Armidale :: City for all seasons
Armidale is Australia's "university town", offering a unique blend of city sophistication and rural gentility in the heart of the New England high country. Home to the country's first regional university, the city-style cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops reflect a multi-cultural flavour. Students and business people from all over the world mingle in the Beardy Street Mall where posters and flyers advertise a non-stop program of literary events, art exhibitions and concerts.
Armidale is also home to one of the most highly regarded regional art galleries in the country – New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) – which houses priceless works by Streeton, Lindsay, Roberts, Dobell and many more. There are 35 Armidale buildings listed by the National Trust (including St Peter's and St Joseph's Cathedrals), many of which are included in the daily Heritage Trolley Tour.
The area surrounding Armidale is equally rich in beauty. Our National Parks form the western limit of a string of World Heritage-listed Parks stretching towards the coast, while the Waterfall Way cuts through this gorge country and is lined with breathtaking cascades. Along the way, there are historical villages to explore, bushwalking tracks, wilderness camping and spectacular views.