Living in Armidale

The lure of this place is definitely its surrounding wealth of natural beauty, but prepare to be swept off your feet with a certain magnetism and hospitality that you can't find in the big smoke. (Australian Traveller)

Armidale - the "capital" of the New England region of northern New South Wales - is located halfway between Sydney and Brisbane on the New England Highway. Armidale is a cosmopolitan city that is home to the University of New England and many other fine educational institutions. Armidale has been acknowledged as one of only 20 cities in Australia with an abundant, long-term water supply, and its cool mountain climate is the envy of most of Australia in the heat of summer.

A sophisticated and cosmopolitan city, Armidale has the very best in Education, family life, lifestyle, facilities and no peak hour traffic.

Armidale is an Evocity, one of seven leading regional cities. Evocities are clean and green, vibrant, dynamic, innovative, professional, accessible and globally linked. Evocities were selected for their; Quality of infrastructure, Positive population growth, Business numbers, House prices, Broadband infrastructure, Quality education, Excellent sporting facilities, and Lifestyle (e.g. cinemas, art galleries, restaurants and festivals).

Natural Wonders

Armidale's surrounding landscape includes beautiful National Parks, a large variety of bush walks, spectacular waterfalls and New England's green rolling hills. Autumn colours are stunning and summers are mild. The extensive gorge wilderness provides over 500 kilometres of wild and scenic rivers. Whether you enjoy kayaking, horse riding, BBQs at a waterfall, rock climbing, hiking, fishing or simply soaking up a marvellous view, Armidale has something for everyone.

Education in Armidale

Armidale differs from most regional centres because it has a long established university, transforming it from a rural town to a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city.

Through the University, TAFE, independent and public schools the city has become a significant centre of education, creating a wider range of jobs and business opportunities than usually found in the regions.

Armidale's strengths lie in its educational, agricultural, retail, government and professional services, and it is these industry sectors that provide vital employment for a significant portion of the local labour force.

Wine and gourmet eating

Armidale is surrounded by orchards, vineyards, and hobby, trout, sheep and cattle farms. Farmers markets, over 20 cellar doors and a range of award wining restaurants and cafés mean that there is always something delicious on offer.


Art, music and culture thrive in Armidale. The New England Regional Art Museum is an inspiring place to visit and is the custodian of 5000 works. The musical calendar is hectic with shows, plays, theatre, and performances from locals as well as internationally renowned bands and musicians.


Armidale really knows how to do sport! Almost every sport you can think of is available in Armidale. Most sports are played at all levels which is great for the whole family. From mountain biking to ultimate frisbee, from archery to dragon-boat racing, Armidale has it covered! Of course we have all the regulars like rugby, netball, hockey, soccer, AFL, tennis, waterpolo, gymnastics, and a beautiful golf course. Armidale's sporting facilities are top class and SportUNE is on UNE's doorstep.