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National Parks near Armidale

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Cathedral Rock Wollomombi Falls

New England National Park


Long Point, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

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Less than two hours drive from Armidale along sealed roads is the spectacular gorge country of the New England National Park. Included in the World Heritage List it offers views of magnificent unspoilt wilderness as far as the eye can see. The Oxley Wild Rivers National Park (only 20 minutes drive), with its breathtaking panoramas, is home to rare and endangered plant species, as well as an extensive variety of other plant, bird and animal life. Both cater for easy walks to spectacular lookouts as well as providing more testing treks. At Dangars Lagoon, a wetland reserve close to Uralla, water birds can be viewed from a hide. The vast, secluded Guy Fawkes National Park offers the sights and sounds of the Ebor Falls, grey kangaroos, wallaroos, wallabies and potoroos. Cathedral Rock National Park and the Dorrigo National Park are located in rugged but romantic country and offer a range of walks from 15 minute strolls to endurance expeditions that can take 2 or 3 days. A 200 kilometre drive along Waterfall Way from Armidale to the sunlit beaches at the coast provides a unique opportunity for viewing scenery ranging from mountain rainforests to coastal dunes in all their natural splendour.


Aboriginal Sites

Armidale has been home to the Anaiwan aboriginal people for some 10,000 years. It was also a meeting place for the Dangaddi (Thungutti), Gumbainggari and Baanbai  tribes and an aboriginal painting site can be viewed on the slopes of Mount Yarrowyck 30 kilometres west of Armidale. The Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place houses a collection of artefacts that are the envy of other country regions as well as archival photographs and displays which open the visitor's eyes to the lifestyles, history, art and lore of the original Australians.

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