ARMIDALE

About Armidale

Armidale is an attractive and graceful city of tree-lined streets where the academic world of the University of New England mingles with a major rural service centre at the heart of rich, old world pastoralism. It is the major centre of the Northern Tablelands and the major city in the New England area of northern New South Wales. The city has four distinct seasons and it becomes like New England in the USA when in autumn the introduced birch, ash and poplar set the district ablaze with reds, golds and browns.

Although the university now dominates the city’s economy it is still in a rich and fertile area where grazing and the production of high-grade fine wool are the major source of local income. Equally timber processing and the production of potatoes and stone fruits are also important. The historic agricultural wealth of the district is apparent in some of the city’s fine heritage buildings. The scenery around Armidale includes forests, mountain gorges, waterfalls (Wollomombi Falls are one of the highest in Australia) and four national parks. Armidale is also known for its gracious city parklands; its schools and its impressive Anglican and Catholic cathedrals.
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Find out more about Armidale area from these links…

Accommodation

Staying at:Armidale Tourist ParkWikiCamps Link
Address:39 Grafton Road ArmidaleTel: (02) 6772 6470
Google Maps route:Approx 96kms & 1hr 8mins from Glen Innes
Arrival date:Tuesday 11th May 2021
Staying for:3 nights
Departure date:Friday 14th May 2021
Accom notes:The is a dump point in the park
Enclosed fire pit that do not damage the grass, so raised off the ground are permitted.
They do not sell firewood, but you can purchase wood from Bunnings or local service station or bring your own

Planned Activities

Day trip to explore Wollomombi Falls – Wednesday 12 May

The Wollomombi Falls are the highest waterfalls in NSW and after heavy rain (hopefully that happens before we get there 😁) the waterfall cascades 220m over the dramatic cliffs to the valley below.

Part of the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park there are lots of walks and several lookouts with absolutely stunning views.

Access is via all weather sealed roads. To get there follow the signs along Waterfall Way 38kms from the caravan park in Armidale turning right onto Wollomombi Falls Road and the picnic area is 1.7km from the turn-off.

This is the perfect location to spend a group day together. Bring your own food & drinks for lunch at the picnic area. There are barbecues, shelter and “drop toilets” available. The Wollomombi Falls are a short walk from the picnic area.

More information about the Wollomombi Falls, lookout & picnic ground is available on the NSW Parks website.

Places of interest in the area

Tourist Info

The nearest tourist info centre is the Armidale Visitor Information Centre, located at 182 Marsh Street Armidale - 2.3km west of the CP. Tel: (02) 6770 3888

Here’s some suggestions of places to visit and things to do around Armidale:

Captain Thunderbolt at McCrossin’s Mill Museum

The McCrossin’s Mill is a heritage-listed former mill and store and now museum at Salisbury Street, Uralla. It’s easy to find as there is a bronze statue of the infamous Captain Thunderbolt on his horse out the front.

Frederick Wordsworth Ward (1835 – 25 May 1870), better known by the self-styled pseudonym of Captain Thunderbolt, was an Australian bushranger renowned for escaping from Cockatoo Island, and also for his reputation as the “gentleman bushranger” and his lengthy survival, being the longest roaming bushranger in Australian history.

The last of the New South Wales bushrangers, Captain Thunderbolt ruled the highways and byways of New England High Country and beyond for much of the 1860s.

New England Regional Art Museum

Known as NERAM, this a museum of Australian art located in Armidale. NERAM’s art collections are the second largest and most valuable regional public collection in NSW after the Newcastle Art Gallery.

Self-Guided Heritage Walk of Armidale

Take yourself on a historical walking tour through the city of Armidale. The city is graced with two magnificent cathedrals and other heritage-listed buildings dating from the 1860s that reflect the lofty aspirations of the early settlers. Beautiful parks and gardens are plentiful, and they are awash with colour in Spring and Autumn.

Saints Mary & Joseph Catholic Cathedral

Saints Mary & Joseph Catholic Cathedral is a heritage-listed cathedral at 132 Dangar Street, Armidale. It is the diocesan cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Armidale and the seat of the Catholic Bishop of Armidale.

Armidale & Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place

The Armidale and Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place showcases a diverse range of Australian Indigenous arts and culture.

Traditional Aboriginal paintings are for sale all year round and the well-stocked gift shop offers Aboriginal artefacts and gifts.

Armidale Sport & Recreation Centre

Great place to go ten pin bowling.

Nearest Supermarkets & Bottle Shops