinct.
Where is it and how do you get there?
Armidale is in the heart of the New England region on the high tablelands of the Great Dividing Range, 569 kilometres north-west of Sydney.
The Armidale XPLORER runs daily from Sydney to Armidale.
To check times, use the booking form on the left.
Private buses operate throughout Armidale and taxi and hire car services are also available. There is a free Armidale Heritage tour that takes visitors to major historic and architectural landmarks, and Armidale has an extensive cycleway.
What to do and see
Visit the Railway Museum and see tools and implements used by railwaymen in an earlier era while exploring the classic railway buildings. See how people lived over 100 years ago at the Saumarez Homestead, a 10 hectare grazing property with an elegant, fully furnished Edwardian mansion. Take a guided tour through the 30 rooms, stroll through the Edna Walling style cottage garden and visit outbuildings complete with 19th century tools and equipment.
Continue to travel through time at the Museum of Printing, Museum of Education, Old Teacher’s College and the Museum of Antiquities.
At the Armidale and Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place learn dot painting, boomerang throwing and how to source bush tucker . This community based gallery features art workshops, exhibitions and many other programs to provide cross-cultural learning throughout the New England region.
Visit the New England Regional Art Museum, home to one of the best collections of Australian Art outside a capital city. Works are largely from the Howard Hinton Collection which includes art by William Dobell, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and the Lindsay family.
Armidale is surrounded by beautiful nature reserves which provide endless activities. Peacefully paddle a canoe along the beautiful Macleay River, or for the ultimate adrenalin rush, go white-water rafting down wild mountain rivers. Ride a sure-footed mountain horse to explore glorious gorge country and then camp overnight. For those looking for excitement, defy gravity by abseiling and rock climbing the area’s amazing cliffs and deep chasms.
Travel a little outside Armidale to Guyra, the highest town in the New England Tablelands. Bird watch at the Mother of Ducks Lagoon, a wetlands reserve that attracts nature and bird lovers from all over the world and enjoy the tranquillity of Wollomombi Falls, one of the highest falls in Australia.
Venture 60 kilometres from Armidale to the stunning Cathedral Rock National Park on 10,897 hectares. Enjoy the three hour walk to the top of the rock and experience the magnificent 360 degree view. Keep an eye out for wedge-tailed eagles and photo opportunities of giant boulders and sculpted rocks. Camp at the Native Dog Creek and Barokee rest areas and stoke up a barbecue.
Travel 85 kilometres east of Armidale to the New England National Park, an area of World Heritage listed rainforests. Step into another world of clear water creeks, snow and mist and see awe inspiring views. Enjoy a range of easy and interesting walks around the lookouts or meet the challenge of a longer bushwalk.
At Uralla, visit the grave of bushranger Frederick Ward, also known as Captain Thunderbolt who was killed in the area in 1870. Try your luck panning for gold and take the Uralla Heritage Walk which has 30 historic buildings along the route. Browse through Uralla’s antique shops and art galleries and then visit the impressive Aboriginal rock art site at Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve.
At night relax and experience Armidale’s large range of pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants. Many pubs and clubs host great live music through out the week.