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Armidale is a university town which has the oldest university of Armidale situated here. Armidale lies in the northern part of New South Wales and is located centrally between Sydney and Brisbane on the New England Highway. It is located on the New England Plateau at an altitude of 1070 above sea level. The city of Armidale was originally inhabited by the Aniwan people who were the real owners of this land. The first European exploration of Armidale was made in the early 1930s by John Oxley. Armidale was proclaimed with a city status in 1885 and it is a cathedral city because it is the seat of the Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops of Armidale. Armidale is famous for the University of New England which was established in the year 1938. It was under the influence of this city that the rural town of Armidale became a city of great culture, education and refinement. Armidale is one of the few cities of Australia which has a distinct four season seasonal phenomena. The climate of Armidale is generally quite mild, with cool warm summers, short winter and an extended spring season. Thunderstorms are quite common on a warm afternoon which brings down the temperature. The place does not experience high humidity levels unlike the nearby areas. During winters the temperatures often fall down below 5C and thick white frost gets deposited on the grounds. Rainfall generally occurs in summers and is rare in winters. During spring, temperature is much mild and variable in nature and is the best time to visit Armidale. Armidale has an excellent transport network with regular flights operating from Sydney and charter flights to major areas. There are regular bus services from Armidale to Sydney and Brisbane and the New England Highway is an excellent road link between Sydney and Brisbane. There is a local bus service which caters to the local public of the region and has regular trips to the university and surrounding towns. The rail network is also well-developed in Armidale with fast train networks to Sydney. Armidale is also a very culturally rich city. It is the home of The New England Regional Art Museum which has over 1,200 works of art, including paintings of Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts. Other cultural places include an art museum, education museum, mining museum, vintage car collection, folk museum and an Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place. The orchestra, jazz band, Armidale City Band organizes regular concerts in the city and are very popular. The University also has several museums and galleries. Armidale also has a host of tourist attraction spots which include:
  • Saumarez homestead
  • Gara Gorge
  • Dangers Gorge
  • Cathedral Rock National Park
  • Armidale Ciy heritage Tour
  • Armidale Art Gallery
  • Mount Yarrowyck
  • Ebor Falls
  • Dumaresq Dam
  • Wollomombi Falls
Apart from these, there are many other attractive spots as well which draw thousands of tourists every year. The Armidale Plaza is the latest shopping hub of Armidale which was started in 2007. The East Mall is another popular shopping area which has 15 specialty stores and Coles Supermarket. The Armidale Mall is another great option for all shopping lovers and has many cafes, shops, restaurants, furniture shops and other utility stores. Armidale also has a wide variety of restaurants which serve all kinds of cuisines. On your trip to Armidale you can book your accommodation at:
  • Quality Inn Regency Hallmark Armidale
  • Best Western Moore Park Inn
  • Country Comfort Armidale
  • Comfort Inn Cotswold Gardens
  • Best Western Cattleman Motor Inn Armidale
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