Things to do in Armidale and the New England
FOOD AND WINE
NEW ENGLAND WINES - Visit the nearby vineyards of the world's newest officially declared wine region New England Australia. Whilst judging at the New England Regional Wine Show in 2007 Chair of Judges Mr. James Halliday commented "There is no other region that has come on stream with so much to offer as the New England". www.newenglandwines.org.au
THE NEW ENGLAND BREWING CO – located in the main street of Uralla, the brewery bar is open from 11am to 6pm Thursdays to Sundays for tastings with tours taking place every Saturday at 1pm. Cost is $10 including tastings. Bookings are preferred. Phone 0433 875 209.
GOURMET BOUTIQUE FOODS - Specialist niche food markets flourishing in the district, such as wine, gourmet cheese, value-added meat products, trout, olives, pasta and berries, pome fruit & fruit wine, and the newest addition to the boutique food family.
The Guy Fawkes Truffle Co located at Ebor – contact Louise Williams 0407 271 700.
FAIRS AND MARKETS
MARKETS IN THE MALL- are on the last Sunday of each month. Here you will find plenty of local produce, wonderful plants to lure the avid gardener, a tempting variety of home-baked cakes and international food stalls and an abundance of vibrant arts and crafts. Armidale Markets in the Mall Website
ARMIDALE FARMERS MARKET AND CAR BOOT SALE - Held on the first and third Sunday of every month (except winter - first Sunday only). 9:00am - 2:00pm. Buy fresh, local, seasonal produce, home made gourmet food, wine and plants from the farmer's market. www.armidalemarket.com
ARMIDALE'S MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
THE ARMIDALE FOLK MUSEUM - The Armidale Folk Museum is conducted by Armidale Dumaresq Council and contains a fabulous collection of exhibits that depict the life and times of the people of Armidale and the surrounding area. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 1.00pm - 4.00pm. Other times by appointment - phone 02 6771 4398. mgnsw.org.au/sector_development/armidale_folk_museum
THE NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL ART MUSEUM - Home to the Howard Hinton and Chandler Coventry Collections. www.neram.com.au
ARMIDALE ART GALLERY - Formed by the New England Art Society, the gallery has a number of exhibition spaces including the Hashimoto Room, The Skylight Room and The Studio. Exhibitions are updated roughly once a month. The Society holds its popular Evening Art Classes in the gallery several nights a week. Open Monday to Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm. Phone 02 6772 9993. www.armidaleartgallery.com
ARMIDALE MUSEUM OF ANTIQUITIES - Located in the Arts Building at the University of New England, the museum is open Monday to Friday from 9:00am - 4:30pm. www.une.edu.au/museum-antiquities
ARMIDALE MUSEUM OF EDUCATION - Located in Kentucky Street Armidale, the Museum of Education contains a comprehensive collection of educational material. The museum is open by appointment only - phone 02 6773 6466. www.une.edu.au/heritage/museum.php
NATIONAL PARKS, WILDLIFE REFUGES & WATERFALLS
DANGAR'S LAGOON WILDLIFE REFUGE - located just outside nearby Uralla. More than 110 bird species have been recorded here.
OXLEY WILD RIVERS NATIONAL PARK - Only 20 minutes drive from Armidale, the park is blessed with breathtaking scenery and is home to rare and endangered plant species, as well as an extensive variety of other plant, bird and animal life. Visitors can enjoy easy walks to spectacular lookouts as well as trying more testing treks in this rugged landscape.
NEW ENGLAND NATIONAL PARK - A wonderful spot to enjoy the rugged beauty of the Great Dividing Range. This World Heritage Listed Park offers views of magnificent, unspoiled wilderness as far as the eye can see. On a clear day from Point Lookout, visitors can see all the way to the Eastern Coast of Australia.
WOLLOMOMBI FALLS AND CHANDLER FALLS - There are few things as spectacular as watching water gush down these waterfalls after torrential rain. Rain or no rain these jagged cliff faces are sensational. The falls which are among the tallest in Australia are about a 25 minute drive from Armidale on the Waterfall Way.
EBOR FALLS - This is where the Guy Fawkes River takes a 115 metre spill over a column of basalt rock. At Ebor Falls there are lookout areas, picnic and barbecue facilities, fresh water and toilets. Visitors can enjoy a stroll around the falls areas which in springtime is studded with wildflowers.
DANGARS FALLS (also know as the Dangarsleigh Falls) - these falls are located 21 kms South-east of Armidale. Visitor facilities include a shelter shed with picnic tables, gas barbeques, drinking water, toilets, information displays and camping area.
The enthusiastic angler can tackle anything from Rainbow and Brown Trout from a clear mountain river or stream to Murray Cod, Golden Pearch, Catfish, Redfin or Black Bream in the warmer rivers, streams and dams to the West of Armidale. Or perhaps you can bag a legendary Bass in a waterhole in the headwaters of the Macleay River System.
Fishermen can go fishing on their own in the New England District or they can take advantage of one of several fully guided fishing tours offered by local expert anglers such as Jon Galletly of Fish N Trips N Tips. Jon is also a custom rod builder who has been building fishing rods for the public for 15 years and teaching rod making for 4 years. Contact Jon on 02 6772 2261. www.fishntripsntips.com.au
Strike it rich, all that glitters is not only gold, it could be a sapphire, garnet, topaz, diamond, zircon, or silver just to name a few of the many precious gems and minerals that might turn up in a fossicker's muddy wash.
SPORT & RECREATION
Perhaps you just want to play? There's golf, tennis, squash, canoeing, rock climbing, aerobics, basketball, indoor cricket, sailing, horse racing, goat racing, swimming, football, netball, archery, tai chi, ten pin bowling, darts, cycling.
ARMIDALE SPORT AND RECREATION CENTRE - have a wide range of activities to entertain you. They are located at 227 Mann Street, Armidale. Phone (02) 6772 8099. www.armidalesportandrec.com.au