Whether you’re travelling through the Armidale region by car, motorcycle, or caravan/RV, our brochures, maps and guides available online here or in person at our Visitor Information Centres are great resources for experiencing the region.
If you only have time to explore one scenic drive, Tourist Drive 17 is named the Best of the New England for a reason. From Armidale, Tourist Drive 17 winds along the picturesque Waterfall Way and through World Heritage-listed national parks to the most spectacular gorges, waterfalls, crystal clear streams and views in the region. Highlights of this expedition include Gara Gorge and Wollomombi Falls in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Point Lookout in the New England National Park, massive boulders in the Cathedral Rock National Park and Ebor Falls. You also pass through the once thriving mining towns of Hillgrove and Metz, visit a trout hatchery and explore the picturesque town of Guyra before returning to Armidale.
Tourist Drive 19 has something for everyone, including the New England Regional Art Museum, The Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Petersons Winery and Dangars Gorge before continuing onto the lovely little town, Uralla. Before returning to Armidale, it is highly recommended to visit McCrossins Mill Museum and the lovely boutiques that line Uralla’s main street.
The Aboriginal and Cultural Heritage Drive will take you west towards Mount Yarrowyck where a 3km return walk will lead you to an Aboriginal Art Site. The paintings are located under the overhang created by a group of massive granite boulders. This important landmark of the Anaiwan people has been preserved and open for public visits. This drive will loop via the gold fields of Rocky River and onto Uralla. On your return to Armidale, follow the signs to Saumarez Homestead for a tour of this magnificent National Trust home.
The 191 kilometre Waterfall Way is one of the world’s most scenic drives. The road winds down from Armidale on the New England Tablelands the Pacific Highway near Coffs Harbour . This breathtaking journey is the perfect way to experience the diversity of the changing landscape of the Great Dividing Range from the wide open plains of New England winding down through lush tropical rainforest to the pristine coastal beaches. The drive also provides the perfect opportunity to explore Wollomombi Falls, New England National Park, Cathedral Rock National Park, Ebor Falls and Dorrigo National Park. Along the way you won’t be able to resist stopping at the pretty bohemian towns of Dorrigo and Bellingen renowned for their quality arts and crafts and great cafe’s