The Armidale region boasts spectacular waterfalls, gorges, world-heritage national parks, cool-climate vineyards and a fascinating and diverse cultural heritage. Canyoning, mountain biking, birdwatching, trout fishing and other outdoor adventures take on an exciting new dimension up high. You’ll be delighted all over again when you come inside to discover our galleries, museums, fine food and wine.
You’ll find there’s always something inspirational going on in the region’s museums and galleries and on any number of stages and screens. From renowned collections of antiquities and Australian art to writers’ workshops, cutting-edge contemporary theatre and stellar music programs, culture and the arts are ubiquitous in the New England.
At the University of New England (UNE), there are museums and collections embracing art, classical archaeology, local history, zoology, botany, geology, Asian musical instruments, manuscripts and rare books. In terms of their diversity, scale and significance, they are a unique resource in regional New South Wales. In fact, the university’s Museum of Antiquities, open to the public on weekdays, is the only regional ancient history and archaeology museum in Australia.
Music, both classical and contemporary, contributes enormously to the city’s cultural vibrancy, which comes as no surprise given that the University’s distinguished music department has a history of international significance. The Old Teachers College is home to the New England Conservatorium and the UNE Department of Music, which nurture the Armidale Symphony Orchestra, Armidale Youth Orchestra, Fiori Musicali and many choral and other musical groups.
The calendar is full of musical events, including a biennial Bach Festival, Musica Viva, and a month-long Eisteddfod program. Orchestras, rock and jazz bands, and world-renowned musicians of all ages perform at NECOM and other venues, including UNE, licensed clubs and pubs, heritage buildings and wineries.
There's plenty happening all year round in Armidale... festivals, music, theatre, kids fun, markets, book fairs, major sporting events and everything in between. For a list of upcoming events and activities in the region, view the Armidale Tourism events page.