Stories: Armidale

Georges Junction – A Tranquil 4WD Getaway at the Junction of Georges Creek and the Mighty Macleay River

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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...

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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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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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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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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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Exploring Tourist Drive 19

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If you find yourself in Armidale or Uralla needing to while away a few hours, Tourist Drive 19 is for you. It comprises 86km of country back roads, including 20km unsealed, and will easily fill half a day or more. You’ll need to pack walking shoes, a picnic spread, a...

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