Things to see
The Armidale region boasts many natural wonders, including spectacular waterfalls, picturesque national parks, and heritage-listed sites, that you should definitely experience whilst in the New England area!
Some suggestions on what to see include the following:
Wollomombi Falls – Wollomombi Falls is a seasonal, plunge waterfall and when it flows it is Australia’s second highest waterfall.
Dangarsleigh Falls – Dangarsleigh Falls (not to be confused with Dangar’s Falls near Dorrigo) is a picturesque picnic spot filled with cliff-edge hiking tracks perfect for any fitness level. It is a seasonal 183-meter waterfall, which is located just 20km out of Armidale.
Gara Gorge – Gara Gorge is located a short 15-minute drive from Armidale’s CBD and it is the perfect pace to take the family rock-hopping and exploring Australia’s first hydroelectric system.
Point Lookout – Point Lookout, a mountain on the Snowy Range, is located in the New England National Park and it stands at 1500 meters above sea level. On a clear day you can see 300km across the hinterland to the coast line.
Cathedral Rock National Park – The Cathedral Rock National Park, located only an hour’s drive east of Armidale, has a challenging and exciting hike that gives a perfect 360-degree view of the tablelands.
Ebor Falls – Ebor Falls is a spectacular tiered waterfall with an easy, sealed walking track beside the full lengths of the top and bottom falls.
Saumarez Homestead – Saumarez Homestead is a heritage-listed homestead located within Armidale. The homestead was designed by J. W. Pender in the Federation Edwardian style and built between 1888 and 1906. If you want to take a trip back in time, the Saumarez Homestead is a must see!
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park – The Oxley Wilds Rivers National Park, a protected national park located in the Northern Tablelands, spoils you with numerous world heritage listed sites! It contains Gondwana rainforests, dramatic gorges, historic sites, and magnificent waterfalls! It is perfect for walking, camping, riding and fishing.
Blue Hole – The Blue Hole, also known as the Gara Gorge, is located at the end of Castle Doyle Road and is a popular spot with the locals for swimming, picnics and scenic bushwalks.
Gostywick Chapel – The idyllic Gostywick Chapel, officially known as All Saints Anglican Church, is a picture-perfect location only 10kms outside of Uralla. Framed in an avenue of 150-year-old elm trees, the vine-clad Gostywick Chapel has been called one of the most beautiful churches in the world...definitely worth the visit!
Booloominbah – Booloominbah, located at the University of New England, is a heritage-listed mansion that overlooks breath-taking views of the New England Region. Not only is it a great tourist attract and the perfect place for lunch or coffee, but it can also be transformed for any function or event!
You can find more information on any of the previous areas at: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/search