A truly cosmopolitan centre nestled in the New England high country, Armidale is a regional city with contemporary offerings and pioneering history. It is surrounded by dramatic gorges, four national parks and productive farming communities producing beef, lamb, wool, and vegetable crops. Traditional owners of the land are respectfully acknowledged. Striking heritage buildings are lovingly maintained and put to good use.
Armidale is well known for its social capital and high rates of volunteerism. A much sought after ‘balanced lifestyle’ is very achievable in the region, due in part to short commute times, a highly relational community, and the abundance of life-affirming green spaces. Getting outdoors is a must. Food grown in and around the region finds its way onto the tables of local eateries, including casual family restaurants, cafés, clubs and pubs to fine dining rooms.
The region is home to thriving museums, music, drama and visual arts scenes. The Playhouse Theatre and New England Conservatorium of Music host regular performances and workshops, while the celebrated New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) has one of the largest exhibits in regional Australia, boasting six gallery spaces which are enjoyed by approximately 50,000 visitors annually.
Armidale offers some of Australia’s leading health services. The region benefits from access to five major medical facilities, including the Armidale Rural Referral Hospital which recently saw a $60 million redevelopment. The modern facilities provide for all types of medical services including surgery, obstetrics, oncology, paediatrics, geriatrics and accident and emergency as well as outpatient clinics. Ancillary services include radiology, pathology, occupational therapy and speech therapy, social work, physiotherapy and pharmacy. More than 30 resident GPs and specialist physicians support the wellbeing of our community, in addition to a range of alternative therapy practitioners.
Armidale’s excellence in education, from pre-school to PhD, is well recognised. It is home to the University of New England, which has a well-earned reputation as one of Australia’s great teaching, training and research universities.Three private boarding schools including New England Girls School (NEGS), Presbyterian Ladies College, (PLC) and The Armidale School (TAS), complimented by O’Connor Catholic College and the Armidale Secondary College (ASC) which recently underwent a $65 million upgrade, the largest State funded investment in public school refurbishment in recent history, further cement Armidale’s reputation as one of Australia’s leading regional education centres.
Armidale is also home to TAFE New England – the new headquarters for TAFE NSW Digital. With confident growth forecasts and a vibrant economy, Armidale is a fantastic Region to settle and raise your family. Within easy commuting distance to two of Australia’s largest capital cities, you can immersing yourselves in nature and a pristine living environment. Locating here will benefit your business, your staff and it will send a good message to your customers. Importantly, it will give you more time to enjoy more of the good things in life.
Armidale loves sport. And with premium facilities, a great climate, altitude training and an active sports community, there is every reason to be involved. Armidale’s list of facilities is particularly impressive and is maintained to a high standard with a progressive policy of development. As a result, Armidale is regularly chosen to host regional, state and national sporting events. 288 sporting events occur each weekend in Armidale. Facilities include a 50m eight lane competition pool, eight turf cricket ovals, fifty all-weather tennis courts and a state of the art indoor arena.
Over 50km of mountain bike track catering to all skill levels, two all weather turf hockey surfaces, netball courts, two 25m indoor heated pools, basketball courts, equestrian centers and the list goes on. Not to mention the soon to be constructed hydrotherapy pool which will certainly assist recovery and remediation after a hard weekend of sport.