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Armidale Holidays Overview
Armidale is located in the heart of the New England Tablelands in New South Wales. Only two and half hours from the coast along the scenic route Waterfall Way, it is ideally placed on the New England Highway, between Sydney and Brisbane. At 980 metres above sea level, temperatures range from 0-10 degrees in winter and from 10-30 degrees in summer with Armidale’s wonderful climatic conditions providing beautiful gardens in spring and spectacular autumn colours.
The history of Armidale reaches back to John Oxley who passed through the area in 1818 with the naming of the town by Commissioner MacDonald after the MacDonald family seat on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Venturing further back in time, prior to white settlement, the Anaiwan Aboriginal people called the Armidale area home. The late 1800s brought an influx of people to the area with gold discovered at Hillgrove and also the opening of the railway. Today, Armidale is a cultural and historical beacon to life in a rural town.
A rural town with a difference, Armidale has been transformed into a sophisticated and cosmopolitan small city. A long established university, its strong cultural and historical base; Armidale can provide all visitors with an enriching experience. A pedestrian mall in the centre of town surrounded by cosy cafés, shopping arcades and small gift shops are enticing and absolutely worth a visit. Is your visit coinciding with the last Sunday in the month? If so, you will definitely want to stop in at the local market with its delightful art, craft, outdoor products and fresh local produce.
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holidays - Top Events
Belgrave Twin Cinema hosts a blend of art house and mainstream movie programs with an annual International Film Festival held in August 2010. With a selection of films with one film from each country over one weekend, this cultural experience is one not to be missed. http://www.opus-b.com/iff/
The New England Wool Expo and The Australian Wool Fashion Awards (TAWFA) are held in Armidale in May annually and highlight the strengths of the local industry. Armidale, Dumaresq and the surrounding district are recognised as producing some of the best fine wool in Australia. The Expo encompasses the whole package, from paddock to parade and plate. Highlights of the event include yard dog championships, shearing, wool crafts and fashion parades. Showcasing the regions food and wine with rural exhibitors from the surrounding district, this is a wonderful weekend of family entertainment. http://www.visitnsw.com/town/Armidale/New_England_Wool_Expo/info.aspx
The annual Australian Celtic Festival held in April/May 2010 offers non-stop entertainment. A lone piper in the dawn autumn mists is just the start. Entertainment includes a street parade, pipe bands, groups re-enacting ceremonial roles and Celtic strongman events. Kirking of the tartan and endless quantities of Celtic food is not to be missed. Take a scenic drive north of Armidale through the town of Guyra to Glen Innes. http://www.visitnsw.com/town/Glen_Innes/Australian_Celtic_Festival/info.aspx#GoogleMapTop
holidays - How to Get There
Qantaslink provides 60 regular flights from Sydney to Armidale. It is a quick jaunt to arrive in Armidale being only one hour’s flight from Sydney. Qantaslink require a one hour check in prior to departure. A total four flights depart from Sydney to Armidale with another four flights returning from Armidale to Sydney each week.
Two flights depart Sydney to Armidale daily with the first departing at 8.45am and the other at 3.30pm. A flight departs from Sydney at 12.10pm operating on Sunday to Monday and Wednesday to Friday. Another flight departs Sydney operating Sunday through to Friday departing at 7.15pm. Return flights from Armidale to Sydney depart daily at 10.15am and 5.00pm. One returning flight to Sydney departs Armidale at 6.30am operating Monday through to Saturday and the other flight departs at 1.40pm operating Sunday to Monday and Wednesday through to Friday. http://www.qantas.com.au/