The ARMIDALE and NEW ENGLAND region boasts spectacular waterfalls, gorges, world-heritage national parks, cool-climate vineyards and a fascinating and diverse cultural heritage. Canyoning, mountain biking, birdwatching, trout fishing and other outdoor adventures take on an exciting new dimension up high. You’ll be delighted all over again when you come inside to discover our galleries, museums, fine food and wine. What’s so appealing about Armidale is that it’s a cosmopolitan and sophisticated urban centre located in a picturesque rural setting on the doorstep of some of the most scenic national parks in Australia. This means that it ticks a lot of boxes as a perfect change of scene for jaded city slickers from larger metropolises and anyone seeking a serene but interesting place to unwind.
For more information on the local Armidale region visit http://www.armidaletourism.com.au/
NERAM is a leading cultural and arts tourism destination in regional Australia, and home to one of the nation’s most significant art collections outside the capital cities, holding a collection of over 5000 works of historical, modern and contemporary art. NERAM presents a dynamic program of exhibitions, educational and public events. The gallery opened its doors in 1983 as a purpose-built art gallery for the Howard Hinton Collection of some 1,300 artworks donated to the Armidale Teachers’ College by Howard Hinton ESQ, OBE between 1929 and 1948. This Museum is home to six gallery spaces, the Museum of Printing, The Packsaddle Artist Studio and Residence and the NERAM shop. Visit https://www.neram.com.au/
UNE was formed in 1938 as the New England University College, a College of the University of Sydney. The University became fully independent in 1954 and pioneered teaching to external students by correspondence, making UNE Australia's most experienced provider of distance and now online education. UNE offers more than 200 courses at undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and higher degree research levels with options to study online or on campus. Visit https://www.une.edu.au/
OXLEY WILD RIVERS NATIONAL PARK, near Armidale, spoils you with World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforest, historic sites, and magnificent waterfalls. It’s perfect for walking, camping and fishing and features rare dry rainforest, dramatic gorges and waterfalls, extensive wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers and an amazing array of wildlife. Visit https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/oxley-wild-rivers-national-park