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Walk with Soundtrails

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We’re excited to announce that visitors and locals can now experience four new nature Soundtrails in New England High Country’s national parks, adding to the region’s five existing Soundtrails. Delivered through the Soundtrails mobile app, utilising GPS tracking technology, this immersive audio experience triggers stories on location, connecting listeners emotionally...

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Taking the High Road

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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...

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Warrabah National Park

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If it’s an adventure the whole family can enjoy, look no further than Warrabah National Park. Well known by locals, but relatively unheard of by the general population, Warrabah National Park is a playground for those who love the great outdoors. The 6 hour journey from Sydney may test the...

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Fusspots at Ebor – Explore the Waterfall Way

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One of the most spectacular waterfalls along the aptly named Waterfall Way is Ebor Falls, the majestic falls are adjacent to the tiny town of the same name, Ebor. Fusspots at Ebor is a sweet, family-friendly café offering a classic lineup of sandwiches, salads and light meals, plus a kids’...

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New England Regional Art Museum – NERAM

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The Howard Hinton Collection at the New England Regional Art Museum is the result of one of the greatest acts of artistic philanthropy and benefaction in Australian history. Between 1928 and 1948 a collection of over 1000 artworks by leading Australian artists were donated to the newly constructed Armidale Teachers’...

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History and Heritage in New England High Country

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With a name like New England, it comes as little surprise this cool-climate region was a strong drawcard for early European explorers, who sought to make their livelihood from the fertile high plains. Setting up Camp In 1818, English explorer John Oxley ascended the ranges around the present day Walcha...

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Dunmore Trout Farm

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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...

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Loloma Bed & Breakfast, Armidale

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There are some places where attention to detail really sets them apart. Loloma Bed and Breakfast in Armidale, is certainly one of those places. Rhonda Morris has been running the boutique accommodation since the beginning of 2017 and the moment she greets you at the front door and you glimpse...

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An Under 25s’ Guide to Armidale

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New England’s top 10 activities for the young and adventurous. With natural wonders, unique galleries and gourmet food abound, there’s no shortage of things to do in New England. Throw a tent and a sleeping bag in the car or 4WD and explore the region’s stunning national parks, including the...

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12 Bucket-List Adventures in New England High Country

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1. Fly over the spectacular gorge country in a WWII-era Warbird plane Adrenalin junkies, history buffs and aviation nerds alike will love taking in the scenery of New England’s national parks from a WWII-era fighter plane.  2. Hike the Green Gully Track A five night trek through Oxley Wild Rivers...

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9 Top Spots on Joan’s New England High Country Tour

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From vineyard restaurants to fascinating museums right through to immense waterfalls, New England High Country has it all. Here are just some of the fabulous discoveries Joan made on her tour through this picturesque region. 1. Wollomombi Falls For anyone heading through New England High Country, Waterfall Way is a...

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Natural Wonders & Gorgeous Gorges in New England High Country

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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...

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Arts and Culture in Armidale

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Both classical and contemporary music contribute enormously to Armidale’s cultural vibrancy. The old Teachers College is home to the New England Conservatorium and the University of New England’s distinguished Department of Music, which nurture the Armidale Symphony Orchestra, Armidale Youth Orchestra, Fiori Musicali and many other choral and musical groups....

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Petersons Guesthouse and Winery, Armidale

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Meander 10 minutes south of Armidale on Dangarsleigh Road and you’ll arrive at a long, tree-lined driveway whose reverence hints at the grand residence atop the hill.  The 100-year-old homestead emerges from the trees as you follow the circular driveway up to the stately porte cochere and step out onto...

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Exploring Waterfalls in New England High Country

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The Waterfall Way is one of the main arteries into New England from the east, and it’s aptly named. Weaving through a number of the high country’s world-class national parks, this road promises to defy the advice of 90s pop culture and instead go chasing waterfalls. Here’s our pick of...

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Exploring National Parks around Armidale

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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...

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Escape to Guyra

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The delightful country town of Guyra is located 1330m above sea level on the Northern Tablelands of the Great Dividing Range. There’s a range of places to stay, from pretty campsites, caravan parks and riverside cabins to comfy motels, bed and breakfasts and farmstays. Bushwalking, rock climbing, kayaking, fishing, birdwatching,...

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Experience a Scenic Gorge Flight

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For an exhilarating ride soaring through nature, the gorges surrounding Armidale are best experienced by helicopter.  My heart skips a beat as we descend into a gaping chasm in the earth; Dangars Gorge, whose sheer cliffs guard a lush, meandering valley below. Far below, as the butterflies in my stomach...

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Luxury Touring in New England High Country

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Vineyards – up there?” “Sure, plenty of them, and that’s where you’ll be staying each night.” Just saying the word ‘vineyard’ means I’m a shot dog, but there were plenty of other reasons why I was interested in this trip. I have a long history with Armidale, including some years...

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8 Best Motorcycle Trips of New England High Country

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1. Oxley Highway Arguably Australia’s most iconic motorcycling road, the Oxley Highway runs from the coast at Port Macquarie to Walcha and then through to Tamworth.This stretch of road snakes through a variety of landscapes, from rainforest to vast open farmland, offering some truly beautiful scenery. 2. Waterfall Way There...

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