Sport and Adventure in Armidale
Sport is an integral part of life in Armidale. From rugby matches, mountain biking and all sorts of competitive and adventurous pursuits to leisurely games of golf and tennis, there’s something for everyone.
SportUNE, the University of New England’s state-of-the-art facilities including a gym, climbing wall, pool, playing ﬁelds and tennis and squash courts, is open to visitors and the wider community seven days a week. The international standard Mountain bike tracks will host the World Endurance Mountain Bike events (WEMBO) in 2023.
Experience feature attractions
Dumaresq Dam Reserve
Mountain Bike Trails Armidale
Deano’s Smoked Trout Farm “Ardrossan”
New England Wilderness Walk
Tourist Drive 17
Tourist Drive 19
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Georges Junction – A Tranquil 4WD Getaway at the Junction of Georges Creek and the Mighty Macleay River
Happily lose your perspective on the grassy banks of NSW’s Georges Junction: only 4WDers need apply. At the base of the Great Dividing Range, 80 km east of Armidale and 90km west of Kempsey – home to the Akubra and near Nulla Nulla where Slim Dusty was born – lies…Read story titled Georges Junction – A Tranquil 4WD Getaway at the Junction of Georges Creek and the Mighty Macleay River
Taking the High Road
Over the past year, COVID lockdowns have restricted the way we travel and the way we interact, depriving us of the simple things we often take for granted. Things like catching up with mates or being able to jump in the car and go for a long drive. Now, the…Read story titled Taking the High Road
Dunmore Trout Farm
I’ve been fishing for all my life. Growing up in North Queensland with an abundance of estuaries and inshore reefs at my doorstep, it was hard not to develop an interest in casting a line now and then. Added to this, my dad and uncle also didn’t mind drowning a…Read story titled Dunmore Trout Farm
Natural Wonders & Gorgeous Gorges in New England High Country
Imagine a place where you can climb giant granite rock formations, stroll through rainforests, encounter rare wildlife, watch powerful waterfalls, camp in the wilderness, paddle wild rivers and take in breathtaking views from one of the tallest points of the Great Dividing Range. This is all part of the New…Read story titled Natural Wonders & Gorgeous Gorges in New England High Country
Exploring National Parks around Armidale
In the depths of winter, mist can drape New England National Park like a chiffon veil, settling silently in the valleys and lingering for hours. Moss-covered Antarctic beech, which have thrived on the Great Dividing Range for aeons, assume a ghostly appearance on such mornings – and deep within the…Read story titled Exploring National Parks around Armidale
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Seasonal cricket, football, netball, rugby and tennis are popular with all ages, with competition games typically held on Saturdays and casual games on the go at other times.
The local hockey competition attracts a crowd of young (and older) players who, even during extreme winter conditions, such as sleet and driving rain, play on thanks to the campus’ top-notch synthetic ﬁelds.
You don’t have to be Tiger Woods to tee off at the picturesque golf courses in Armidale and Guyra and on a glorious day there’s really no better place for a visiting golf enthusiast to be. At the Armidale Golf Club, for instance, everyone is welcome to play social or competition rounds on the magnificent 18-hole championship course surrounded by native bushland. This course, with 25 bunkers protecting the greens, is a challenge for all golfers. The Guyra 18 hole course is set around the Mother of Ducks Lagoon, a nature reserve for migrating birds, quite a spectacular backdrop for this scenic golf course.
Out in the gorges and national parks, hiking, rock climbing and abseiling expeditions range from easy to difficult, and kayaking down the rivers can be a wild ride, particularly after heavy rains. If calmer waters are more your thing, then you’ll find Dumaresq Dam is a peaceful spot to paddle, or head to Malpas Dam, home to the New England Sailing Club and where locals race sailboats on Sundays during summer.