Armidale Things to Do

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    Find Smith House

    by wise23girl Updated Dec 28, 2012

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    Armidale..Northern N.S.W

    So if you are interested in old historical buildings do find Smith House.It is just across from Central Park and was once part of the Armidale College of Advanced Education campus. It was where I came for Summer School for my nursing education diploma studies.

    Nowadays the college is incorporated with the Armidale University.

    So Smith House as a lot of memories for me...one forever etched into my memory is the word 'unisex'....we had unisex bathrooms for the first time in my life and this is where the hairy arm came over the divider offering soap. (It was the husband of another student and he thought I was his wife)

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    A Walk in Central Park

    by wise23girl Updated Jan 17, 2012

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    Armidale Northern NSW

    There are beautiful trees and gardens in Armidale and I am sure you will love the park. It is quite close to the CBD and just opposite Smith House.

    I noticed a sign for a heritage walk but as I had only a few minutes before we set off on the next leg of our journey home I missed that. Next time!

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    The devil is in the detail

    by iandsmith Updated Dec 2, 2010

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    Pretty, but cheap

    Well, not sure about the devil but, after going to Europe a few times I've started to look around Australia with a more practised eye than previously and the influences of the Old World are evident everywhere.
    This particular pilaster is on a bank at the end of the Eastern Mall and its attempt at cheap neo-classical reproduction is clearly evident.

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    Booloominbah

    by Intrepidduck Updated Dec 3, 2006
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    The one main reason to come to Armidale is to visit Booloominbah. The former home of pastorialist Frederick Robert White was designed by Horbury Hunt and completed in 1888. A real gentleman's residence in the fashionable English style, Booloominbah was unique for Australia at the time and a real break away from the Italianate Victorian venacular so common in the boom years of the 1880s. One of the most important features of this grand residence is the north facing "Gordon Window" - it a tribute to life and work of General Gordon. The window was commissioned around 1900 and made by London firm Lavers, Barraud and Westlake.

    While there are guided tours of Booloominbah for a small fee, parts of the ground floor of the house are freely open to the public, where there is a cafe / restaurant.

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    Armidale Self Guided Heritage Walk

    by Intrepidduck Written Dec 3, 2006

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    St Peters Anglican Cathedral

    An excellent brochure is handed out at the friendly Visitors Info Centre. Also there are free guided tours by mini-bus around the city - daily. Bookings are essential to get a seat, as the tours are limited to about 20 passengers.

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    A country walk

    by iandsmith Written Nov 6, 2006

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    I often stay at a rural property in the Armidale area and one of the joys of such experiences is going for a walk and soaking up the atmosphere.
    There's so much to see even in a small stroll, such as you see here.
    I came across country landscapes, pretty flowers and wildlife, particularly birds of whom over 90 species have been listed here, the most notable being the dollar bird.

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    A walk in the park

    by iandsmith Written Mar 15, 2005

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    A place to relax

    In keeping with the English look and traditions of Armidale there are many parks and gardens to enrich the landscape.
    This scene is from the Drummond Memorial Park that sits astride the hill on the northern side of town. It's a large expanse of lawn with a frame of various trees around it and affords pleasant views over the town below.

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    On the Salisbury Trail

    by iandsmith Updated Mar 15, 2005

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    Drenched and dripping

    One has to bear in mind that not all days are diamonds. Just in case you routinely think that I disrobe as a matter of course on every hike I take, bear in mind that, when this photo was taken, every item of my clothing was totally saturated due to the half hour of rain I had just endured.
    To avoid hypothermia I took my sodden shirt off but I wanted to get a shot of some of the places and the fact that I was actually there...........no matter how ugly it might look!
    Imagine then the surprise of half a dozen Japanese tourists ten minutes later as I approached them while they were on the main lookout. Though I'm not fluent in Japanese (let's be honest, I know nothing), I'm sure they were saying, "Wow, check out that cool Aussie dude", or words to that effect.

