|What to do around Armidale|
Armidale is a diverse centre offering a great range of things to do and see. Below are links to just a small sample of what is on offer. These are being updated regularly.
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HERITAGE DRIVE (25kms). A 2 hour self-drive tour of Armidale's fine architectural landmarks, museums, parks and lookouts.
HERITAGE WALK (3.2kms). A self-guided loop walk which highlights the interesting features of Armidale's city centre, including many beautiful buildings and churches.
SAUMAREZ HOMESTEAD (New England Highway (Waterfall Way) - near airport). National Trust Property. Guided and self guided tours available daily at a small charge.
BOOLOOMINBAH (at the University of New England). Built in 1888, it is a magnificent former Gentleman's Residence in the fashionable English style, housing the Gordon Window & surrounded by beautiful grounds.
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
ARMIDALE FOLK MUSEUM. Cnr Faulkner & Rusden Streets. Free admission.
NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL ART MUSEUM- NERAM (Kentucky Street). Houses the largest permanent collection outside Sydney - is a must for all art lovers.
MUSEUM OF ANTIQUITIES (Arts Building - UNE). Free Admission
ZOOLOGY MUSEUM (Department of Zoology - UNE). Free admission.
ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE & KEEPING PLACE (Kentucky Street). Craft & Aboriginal displays.
RAILWAY MUSEUM (Railway Station). Exterior display viewing anytime.
ANTIQUES AND CRAFT
ROSENEATH GALLERY. Roseneath Lane. Fine English Antiques.
RECREATION AND ATTRACTIONS
THE ARBORETUM - Kentucky Street/Uralla Road. Picnic area. Native trees and plants, a lookout and aquatic gardens
ARCHERY on Sundays at the Archery Range
ARMIDALE APEX LOOKOUT - Jeffery Street, west
BELGRAVE TWIN CINEMA - Dumaresq Street. Shows various mainstream and alternate films till late. Cafe Royale is also open late for light meals and refreshments.
CYCLING. Bikes for hire from The Armidale Bicycle Centre and the SportUNE Centre - 72 3718 or
DEER PARK (UNE) Deer and kangaroos can be viewed in an enclosed area. You can't pat or feed the animals.
DUTTON TROUT HATCHERY, Point Lookout Road,Ebor.
FISHING. There are a variety of beautiful locations around the New England area for fishing - trout, bass, etc.
HORSE RIDING TOURS There are several horse riding venues around the area.
MONTHLY MARKET Every last Sunday of the month except December. Over 150 stores.
TENPIN BOWLING AND ROLLER SKATING ( Armidale Sport & Recreation Centre, Mann Street.
SWIMMING at the outdoor Town Pool (Dumaresq Street) from October to March and indoors at SportUNE(restricted hours).
SELF-DRIVE SCENIC TOURS 5 different tours available from the Armidale Visitor's Centre.
BUSHWALKING AND SIGHTSEEING
Wollomombi Gorge Located 40 kms east of Armidale. Houses the 220 metre Wollomombi Falls. Spectacular views and gorge rim walks.
Dangars Gorge. Located 21 kms south-east of Armidale. Home to 120 metre Dangars Falls. Great long and short walks.
Gara Gorge (Blue Hole) Located 16 kms east. Site of Australia's first Hydro-Electric scheme. Great area for picnics and for children/families.
Located 85kms east of Armidale. Heritage listed 29985 ha haven for bushwalkers and siteseers. Majestic views and good walking.
CATHEDRAL ROCK Located 80 kms east of Armidale. The 360 degree view from the top of the rock is magnificent and definitely well worth the climb.
STYX RIVER STATE FOREST Located 60 kms east of Armidale. Alpine forest, rugged escarpments and fast flowing rivers. Good 4wd tracks.
MOUNT YARROWYCK NATURE RESERVE 27 kms west of Armidale. Significant landmark of Aboriginal Cultural heritage. Includes a short 3 km walk to the sites.
DUMARESQ DAM 15 kms north west of Armidale. Great for families and picnics. There is an easy walk around the dam which is relatively flat.
DANGARS LAGOON 27 kms south of Armidale. A lagoon filled with an abundance of birdlife, viewed from a bird hide.
Armidale has over 50 places for eating - visit the Armidale Food Guide for your choice of eating out in a variety of different venues or finding locations to purchase the food you wish to cook for yourself.