Armidale Travel Guide

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Armidale Things to Do

  • SCENIC DRIVE 19

    SCENIC DRIVE 19 -This scenic drive was recommended to us by the info centre. It was a drive which had many interesting stops.Sights to see on the drive: Dangarsleigh War Memorial, an unusual war memorial, worth a stop and a read. Dangars Gorge & Falls - These were dry when we were there, but have seen photos of them with lots of water going over...

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  • NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL ART MUSEUM

    This Museum is also known as NERAM, A LIVING MUSEUM.The Museum has 6 galleries, one which has a permanent exhibition and the others are changing exhibitions, either works from its own collections or from travelling exhibitions.During my visit, most of the work was modern art and not my taste at all. Of course, at another time it could be completely...

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  • THE MUSEUM OF ANTIQUITIES

    The Museum of Antiquities is at the New England University, close to Booloominbah House.This Museum is the only regional ancient history and archaeology museum in Australia. it was signposted, so I just followed the signs and found the museum, was a bit worried that nobody was at the Museum if you wanted to questions. It just didn't feel right...

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  • ARMIDALE RAILWAY STATION

    What a grand Victorian building is the Armidale Railway station.I never expected to see such a beautiful building as this! Armidale railway station was being restored as there was scaffolding covering a small area while the rest of the building looked to be perfect!This stylish building has decorative verandahs with cast iron columns and filigree...

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  • HERITAGE WALK - EAST MALL

    East Mall I didn't like as much as "the Mall," even so I found some great heritage listed buildings.On the corner of East Mall and Faulkner streets are the Imperial Hotel and the Westpac Bank.The Imperial Hotel I loved! This two-storey brick and stucco Hotel was built in 1890 and features beautifully decorated cast-iron railing on the verandahs,...

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  • THE ARMIDALE SCHOOL (TAS)

    We are still on the Heritage drive when we come across number 22, a massive building that looks like a Manor house in the English countryside. For me, this was one of the finest heritage listed buildings in Armidale!Well, it turns out investors wanted to build an English style school, so in 1893 construction began and by 1894, this impressive...

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  • COTTAGES IN ARMIDALE

    On the heritage drive and also on the heritage walk, quite a few cottages built in different styles of architecture are listed. It's great they are on the heritage list and saved for future generations to seeAll of these cottages I saw on the heritage drive.Number 2 at 160 Kirkwood street, was an old Cottage that was built in 1873 as a Farm-house....

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  • STAINED GLASS WINDOWS OF BOOLOOMINBAH

    The stained glass windows is what everybody comes to see!I wasn't sure where they were as there wasn't any information on where to enter the building. I happened to see a Uni Teacher who was kind enough to take me in through the main entrance and to a room on the right where they were located. The rest of the house is out of bounds.Entry is into...

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  • BOOLOOMINBAH

    Booloominbah is number 32 on the Heritage Drive. I had seen this house before, only this time I knew I would be able to view a limited part of the interior and see some beautiful stained glass windows.This house is situated in the grounds of the University of New England, situated off Queen Elizabeth Drive. We drove into the University and found...

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  • APEX AND DRUMMOND LOOK-OUT

    The Apex Look-out is where you go for a view over Armidale. We drove through the large entrance pillars and into the huge free car-park. There was only one other person here! There wasn't any seating, so we sat on the low wall to pick out landmarks of Armidale. We found the Cathedral spires easily and some other buildings, plus lots of trees in...

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  • "COTSWOLD GARDENS" & "EYNSFORD"

    These are numbers 29 & 30 on the Heritage drive.Located quite close to each other, we came across Cotswold gardens first. This was built at the turn of the century by the founder of the Armidale Drapery. The building has double gables, shingles, leadlight windows and a decorative form of render, and now is a Best Western Motel.Located in Marsh...

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  • RACECOURSE / SPORTSGROUND / SHOWGROUNDS

    Some places on the heritage drive I didn't take photos of as there wasn't much to see. Moving on from Mallam House, we passed by the Armidale racecourse. This old Racecourse ran its first race in 1842, before the Armidale Jockey club was formed in 1856.You can check the website for when meetings are held.http://www.armidalejockeyclub.com.au/Regular...

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  • O'CONNOR CATHOLIC COLLEGE

    On the opposite side of the Showgrounds is the O'Connor Catholic College. In 1905, 12 De La Salle Brothers from Ireland and France arrived in Australia. They came to Armidale and opened De La Salle College, a boys only High School in 1906. The French Brothers left just three months later, luckily some more Irishmen volunteered to come to Armidale....