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    Wollomombi Falls

    by iandsmith Updated Mar 6, 2005

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    Long way to the bottom
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    It's one of Australia's highest waterfalls and it's readily accessible off the aptly named Waterfall Way about 30 kilometres east of Armidale.
    There are picnic facilities and water here and there is a small village nearby (but not on site) should you need anything else.
    It is controlled by the National Parks and Wildlife so you can get your detailed information by contacting them in Armidale.
    What you see here is the Chandler Gorge that has been cut but the Chandler Falls and the Wollomombi.
    The official drop of Wollomombi is 220 metres which makes it second only to Wallaman Falls in Queensland and, though the overall drop is more than 220, it's just that they don't count the more gently sloping cascades that lead into the main falls.
    This photo shows the "island" where the two gorges intersect.

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    Hanna's Arcade

    by iandsmith Updated Mar 6, 2005

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    A modern use of an old art

    If there's one thing I think is underutilized in modern architecture, it's stained glass. I love the way colours shine as the sun's rays highlight the rich tapestry of hues intertwined on a window.
    Thus it gives me pleasure to feature this relatively modern example (1992) of the art in Hanna's Arcade in the East Mall of Armidale.
    Inside the arcade are up-market clothing stores, pharmaceuticals and a restaurant with nice ambience.

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    Alternatives

    by iandsmith Updated Mar 6, 2005

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    Attractive verandahs

    One other feature of architecture in Australia is wrought iron verandahs. Popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s they have endured to the point that they are almost all heritage listed and the majority of them appear on old hotels, as shown here on the Imperial Hotel, the far building in the picture, and also on the old Pastoral Chamber (1906) in the foreground.
    The two-storey brick and stucco Imperial Hotel (1889) is Armidale's oldest surviving hotel and it features extensive cast-iron friezework on the verandahs, bull nosed awnings and extravagant parapets decorated with Grecian urns and pediments on arches.
    Inside, some of the old opulance of Victorian times has been retained.

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    What buildings?

    by iandsmith Updated Mar 6, 2005

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    Nice place for a letter posting

    When in historical towns in Australia, if you're searching for architecture, a good place to start is one of the following categories: Post Office, Catholic institutions, court house and banks. These tend to be the more notable and the post office at Armidale in the Beardy Street Mall is no exception.
    On the south-western corner is the two-storey brick and stucco post office (1880) origianlly designed by James Barnet with the addition of a balcony and colonnade in 1897 by W.L. Vernon.

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    And, speaking of alternatives

    by iandsmith Updated Mar 6, 2005

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    Gotta love that name!

    Inner Path Natural Therapies Clinic Smith House Australia. ... Natural Secrets to Healing, Prevention, and Longevity. ...
    So goes the blurb. If you're into that sort of thing, this could be the place you're looking for.
    For details, contact the Tourist Information Centre.

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    Mihi Falls

    by iandsmith Updated Jan 30, 2005

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    Three falls in one

    The second intersection you come to indicates that you can turn right to Mihi (rhymes with kneehigh) Falls or left to Salisbury Waters. This day I headed for Salisbury Waters but it doesn't mean you get to miss Mihi altogether. There are a couple of gaps in the trees along the ridge top where you can view the cascades, albeit from a distance, and watch their relentless plunge through the tough granite, ultimately winning the battle over eons of time to create wonderful natural spectacles such as these. If you blow the picture up you can see the falls in three places.

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    Dangars Falls

    by iandsmith Updated Jan 30, 2005

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    You can do the climbing, I'll just take pics!

    This is one of the three most popular falls in one of Australia's great national parks. The other two are Apsley and Wollomombi, covered in my "off the beaten path" pages.
    Though magnificent by any standards the downside to this park is that it's not on the Pacific Highway. Were it so there would be ten times the number of tourists I suspect.
    Never mind, I like it the way it is!
    This is a fair flow over the cascade; it normally is considerably less but, if you're in the area frequently, you can time your visit accordingly.
    Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is huge. Larger than a number of European countries. It covers 92,926 hectares. More than 500kms of rivers flow down its gorges. You could literally walk for days through this area and never see or hear a human being.
    Dangars however, is quite popular. Easy drive (9 kms of dirt at the end) and picnic tables and barbecues plus easy access to the best views make it so.
    The vast majority leave it at that. However, trails go on to Mihi Falls, Sarum Lookout and Salisbury Waters. Imagine rolling plains then, suddenly, there's a canyon carved into the granite over aeons of time right before you. That's what its like at Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.
    How far down? It's officially listed as 394 feet.

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