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10 ways to experience Armidale

Petersons Armidale Winery and GuesthouseCREDIT: Destination NSW

Armidale has something special for nature lovers, culture vultures and foodies alike.

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10 ways to experience
Armidale

Petersons Armidale Winery and Guesthouse CREDIT: Destination NSW

Armidale has something special for nature lovers, culture vultures and foodies alike.

#lovensw #newsouthwales

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Armidale, in the New South Wales Northern Tablelands, is Australia’s highest city. A six-hour drive, or an 85-minute direct flight, from Sydney, this regional hub and university town has something special for nature lovers, culture vultures and foodies alike.

Have an Art Deco moment  

After an extensive refurbishment, Armidale’s Tattersalls Hotel is now a picture of Art Deco glamour. If you miss out on a room, you can always admire the architecture and design with a visit to the bar or restaurant. French chef Jean-Luc Morcellet previously worked at the Savoy in London and the Shangri-La in Doha before taking over the Tattersalls’s kitchen. Treat yourself to a meal in the restaurant or, if you’re after something casual, take a seat in the pizza garden or grab a bite from the bar menu.  

Chase waterfalls  

Visit the highest waterfall in NSW. Wollomombi Falls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park are more than 220m high and just 42km (or a 30-minute drive) east of Armidale, making this the perfect spot to start or end a Waterfall Way road trip.  

Take to the skies  

Feel your jaw drop as you fly over the dramatic gorges of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. See waterfalls and maybe also brumbies (wild horses) and eagles aboard a Fleet Adventures helicopter, or opt for one of its ‘Warbird’ adventures — aerobatic twists and turns optional.  

Get an art fix 

Armidale’s New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) is home to more than 5,000 works of art, including the Howard Hinton Collection, one of the nation’s most important collections of 20th-century Australian art. See works by major Australian artists Arthur Streeton, Margaret Preston, Norman Lindsay and Tom Roberts among the 132 pieces on permanent display.  

Museum hop 

Just next door to NERAM, the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place has an art gallery with contemporary and traditional Aboriginal art and offers workshops for groups of 10 or more. Continue your museum tour with a visit to the Bicentennial Railway Museum, where you can step inside an old stationmaster’s residence. Meanwhile, the Armidale Folk Museum shares a glimpse of life in the area during the 19th century, when parrot pie and kangaroo-tail soup had their day.  

Tattersalls Hotel, Armidale CREDIT: Destination NSW

The historical facade of the Tattersalls Hotel in Armidale.

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Tattersalls Hotel, Armidale CREDIT: Destination NSW

The historical facade of the Tattersalls Hotel in Armidale.

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New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM), Armidale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Explore NERAM.

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New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM), Armidale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Explore NERAM.

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Smell the roses  

Take a tour of the Saumarez Homestead, a two-storey, 30-room Edwardian mansion dating back to 1888. The original furnishings make it easy to imagine living a rather stylish 19th-century pastoral life, and when you’re finished inside you can stroll through the heritage rose garden, where more than 600 rose bushes are waiting to be admired.  

Learn some local history  

You can simply admire Armidale’s heritage-listed buildings, including its impressive cathedral and beautiful old post office, as you stroll the streets. Or you can join the Armidale City Heritage Bus Tour and hear the entertaining stories that go with them. The 2.5-hour tour has four stops around the city, including the Booloominbah mansion, where you can have lunch, a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.  

Taste local  

Get a taste for local craft beers at Great Hops Brewing Co. and The Welder's Dog, where your tasting paddle can also include pink pea-blossom lemonades and traditionally brewed farmhouse ginger beer. Try award-winning wine at Petersons Armidale Winery’s cellar door in the homestead’s old stables, a 10-minute drive out of town. Or if a good cup of tea is more your thing, head to Daily Ritual in Armidale Plaza, where the collection of 200 leaf teas includes the New England Breakfast, which won bronze at the 2017 International Tea Expo.  

Shop local  

Discover local artisans, including jewellery designers, ceramicists and candle makers, at The New England Collective in the open-air Beardy Street Mall. Meanwhile, Harry Potter and Dr Who fans need to add a visit to Granny Fi’s Toy Cupboard, also on Beardy Street, to their list. Here you can see handmade dragons, goblins, mandrakes and more being created, and when things go wrong it’s also a toy hospital.  

See the autumn colours  

Sitting almost 1,000m above sea level, Armidale experiences four distinct seasons and is famous for its autumn colours. Time your visit right and you’ll be able to see bright red, orange and gold trees in the city streets and parks. A 30-minute drive south of town, the Gostwyck Chapel is a photographer’s favourite when the elm trees are gold and the Virginia creeper covering the chapel turns red.  

Armidale also celebrates an annual Autumn Festival featuring a grand parade, live music, amusement rides and twilight markets. But whatever the season, Armidale is a picturesque country getaway waiting to be discovered. 

Saumarez Homestead, Armidale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Admire Armidale’s beautiful heritage buildings, including Saumarez Homestead.

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Saumarez Homestead, Armidale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Admire Armidale’s beautiful heritage buildings, including Saumarez Homestead.

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The Welder's Dog, Armidale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy a beer at The Welder's Dog in Armidale.

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The Welder's Dog, Armidale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy a beer at The Welder's Dog in Armidale.

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