Escape the Summer heat – the New England High Country
As Australia swelter’s under unbelievable temperatures and beaches fill with thousands, the smart few are heading to the tablelands of the New England High Country to take advantage of the elevation, peace and quiet, and rivers and streams.
Armidale, the capital of the New England High Country, and historic city hub, is elevated at 980m, influencing the low level of humidity and cooler night time temperatures; benefitting the cool temperature wines, beers, ciders, gins and whiskey’s brewed and distilled locally; and placing it in a prime location to check out the many gorges, rivers and tracks in the region.
It’s the journey and the destination!
For a day trip: The perfect way to see Armidale for the day, is to grab your motorbike and take the 190km windy road up Waterfall Way from the steamy Coffs Coast, stopping at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Ebor, New England National Park and Australia’s second tallest waterfall, Wollomombi on the way.
From Brisbane: Take the New England Highway south from Brisbane, travel through Stanthorpe and stop at the Barrel Room for lunch, take a detour and check out Boonoo Boonoo National park, and arrive in Armidale after about 500km of easy driving through the rolling hills and ranges.
From Sydney: Take the New England Highway north from Sydney if you are towing or don’t like ranges. Take Thunderbolts way if you’re on a motorbike or love the steep windy hills. Drive across the countryside seeing a change from city, green rolling hills, and steep cliffs and gorges. Arrive in Armidale after 500km of adventurous and scenic driving.
We made it to Armidale! What now?
Established in 1849, Armidale is one of Australia’s most historic cities. From learning about Australia’s first hydro-electric scheme in 1894 located at our favourite swimming hole, Gara Gorge; to exploring Saumarez, the historic fully furnished Edwardian homestead built in 1888; they’ll be something to learn and beautiful buildings and sites to admire.
The café and restaurant scene is competitive and vibrant, with many local vendors supporting local wineries and distilleries which are arguably the best in the country. Check out our favourites in the blog below.
Where should I stay?
Whether you’ve brought the whole family or just looking to spend some quiet time in the New England High Country, Armidale Tourist Park offers accommodation to impress. The new edition of luxury three bedroom Garden View Villas featuring large entertaining decks and facilities, and picturesque garden views, are affordable and designed to inspire. Cool off in the pool or laze on the pool chairs while the kids tire themselves out on the shaded jumping pilllow and playgrounds. Have a real holiday in the New England High Country.