Gara Gorge, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Armidale
Gara Gorge, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Armidale

Armidale

Perched in the heart of New England High Country, Armidale is Australia's highest city and best known for its picturesque natural beauty, heritage architecture and surrounding national parks. It's also the perfect entry point for a driving tour of the scenic gorges and waterfalls of Waterfall Way, NSW.

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Whether you're in town for the warm summer sun, winter days by an open fire or the vibrant autumn colours, you're sure to be captivated by the relaxing charm of this historic New South Wales city. With natural beauty, history and culture waiting to be explored, it's easy to find great deal for your accommodation for a holiday or weekend away.

Centrally located in town, you'll find comfortable motels and inns within walking distance to the city's cafes, shops, gardens and museums. If you prefer to stay in boutique accommodation or a guesthouse, there's a range of elegantly appointed and fully-self-contained cottages just perfect for couples.

Corporate travellers, families and groups may prefer to choose to stay in an apartment with kitchen facilities and the comfort of more space. Friends away for a weekend can look no further than a cosy farm-style bed and breakfast on acreage just out of town. Around town you'll also find a range of pet-friendly accommodation, campsites and holiday parks. Whatever your holiday style, the New England High Country has plenty to offer.

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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. Boasting a locally-grown food scene, buzzing university culture and some of the best cool climate vineyards in the NSW, there’s something for everyone in Armidale.

First-timers may wish to explore the city’s heritage on the Armidale Heritage Bus Tour - a two hour experience departing the Visitor Information Centre. You'll be taken on a journey through the city’s history, gardens, churches and museums and stop at highlights along the way, such as the Folk Museum, The Aboriginal Cultural Centre or the New England Regional Art Museum.

If you love to indulge in local produce, visit during the Armidale Autumn Festival to discover regional food, wine and entertainment. While in the area, sample the cool climate wines at Peterson’s Winery cellar door, and if you’re visiting over the weekend they also offer a fantastic lunch menu featuring seasonal flavours.

The World Heritage-listed national parks and waterfalls along Waterfall Way are perfect for those seeking outdoor activities with walking trails, viewing platforms and serene picnic hideaways waiting to be discovered. For a slower place, take a step back in time with a tour of the heritage-listed Saumarez Homestead - a 30 room Edwardian mansion now managed by the National Trust.

Credit: Armidale Regional Council.

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Disclaimer: ^ Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 value unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through qantas.com/hotels, except Classic Hotel Rewards and Airbnb bookings. Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable).  

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