About Armidale

  • Postcode: 2350

First settled by Europeans in 1839, Armidale took its name from the Scottish ancestral home of George James MacDonald who was the Commissioner of Crown Lands at the time. Before long, the land was cleared of trees and the first pastoral stations established soon after. In the 1850s gold was discovered and so began the heady days of rapid development and wealth. The legacy of these times has been preserved and can be seen in the many fine heritage buildings, elegant cathedrals, and grand pastoral homesteads.

Armidales beautiful tree-lined streets and extensive parks and gardens have been a feature from its early beginnings. They look particularly spectacular when deciduous trees bathe the city in the vibrant colours of autumn or in springtime when all the gardens are in full flower. The serene beauty of Armidale contrasts dramatically with the timeless beauty of the rugged gorge country, the waterfalls,and the wilderness along the escarpment of the Great Dividing Range nearby.

Within a short drive to the east of Armidale, Oxley Wild Rivers, Cathedral Rock, and New England National Parks offer awe-inspiring scenery and a great choice of outdoor activities.

The University of New England forms the core of the city and lends to creating a city-like atmosphere in a regional centre.

SCHOOLS: Excellent Private and Public Shools

TRANSPORT: Flight: Direct flights from Armidale to Sydney through Qantas Link & REX Airways. Rail Services: Armidale has a daily rail service to/from Sydney. Coach & Bus: Services operate enroute to and from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and coastal NSW.

SHOPPING & EATING OUT: There is an abundance of cafes and eateries along with some great retail centres around the city.

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