Things to See and Do

Near Armidale, New South Wales, Australia

Armidale - The capital of New England. What’s so appealing about Armidale is that it’s a cosmopolitan and sophisticated urban center located in a picturesque rural setting on the doorstep of some of the most scenic national parks in Australia. This means that it ticks a lot of boxes as a perfect change of scene for jaded city slickers from larger metropolises and anyone seeking a serene but interesting…

Armidale - The capital of New England. What’s so appealing about Armidale is that it’s a cosmopolitan and sophisticated urban center located in a picturesque rural setting on the doorstep of some of the most scenic national parks in Australia. This means that it ticks a lot of boxes as a perfect change of scene for jaded city slickers from larger metropolises and anyone seeking a serene but interesting place to unwind. Whether you are travelling to Armidale for an event of a just passing through the BIG4 Armidale Highlander Van Village has the accomodation option to suit your budget.

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New England National Park
The Great Escarpment is the significant landscape feature of this expansive and diverse park that links the New England Tablelands with the hinterland of the North Coast. Perched atop these dramatic basalt cliffs, Point Lookout provides breathtaking views over the Bellinger, Nambucca and Macleay river valleys.

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area features rare dry rainforest, dramatic gorges and waterfalls, extensive wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers and an amazing array of wildlife. It's best explored as a scenic drive along the Waterfall Way external link. Explore the Apsley Macleay Gorges, one of Australia’s largest gorge systems with incredible ridge top views.

Petersons Wines
Petersons Wines have been producing quality wines for wine lovers since 1981. Not much has changed since then - except we now produce a larger range of award winning wines. We would love for you to join us at any of our picturesque backdrops to laugh, relax, unwind, imbibe.

Toppers Wines
Our vineyard is just north of Tingha (near Armidale) on the spine of the Great Dividing Range in northern NSW. We are on the western edge of the New England Tablelands at an altitude of 900m above sea level. The vines have their roots deeply immersed in the beautiful, deep, red volcanic soils high above the valleys of the MacIntyre & Gwydir Rivers.

New England Regional Art Museum
The New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) is a living museum of national significance located in Armidale in the heart of the New England North West region of New South Wales. NERAM contributes substantially to the economic, social and cultural fabric of Armidale and is enjoyed by more than 37,000 visitors annually.

Walcha Gallery of Art
Walcha Gallery of Art is a space in the heart of Walcha that showcases a collection of work by local and non-local artists. The Gallery’s philosophy is to establish a space dedicated to good design – a place for artists to exhibit in a contemporary setting and sell their works to local and travelling clientele.

New England Mountain Biking
New England Mountain Bikers Inc are a enthusiastic group of mountain bikers based on the New England Tablelands of North West NSW Australia. We hold regular races and social rides and frequently travel away as a club to nearby and far off events. We have a dedicated trail advocacy team who work with local land managers to develop sustainable trails for recreational use.

Armidale Golf Club
Welcome to the Armidale Golf Club. We provide regular professional competitions as well as social golf. You can also consider us for your conference, wedding or any social event.

Captain Thunderbolt
Born in the early to mid 1830s, Frederick Wordsworth Ward, otherwise known as Captain Thunderbolt, was a hardworking bushranger. His extensive crime record states he robbed: 25 mail coaches;16 stations and residences; six hawkers; one toll-bar gate and stole 80 horses. In 1856, he was sentenced to 10 years hard labour and taken to Cockatoo Island Prison, Sydney Harbour, but escaped with fellow prisoner Fred Britton.

Saumarez Homestead
Stunning historic country homestead with gardens, farm buildings and a cafe giving you an insight into rural life in the 1800's. Available to the public for tours, weddings, functions and events.

Local Events

Walcha Golden Gate Rodeo
from 10 January, 2015 to 10 January, 2015
The success of the Walcha Rodeo has meant that it has continued to run over 49 years. It has a magnificent display of cowboy skills, bull riding, rodeo, buck jumping and camp drafting. There is a barbecue and a bar that is open all day, snacks are available and side show events also to entertain.

Minerama Fossicking, Gem Show and Jewellery Show
from 13 March, 2015 to 15 March, 2015
Minerama is run by a voluntary community committee with the aim of fostering all facets of the lapidary hobby. Well over 50 traders come to Minerama each year, with the larger commercial traders taking up space in the auditorium of the Glen Innes and District Services Club and the smaller hobby traders setting up outside, flowing into King George Oval.

Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth
from 15 January, 2016 to 24 January, 2016
All roads lead to Tamworth in January for the annual Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth from Friday 16 January to Sunday 25 January 2015. It's Australia's largest music festival and rated in the top 10 in the world. The variety of country music is endless during the festival with over 4,000 different performances or gigs in 80 different venues, 800 performers across 10 big days!

Bavarian Music Festival and Beerfest
from 05 March, 2015 to 07 March, 2015
A week of musical entertainment provided by members direct from the Allgau' region of Bavaria. Enjoy traditional music throughout the week at various venues culminating with a traditional Beerfest event with fine German fare and German beers.

Moree Twilight Christmas Races
from 20 December, 2014 to 20 December, 2014
Finish off the year with joyous festivities and a great night at the races with family and friends! Enjoy a fantastic day out at the popular Moree Twilight Christmas Race featuring live races on track.

Narrabri Show
from 26 April, 2015 to 27 April, 2015
Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Narrabri Show features horse events, wood chopping, cooking, photography, crafts, sideshows, fireworks trotting, showjumping, harness and draught horse events, ute competition, barbecue, Narrabri's Got Talent, a bar, and Young Farmers Challenge. The Ladies Auxillary run a kitchen to keep your hunger pangs at bay.

Armidale Autumn Festival
from 13 March, 2015 to 16 March, 2015
The Armidale Autumn Festival weekend is a great weekend for visitors to get a taste of the community spirit and everything Armidale stands for. Armidale looks its best in Autumn, especially with the corridors of trees changing colours. Enjoy the atmosphere of the parade and relaxing down at the Creeklands for the afternoon, having a shop, enjoying the food and listening to music.

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