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  • SELF-GUIDED HERITAGE DRIVE

    Another pamphlet I picked up at the Visitor Information centre, was the "Armidale self-guided Heritage drive."This is set out like the walk only there are 32 places to visit. The pamphlet has information on all 32 sites. On the back is a map with all the numbers making the trail very easy to follow.Once again it begins at the Visitor centre. We...

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  • HERITAGE WALK - Sherrif's cottage &...

    I love following Heritage walking trails! I picked up the FREE "Self-guided Heritage walk" pamphlet which is numbered from 1 to 34, each a heritage listed building or park. The pamphlet is good as it gives detailed information on the number your viewing and has a numbered map on the back.The trail begins on the corner of Dumaresq & Marsh streets,...

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  • HERITAGE WALK - ST. PETER'S CATHEDRAL

    A short walk away from the Catholic Cathedral is the Anglican St. Peter's Cathedral. Both are open to the public, but when I arrived at St. Peters I couldn't enter as a church service was being held.This was the second Church built on this site, the first was a timber church. The Cathedrals foundation stone was laid in 1873 and building was...

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  • ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE & KEEPING...

    As I love Aboriginal artwork, I made sure I visited the Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Keeping Place.I made my way along a bright and interesting painted pathway to the entrance door, where upon entry, I was greeted by a helpful and friendly lady who detailed the new exhibitions on display and what else I could see at the centre. I was then left on...

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  • HERITAGE WALK - ST. KILDA HOTEL

    Another Hotel on the walk was the St. Kilda Hotel, a plain two storey building which has gone through many changes in its life time. The hotel was built in 1863 originally as the Freemason's Hotel, then in 1870, it was re-named the St. Kilda Hotel. Interesting, the Hotel in 1875 was used as the Armidale Grammar School until 1877, after that it...

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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

  • Major stores

    There are plenty of shops in Armidale from the small and unique to the well known shops that are found nearly all around Australia.Armidale Plaza was very convenient for me. Located in the centre of the CBD and near the Info centre, it had plenty of free car parks and plenty of stores.The major stores in the Plaza were KMart, Target, Spotlight for...

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  • A Stable for a shop

    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...

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Armidale Warnings and Dangers

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    by balhannah Updated May 15, 2015

    The opening hours of the Folk Museum are a little different to most Museums in Armidale as it's only open 4 hours every day.

    I wanted to visit this Museum which has displays on Armidale's past ranging from small to a large English coach used by the State Governor during his tour of Armidale more than a century ago.
    It was on my Heritage walk so I thought I would see it then, only at 10am when I tried to open the door, I found it was locked. I found the opening times were 1 - 4 pm, 7 days a week, entry was free.
    It meant viewing this Victorian styled building with its beautiful cast iron verandah railings from the outside. It was built in 1863 and used as the Armidale Literary Institute.

    Address - Corner of Faulkner and Marsh Streets, Armidale CBD.

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Armidale Off The Beaten Path

  • BAKERS CREEK FALLS

    If your staying more than a day at Armidale and want to do a scenic drive, then I suggest heading along the "Waterfall way" to see many waterfalls, gorges and fantastic scenery.Of course the best time to see the falls is after rain, although most are running at any time.I have travelled the Waterfall way on several occasions and still have more...

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  • 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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Armidale Favorites

  • HISTORICAL SITES SIGNAGE

    This is something I really like to find.First, if the Information centre happens to be closed when your in Armidale, you still can go for a walk around the CBD and find the heritage listed buildings by looking for dark blue plaques situated near the entrance of a building.The other reason is, I take a photo of each plaque so I know what building...

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  • FILIGREE LACEWORK

    Filigree lacework is a favourite of mine!During the gold rush in the mid 1800's, many people became wealthy and wanted their homes to display their wealth. This was when the ornate style of Victorian Free classical architecture came into vogue, a time when decorative cast-iron was used a lot for decoration. Cast-iron components was first brought...

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  • STREET TREES OF ARMIDALE

    I know this doesn't appeal to everyone but it did to me.At the Visitor centre I picked up a brochure "Most popular street trees of Armidale."It was April and Autumn when the trees were at their prettiest. I know the names of many kinds of trees but not all! This brochure has a number against each variety and information about that tree. The...

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