"Armidale - a centre for learning and gorges" Armidale by iandsmith

Armidale Travel Guide: 99 reviews and 265 photos

Armidale and the gorge country

Situated in the middle of the New England Range Armidale has a lot to offer tourists though, until fairly recently, most people just breezed through, blissfully unaware of the attractions that lay both in the town and nearby.
Noted for its finishing schools and university that have kept the town vibrant while other rural towns have declined, it also offers some of Australia's best natural attractions, generally labelled "The Gorge Country". The Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, larger than some European countries, is a plateau that has been dramatically eroded over millions of years until today there are many places on the escarpment where you can gaze into the serene wilderness to the Macleay River catchment far below. Some of the waterfalls are among the longest drops in Australia, notably Wollomombi and Chandler.
It is an area that offers excellent bushwalking for the dedicated hiker but, for the more leisurely you can stay at one of the many farm stays in the area and perhaps go for a horse ride.
The town itself has generous plantings of deciduous trees so autumn is always a colourful time to visit.
My job allows me to spend some time in the area yet I feel I have hardly scratched the surface of what it has to offer - but I'm working on it!

The afterglow

Oh, and did I mention, it's a nice place for sunsets as well......

Dangars Falls

......Not to mention waterfalls

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Heaps to see, great bushwalks, lots of accommodation
  • Cons:Can get cold in winter
  • In a nutshell:More than just a stop between Sydney and Brisbane
  • Last visit to Armidale: Dec 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2006 at 5:57 PM

    A great page, very detailed info!

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2006 at 2:43 AM

    The landscape here is so fascinating!!! Every time I read one of these pages of yours, you make me want to jump on a plane to see it with my own eyes! For me this landscape looks so unreal and beautiful! Thanks Ian for sharing it here on VT :-)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2004 at 10:43 AM

    Captivating architecture of the home you photographed. I admire your insight into the "spirit" of each small place you visit. Such vibrant colors, even if they are from the 1980's!

  • unravelau's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2004 at 12:58 PM

    Armidale colours are fantastic.....I can support the claim having stayed so many times at the University there....and yes.....snowed once too. From there to Tamworth gives a lovelier display in Autumn though I think. Great page Ian, thank you.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2004 at 3:51 PM

    Wonderful colours ff autumn there!

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