The highs of Armidale - 2014's biggest bucket list surprise



Comments (5)
  • Bob K says:

    Oh Wow, prolific description indeed.
    As our elders say “No matter how beautiful and well crafted a coffin may look, it will not make anyone wish to die”


  • No No don't go says:

    One of the worst towns ever. Freezing in winter. Hot in summer. The air is heavy with depression and boredom. Avoid.

  • David J says:

    Of course it is cold in winter it is 980m above sea level you fool….. Put on a jumper.
    And hot in summer? Really did you go Canberra by mistake? Mid to late 20, is typical in summer

    If you are going to go to armidale it is a must in Autumn it has the most beautiful Autumn leaves, such rich reds, yellows & oranges.they also have some wonderful gardens and have a grated tour last weekend in Octoberthat is also special.

    Beautiful part of the world, a must see…

  • Hilary D says:

    Armidale is a beautiful and breathtaking town that is nestled into an English-looking countryside. There are numerous, high-quality places to eat, as well as several shopping precincts (E.g. Hanna’s Arcade and Turner’s). If you’re looking for an endless amount of things to keep you busy, then try Sydney or Melbourne. Armidale being described as a place of “depression” cannot be further from the truth. As a UNI city, Armidale is full of chirpy young people who venture out of their colleges on the weekends to one of the many pubs or even the nightclub (HQ). The youth of Armidale hardly find it boring. If you’re planning a trip to this pretty place, then go in the Autumn (the colours are truly amazing).

  • Armidale Local says:

    Armidale is unique in Australia, a two cathedral city nestled about 1,000m above sea level, about 2 hours west from the coast and half way between Brisbane and Sydney. Summers peak at about 32 degC while occasional winter mornings (about twice a year but not recently) may start as low as -10 degC before the frost melts to produce a delightful still warm, sunny winter day.

    Armidale has four distinct seasons with the autumn colours from the many deciduous trees in parks and street plantings being more famous than the flush of fresh spring colour that bursts from the trees and many carefully manicured private gardens.

    Town life includes about 25 coffee shops with nationally recognised Fresh 110 tempting the palate with delicious cordon bleu lunch offerings, Caffiends on Marsh a favourite with Sydney restaurant writers while the Altitude Roastery, Westside Coffee and the Hippie Goldfish Bowl Bakery are all very popular with locals due to their distinct high quality products.

    These coffee shops compete with the local pubs for the lunch trade, so there is a wide choice from the budget genius at the St Kilda Hotel, or close neighbours the upmarket White Bull, the Royal and the Wicklow Pink Pub.

    Dinner is a real challenge for cosmopolitan choice with small family restaurants like Bistro on Cinders, Yim Thai, Mandarin Restaurant, with Shuai Hu Restaurant and the Japanese Tappanyaki adjacent to Westside Coffee at the Girraween Centre Queen Elizabeth Drive out towards the University Colleges.

    The Servies Club Bistro has a traditional roast while the Armidale Bowling Club has a diverse menu.

    About 30 young wineries are developing in the Armidale district, replacing the fine wool industry that continues to decline due to world market pressures. Even so, Milly Hill Lamb is a delicacy that should not be missed, while the beef cattle industry remains strong, complementing the University of New England as the major income source for the town.

    Look out for a production from the Armidale Dramatic Society, our local “amateur” thespians who put on very professional productions about twice a year. Otherwise, the Belgrave Cinema shows recent releases in two theatres.

    Accommodation is easy for me being a local because I refer any travelling friends to the large number of centrally located motels or boutique guest houses. I don’t have a favourite.

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