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Armidale Attraction Activities in Armidale


Armidale Attractions - Things To Do & See

Armidale. an ideal holiday destination for families looking for things to see & do and places to stay that offer an alternative to Armidale hotels. 

Armidale offers a range of year round Armidale events & festivals plus a variety of outdoor activities and things to see. As a weekend getaway or an Armidale family holiday destination, this town caters for everyone. Offering excellent fishing, national parks and a range of outdoor sports & activities through to shopping and Armidale restaurants all you need to do is find the time.

Executive Oasis serviced apartments offer a great accommodation alternative to Armidale hotels. Our apartments are suitable for family accommodation and are centrally located close to a range of Armidale attractions including:

• Fishing
• Horse riding
• Golf
• Armidale Heritage Tours
Annual Armidale events
• Shopping
Restaurants, bars & Armidale Hotels
• Outdoor activities
• National parks, gorges & falls

There is so much more in and around the Armidale area to keep all the family busy throughout your holiday getaway.

Below you will find information about various activities and attractions which we hope will make your holiday planning easier and your stay enjoyable. 

Fishing

There is plenty of excellent fishing to be had within a 1 hour drive of Armidale. Fishermen can find Rainbow & Brown Trout in the colder mountain rivers and streams to the east and Murray Cod, Golden Perch, Catfish, Red fin and Black Bream in the warmer rivers, streams and dams to the west of Armidale. The waterways in the New England District are stocked annually by angler and fishing clubs to ensure adequate fish populations for fishermen and for the natural breeding stock. Fishermen can go fishing on their own or they can take advantage of one of several fully guided fishing tours offered by local expert anglers.

Matt’s Sport Safari. Extreme fishing and hunting tours for everyone from beginners to expert. Call Matt or Millie and let them arrange your Sport-fishing and Hunting on (02) 6771 4734.
E-mail theduck@ausbowhunter.com.au or on the web at www.ausbowhunter.com.au/matt

Stillwater Fly Fishing – Guided Trout Tours. Packages include, beginner, advanced, casting clinics or weekend trips. Call Richard or Daniel on (02) 6778 3382.

Horse Riding
Close to Armidale you can ride a horse through some of Australia’s most picturesque countryside with magnificent views. Rides can vary from a one or two hour ride to a five day horseback adventure. Local experts offer horse riding tours. For further information contact:

Outdoor Activities

Archery: Archery enthusiasts can attend the Archery Range on Rockvale Rd every Sunday. All gear is provided.

Arboretum: Kentucky St. Native plants and trees, a lookout, aquatic gardens, public facilities and a great place for a picnic.

Armidale Lookout: Located in Jeffrey St. Has terrific views of Armidale City and further afield. Great place to picnic or just soak up the scenery.

Armidale Heritage Tour. The Armidale Visitor Information Centre offers you a leisurely 2 1/2 hour city tour of Armidale. Suitable for ages above 5 years. Tours are free - donations most welcome. Tours depart from the Visitor Information Centre at 10am every day. Bookings are essential - phone 1800 627 736

Bike Riding: Take a ride along Armidale’s bicycle track which runs from the University of New England, along the creeklands to Erskine St East. (No Bike: No Problem) Armidale Bicycle Centre, 244 Beardy St has bikes for hire to suit all ages from 7 yrs and up. Ph: 02 6772 3718. Helmets supplied with bikes.

Deer Park, University of New England: Fallow deer descendants of the original herd from Booloominbah can be viewed in an enclosed area along with kangaroos.

Fossicking: Fossicking can be done anywhere in NSW, except in national parks, provided that you have the permission of the land owner or controlling authority, and, if the area is the subject of an exploration or mining lease, the lease holder.
Visitors can fossick at their leisure.

Golf: Golfers can enjoy a pleasant round of golf at the beautiful Armidale Golf Course, accessed from the Bundarra Road.

Harlow Park, Gostwyck Road, Uralla (25km CBD) For bookings phone: (02) 6778 4631

Heli Flights: Take a “Heli Tour” over the spectacular New England Gorge country – contact Fleet Helicopters on 1800 631 062.

Rowing: Sculling and sweep oar rowing on Lake Malpas, the highest altitude full 2000-metre course in Australia. Weather conditions apply – contact Armidale Rowing Club – Susan Sypkens (02) 6772 3763.

Skateboarding: Armidale’s skate park is located next to the swimming centre in Dumaresq Street - great for skateboarding.

Swimming: In the warmer months the swimming centre offers two Olympic sized pools, toddlers and babies’ pool.

