Venue & Location
Getting to Armidale is easy. Halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, you can travel to Armidale by road, train or air.
QANTAS has several flights to and from Armidale each day. Budget for between $450 and $750 return from Sydney depending on availability and how early you book.
Regional Express provides three services a day from Sydney to Armidale, from as little as $104 one way.
Fly Corporate now flies 12 times per week between Brisbane and Armidale, from $149 one way.
New England Coaches also operate services to Brisbane and the North Coast including Coffs Harbour, Kempsey and Port Macquarie.
For travel within Armidale, Edwards Coaches operate extensive services in the Armidale and Uralla areas.
Armidale, New South Wales
A picturesque city in the beautiful New England high country, Armidale charms with colonial heritage, fine museums and galleries, and delicious food and wine. Home to the University of New England, Armidale is a perfect base for exploring nearby spectacular World Heritage national parks.
Discover this cosmopolitan centre, nestled in some of Australia’s richest pastoral lands, on a heritage tour and see grand cathedrals and colonial buildings in pretty tree-lined streets. You can join Armidale Heritage Tours on a guided tour or take a self-guided heritage walk to the landmarks.
You’ll be delighted with the many things to do and see, including the wonderful New England Regional Art Museum. It contains the important Howard Hinton and Chandler Coventry collections and works by famous artists Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and James Gleeson, to name just a few.
You can admire indigenous art at the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place, which has a gift shop. A short drive southwest of Armidale is Saumarez Homestead, a National Trust-listed 30-room Edwardian mansion built between 1888 and 1906. There are guided tours of this fascinating home.
Armidale is on the New England Highway, which is the excellent inland route between Sydney and Brisbane. Driving time from Sydney or Brisbane is around 5.5 to 6.5 hours (depending on your route) and less than 3 hours from the coast. If you're coming from the coast, enjoy one of Australia's best drives across the Waterfall Way. Plan your trip at http://maps.google.com.
You can also hire a car once you're in Armidale:
Hertz — Armidale Airport 02 6772 0620
Avis — Armidale Airport 02 6772 6216
Budget — 149/151 Miller St, West Armidale NSW 2350 Ph 02 6772 5872
Thrifty — Cnr Barney and Ohio St, Armidale 02 6772 4551
Realistic Car Rentals — 147 Rusden St, Armidale 02 6772 8078
Countrylink provides discounts on rail travel to Armidale. You can expect pay around $100 return from Sydney with your discount. The Countrylink service includes the Central Coast, Newcastle, Muswellbrook, Singleton and Tamworth.