Resting a thousand metres above sea level, the city of Armidale and its surrounding towns Guyra, Uralla, and Walcha offers visitors a truly unique journey into nature, culture and history. Also known as the Cathedral City, Armidale is a beautiful mix of 19th century churches, cultural centres, and modern cafes and restaurants. With its perfect climate, lush landscape, and thriving ecology, you get a place with rare and unique flora and fauna, giant rock formations, dense rainforests, majestic waterfalls, and wild rivers.
Welcome to a true New England High Country experience!
Explore the metropolitan center of Armidale on a self-guided walk or a guided bus tour and see its spectacular cathedrals and colonial structures. Among the landmarks is the Saumarez Homestead, a mansion built between 1888 and 1906, which is open to the public. If you’re looking for some artistic inspiration, visit the New England Regional Art Museum, host to the works of several famous artists, and the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place, home to aboriginal traditional art. Armidale is also home to a Railway Museum and a Museum of antics, both very much worth a visit.
No visit to the Cathedral City is complete without a trip to the Saints Mary and Joseph Catholic Cathedral. This awe striking place of worship is a magnificent example of how buildings such as these were constructed centuries ago. High vaulted ceilings with stained glass windows and intricate internal masonry and woodwork. Closeby is the St. Peter’s Cathedral, another beautiful church, known for its stunning garden. Please remember to respect the tranquility and peace of the churches!
Among these places of history and culture are quality restaurants, bars, cafes, and wineries. Get some good food and drink at the Goldfish Bowl, Wayward Trails, and the Welder’s Dog. Sample some artisan cool-climate wines at Petersons Winery, Whyworry Wines, and Merilba Estate. It’s also worth picking up some fresh produce at the Armidale Farmers’ Market, which is held every second Sunday of the month.
For a truly complete Armidale experience, Waterfall Way gives road trippers a vast selection of stunning natural scenery complemented by cultural interludes and environmental wonders for a scenic drive that spans just over 200 kilometres. You could cover the scenic drive of the Waterfall Way in around 2.5 hours but it could take you all day with so many incredible stops along the way. The scenic drive starts at Coffs Harbor and runs through five national parks and winds through lush forest, waterfalls, open woods and farmland as you approach the city itself.
Armidale also offers other forms of leisure such as the Armidale Golf Club, Monckton Aquatic Centre, and the Armidale Sports and Recreation Centre for all your sports and fitness needs. New England High County is also famous for its trout fishing. For some local knowledge and hot spots check out the Milani Trout Cottages and Dutton Trout Hatchery. To plan a Heli-Fishing flight, visit the airport’s Fleet Helicopters. Finally, Armidale is only a few kilometers away from popular whale watching sites.
Armidale Visitor Information Center
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
New England Regional Art Museum
Saints Mary and Joseph Catholic Cathedral
Booloominbah Historic House
Armidale Bicentennial Arboretum
Armidale Pine Forest
Monckton Aquatic Center
Armidale Farmers’ Market
Armidale Cultural Centre and Keeping Place
Drummond Apex Lookout
Natural History Museum
Armidale Art Gallery
Museum of Antiques
Armidale Guided Heritage Tours