Trout Hatchery: Tickle the tamest trout on the Tablelands. Available to tour, all year round. Contact (02) 6775 9139

Walking: Going for a walk in or around Armidale will broaden your knowledge on what you see, find and learn. A broad selection of walking tracks within the city, National Parks and forests are available from the Armidale Visitor Information Centre.

Wilderness Rides: For bookings phone: (02) 6778 2172 Guided Tours

Get back to nature at beautiful Armidale

Dangars Gorge Located 21kms south-east of Armidale along Dangarsleigh Rd. Dangars Gorge is part of the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Home to the beautiful 120m Dangars Falls and the starting point for several great walks. A great place for picnics, camping and bushwalking.
Wollomombi Gorge Located in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, 40km east of Armidale along Waterfall Way. A magnificent gorge which houses two spectacular waterfalls, the Wollomombi Falls, one of Australia’s highest at 260m, and the Chandler Falls. A great opportunity to enjoy spectacular scenery, a picnic, a stroll along one of the gorge rim trails or a hike to the gorge riverbed. Facilities include drinking water, pit toilets, shelter shed & Fireplace and bush camping available for overnight stays.
Gara Gorge Located 16kms from Armidale along the Castledoyle Rd. Gara Gorge is a popular picnic and bbq spot. It is well known for its scenic bush strolls and beautiful swimming holes. It is also the site of Australia’s first commercial Hydro-electric Scheme. The remains of this historic scheme can be viewed today, via the Threlfall Historic Walk. No camping is permitted at Gara Gorge.
Ebor Falls Located in Guy Fawkes National Park, 80kms east of Armidale along Waterfall Way. Ebor Falls are a spectacular two-tier falls. They are where the Guy Fawkes River takes its first spectacular plunge off the tablelands. The falls continue to flow, even in dry periods. Facilities include picnic tables, pit toilets, bbqs, information display and lookout platforms with easy access.
New England National Park Located 85kms east of Armidale along the Waterfall Way. A world heritage 29985 ha haven for bushwalkers, sightseers and campers. Majestic views and walking tracks range from half a day to full day treks. At 1564m above sea level, Point Lookout provides spectacular views of the near vertical escarpment and a magnificent panorama to the north, east and south, from two viewing platforms. Bush camping and accommodation facilities are both available within the park.
Cathedral Rock National Park Located 80kms east of Armidale along the Waterfall Way. The park provides many opportunities for bushwalking, bird watching and camping. The 360 degree view from the top of the rock is magnificent and well worth the climb. Camping and picnic facilities are located at Barokee and Native Dig Creek Rest areas within the park.
Mt Yarrowyck Nature Reserve & Rock Art Site Located 27kms west of Armidale on the Bundarra Rd. A 3 km loop walk can access the rock site. Mt Yarrowyck is located in the traditional territory of the main Aboriginal tribe of the New England Tablelands, called the Anaiwan. The Rock art site is a significant landmark of Aboriginal Cultural heritage.
Dumaresq Dam Located 14kms north west of Armidale along the Boorolong Rd. A great place for family picnics, walking, orienteering, bird watching, fishing, camping, swimming, canoeing and sailing. Facilities include a shelter shed, picnic tables, bbqs, water, flush toilets, walking tracks and concrete launching ramp.
Armidale State (Pine) Forest Located 6kms north east of Armidale along the Rockvale Rd. Known locally as the Pine Forest, this is the oldest pine plantation in NSW, and a very popular spot for many outdoor activities. An open forest with cleared areas suitable for games, picnicking, walking, bird watching and swimming in Tilbuster ponds.
L.P. Dutton Trout Hatchery Located 75km east of Armidale on the Waterfall Way, the trout hatchery is situated on the beautiful Serpentine River, right next door to the New England National Park. Group and Individual tours, spectacular audio-visual show in visitor centre theatrette, hand feed the trout or see the aquarium display with trout, brilliant blue crayfish, eels and endangered freshwater species. You can also take a nature stroll along the Serpentine River with the chance to feed ‘wild’ trout or just relax beside the cascading cool waters. Guided tours operate everyday from 9am – 4pm.

Armidale offers a plethora of activities, attractions and events through out the year. So no matter what time you visit there will always be something happening around the region. As an accommodation alternative to Armidale hotels have you considered a serviced apartment? They are ideal for couples and families wanting the privacy of a unit, but the luxury of a hotel. Executive Oasis offer Armidale serviced apartments which include an outdoor entertainment area, garage to lock up your car, full kitchen facilities and two full sized bedrooms, making them ideal family holiday accommodation as opposed to Armidale hotels and motels.

Enjoy the Armidale region and all that it has to offer while staying in Executive Oasis serviced apartments, a terrific alternative to Armidale Hotel and motel accommodation. Contact us today or book online for your next Armidale family holiday or weekend getaway.
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