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The New England High Country is home to some of the most celebrated bushland, rainforest, and rugged wilderness in Australia… where the view around every corner is even more stunning than the last. There are endless ways to experience the great variety of landscapes and environments - bushwalk, plunge into a crystal-clear stream, camp, fish, mountain bike, climb, rock hop, or just sit on a picnic rug and listen to the lyrebird’s call.

On the weekend you can jump in the car and follow the road to other wonderful New England towns and villages, all with their own unique character, including Inverell, Tenterfield, Glen Innes, and Guyra. If the ocean is calling, the coast is only 2.5hrs away along the Waterfall Way, a scenic drive through picturesque Dorrigo and Bellingen.

After a big working week, you are in the perfect spot to enjoy some quality R&R or throw on a backpack for a memorable out of town adventure. Here are a few suggestions to get you thinking about getting out and about to discover our glorious region.

Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve and Aniwan Rock Art Site – 30min drive from Armidale.

Within the traditional lands of the Aniwan people you will find a 3km return track, taking you along the granite slopes of the mountain to the cave painting site. Note: Please remain behind the timber barrier and refrain from touching the paintings.

Bulagaranda (Mount Yarrowyck) Aboriginal Area | NSW National Parks

Wollomombi Falls (Oxley Wild Rivers National Park) – 35min drive from Armidale

The second highest waterfalls in Australia, cascading dramatically 220m to the valley below. Reached by an easy walk from Wollomombi Falls picnic area, this lookout offers a new perspective on stunning Wollomombi Falls. From the top of the waterfall, you can look down at the aptly-named Inaccessible Gulf far below.

Wollomombi Falls lookout | NSW National Parks

Point Lookout (New England National Park) – 1hr 15min drive from Armidale.

Point Lookout is the must-see destination for visitors to New England National Park. Perched on the edge of the Great Escarpment, it offers panoramic views across World Heritage rainforest to the ocean in the distance.

At sunrise, the mist in the valley turns from orange to pink as the sun erupts above the distant horizon. It’s no wonder this is one of the most photographed sunrises on the NSW North Coast.

Point lookout | NSW National Parks

Cathedral Rock National Park – 1hr drive from Armidale.

Magnificent granite tors and outcrops, formed around 230 million years ago, camp, walk, birdwatch and enjoy scenic views with great picnic spots at Cathedral Rock National Park, just east of Armidale and west of Dorrigo on the New England Tablelands.

Hike to the park’s main boulder piles of Woolpack Rocks and Cathedral Rock and scramble to their summits. Then enjoy the superb views across the wilderness landscape of dry eucalypt forest and granite outcrops. The park’s rock formations are particularly photogenic in late-afternoon light or mist.

Cathedral Rock National Park | NSW National Parks

Hillgrove - 30min drive from Armidale.

Historic near-ghost town. Established in 1884 and once home to 3,000 residents and six hotels at it's peak servicing gold and antimony mining. Museum and heritage walk.

Hillgrove, NSW - Aussie Towns

Walcha – 45min drive from Armidale.

Set amongst strikingly beautiful countryside, the charming, historic town of Walcha is best known for its’ Open-Air Gallery, which features a permanent display of over 50 sculptures by renowned local, national, and international artists. In addition, the Walcha Art Gallery, antique shops, boutique and gift stores and cosy cafés make Walcha the ideal day trip adventure.

Walcha | Visit NSW

Tamworth – 1hr 20min drive from Armidale.

Tamworth is well known for its annual country music festival in January, however this vibrant, thriving city is so much more than golden guitars, sad songs, and rhinestones! Tamworth is the regional capital for sporting, retail, food, and entertainment making it the perfect weekend escape.

Tamworth, Country NSW | Visit NSW

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