Perched in the heart of New England High Country, Armidale is Australia’s highest city and is 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.
Reasons to fly with Qantas
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.
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 every morning at 10am. 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 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.
From the airport: Armidale Airport is ten minutes' drive from the city centre. Hire cars and taxis are available from the terminal.
In and around the city: walking is a great way to see the city centre. Armidale Radio Taxis service the city and Edwards Coaches offer services around Armidale and the wider New England region.
Disclaimer: ^ Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 value unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through qantas.com/hotelsOpens in a new tab or window, 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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Disclaimer: # You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.