Armidale Travel Guide

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    Steep dropoff beside the lookout
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Armidale Things to Do

  • Find Smith House

    Armidale..Northern N.S.WSo 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...

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  • A Walk in Central Park

    Armidale Northern NSWThere 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

    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

    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...

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  • Armidale Self Guided Heritage Walk

    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

    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...

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  • A walk in the park

    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

    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...

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  • Wollomombi Falls

    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...

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  • Hanna's Arcade

    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...

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  • Alternatives

    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)...

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  • What buildings?

    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...

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  • More of the same

    This is the eastern end of Smith House, part of which is accommodation in addition to the therapeutical side of things.

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  • And, speaking of alternatives

    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

    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...

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  • Dangars Falls

    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...

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  • My favourite anteater

    It was about the time I passed the turnoff to Sarum Lookout that I heard, then spotted, an echidna. If you wish to see one on your visit to Australia, this is probably one of the best places.I've never walked deep into here yet without seeing one and, the time before, I saw four of them. For one reason or another, these creatures fascinate me. They...

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  • Salisbury Waters

    For the first hour and a quarter, the terrain is midly undulating and presents no difficulty. You will see some kangaroos (eastern greys predominate) and some of them have become quite accustomed to humans and don't spook readily which is good if you want to take your first kangaroo pic. Be warned, grey on a grey background doesn't make for a good...

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  • Through the bush

    When you get to Dangars Falls to do your tourist thing, you may well stop and view the explanatory trail map that the National Parks and Wildlife Service have put on a display board, along with lots of other interesting information. This map will indicate there are more things to see than simply one set of falls, though the majority of tourists...

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  • The architecture

    Armidale has some wonderful buildings. Certain schools and university buildings spring readily to mind but, if I had to live there, this would be my choice of residence.Currently owned by a doctor, this lovely balanced piece of work is in Brown Street.

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  • The railway is the safe way

    Wonderful what a brilliant Australian sky (and a polarizing filter) can do to highlight a makeover.This is Armidale Railway Station, rather obviously recently refurbished when this shot was taken.Part of the station is no longer needed due to modern work practices and so the left hand side of it is now a doll museum.That reminded me that places...

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Armidale Restaurants

  • Breakfast for sure

    Armidale.. Northern New South WalesThis is a great spot for breakfast. We enjoyed our eggs and the works but this time found the coffee a little bitter.The surrounds are very pleasant...there are outside tables and a couch inside if it is a bit chilly in the morning. and it is not far to the paper shop which is very important to some people.

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  • Cafe Culture

    If you miss the atmosphere of a busy city cafe then this is where it is at in Armidale. This establishment is closed on a Sunday, but is open early other days. The coffee and chocolate croissants are the best in New England.

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  • Coffee with class

    In the tradition of the great coffee houses of Europe this is indeed a rare find in provincial Australia. The cafe is of course a new addition to this former residence, but in harmony to the building's architectural interior. A wonderful place to relax at in the club lounges. Excellent coffee.

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Armidale Nightlife

  • by madbyatch Written May 24, 2010

    Most of the year(during university times) armidale is populated mainly by people aged 18-25 which makes is a fun, welcoming and young place to go out in. Armidale has 'designated' places to attend each night, depending on your taste. Sundays-Sunday drinking sessions are held at the Wicklow, good for live music in the summer with an open, friendly atmostophere and beer garden. Mondays-With most uni students in studying, this night is generally reserved for quiet dinners, the best meals in town are at the railway hotel and the imperial, with the imperial being better value for money. Tuesdays- Tattersals in the mall goes off, with Robb college making a ruckus here every tuesday night. Wednesdays - The Uni Bistro is the place to go, with popular dance music and a young, vibrant, keen drinking crowd of uni students. Thursdays-Depending on your preferences, The Royal hotel(a little bit quieter and a fair bit more local) or The Kilda(Albies designated pub, with pool tables, a dance floor and plenty of seating) Fridays- The Whitebull hotel is the Classiest venue in armidale, with good, clean facilities, a dance floor and a friendly vibe, its the only place to be on a friday night besides your house parties(Hint- Dont *** the boucer off here, Roger has a reputation for enforcing lifetime bans on the spot, and get here before 11pm, with lockout at 12.30, the line can get very long) Saturdays- The New England has an ample dancefloor and DJ every saturday night, it has a large balcony for smokers and up to three operating bars, a young crowd though, so often a tamer crowd can be found at the Whitebull on a saturday also.

    Dress Code: No thongs or singlets at the whitebull or newy... heavily intoxicated people will not be allowed on any premices in armidale. Bring a local uni student with you to the bistro(the stro) as they will need to sign you in past the door.

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Armidale Shopping

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    by wise23girl Updated Apr 12, 2014

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    2014...After 20 years of trading The Stables has closed it's doors. NO MORE STABLES.

    Well there is really such an array of unusual gifts you really cannot pass this double storey little place by. I even saw a horse in the upper window as I was taking a photo so do not be surprised at what you find. No it was not a real live horse.

    But you will enjoy not only the array of gifts but also the decor.

    The Stables

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Armidale Off The Beaten Path

  • Cathedral Rocks National Park

    I have no idea how long it has been since I last visited this park but, since I was involved in a project that required photos of the area, I decided to go again.Early 2014 was a dry time just a few kilometres west but, just a few kilometres east, though it had also been dry, 4 out of 5 days it had rained the previous week.Cathedral Rocks was on...

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  • Beech Lookout

    In the New England National Park there are many places to walk and sights to see. This is one of the less visited. If you're heading into Point Lookout you have to turn off to the right on the indicated road and then it's only 2 kms away.The parking area is flat, there are no facilities but it's also very peaceful.I spent some time walking aback...

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  • Reaching the top

    continued -"We moved on up the climb though I sidetracked down to a streamlet that gurgled attractively enough to lure me to its cool splashing waters, drooping ferns and decaying branches. It wasn’t a permanent stream but it was nice when it did run.It sits at the bottom of the granite outcrop called Woolpack Rocks and the trail immediately begins...

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Armidale Favorites

  • Wild side (cont)

    At times during the climb, you lose sight of your goal only for it to re-emerge even larger than before. Then there's a sence of presence, of awe of the geology of the place. The time it takes to weather such stones into such shapes defies the imagination.The fragility of the vegetation that clings, in the most unlikely places, to a life so...

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  • Wild side (cont)

    The plant life is varied here, clinging to its existence in unfavourable circumstances. Yet, despite that there is diversification. Whether or not it is lichen clinging to a fence post (pic 1), amazing fungus halfway up a tree (Pic 2), grasses in a minamilist soil area (pic 4) or glamorous gum trees standing magnificently in a paddock (pic 3),...

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  • Wild side (cont)

    Ultimately the area is about the rocks. The variation in shapes, the variation in colour, the power they seem to have. The first shot shows a rock that Frank didn't know existed so we were pretty excited about this find whilst the second shot indicates the size of one that we passed by as you can see Frank in the left hand side of the picture.The...

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