Armidale is a small city (population 21 300) in the New England region of the Australian state of New South Wales. The picturesque city is noted for its colonial-era architecture, centres of learning and culture and the nearby wilderness and gorge country.
Armidale is definitely a place of four seasons. The winters are quite cold, with overnight snow falling occasionally in August. The old English-style gardens in the area blossom in Spring, as the firs, willows and oaks in town and in the University of New England grounds sprout new leaves. In Autumn, the town celebrates the changing colours of the trees with an Autumn Festival, which includes a street parade down the main boulevards. But it is summer that is arguably the best time to visit Armidale. Due to its altitude, the town is rarely humid, and even days where the temperature reaches 35 degrees Celsius are tolerable.
Armidale is also located at the start of the Waterfall Way to Raleigh, near Coffs Harbour on the coast. This scenic route passes through the gorge country as the tablelands drop to the coastal plains. Located along the way are several World Heritage-listed national parks, encompassing the waterfalls that give the way its name. Driving time to the coast is 2½ hours.
There are discounts when tickets are booked early. When booked 14 days before departure almost 50% discount can be obtained. ISIC card holders are given 50% discount on all Countrylink trains.
The historic centre of Armidale is small enough to be easily covered on foot. However, some attractions (the University, the Art Museum) are on the outskirts of town, making access difficult for the less-mobile traveller.
A bus service does run infrequently between the town centre and the University, but the best way to explore the town and surrounding countryside is by car. Car hire is available on arrival at the airport. Taxi services are also widely available.
The University of New England (UNE) is Australia's oldest regional university. The university has four faculties: Arts; Economics, Business and Law; Education, Health and Professional Studies; and The Sciences. UNE is also well known for its external teaching programmes.