Armidale, New South Wales, Australia

Armidale

Armidale is a city in the Northern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia.Armidale had a population of 24,351 as at June 2017.It is the administrative centre for the Northern Tablelands region. It is approximately halfway between Sydney and Brisbane at the junction of the New England Highway and Waterfall Way. Armidale traditional owners are Anaiwan people. Many Gumbaynggirr people have settled in Armidale since colonisation.  

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Armidale is a city in the Northern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia.Armidale had a population of 24,351 as at June 2017.It is the administrative centre for the Northern Tablelands region. It is approximately halfway between Sydney and Brisbane at the junction of the New England Highway and Waterfall Way. Armidale traditional owners are Anaiwan people. Many Gumbaynggirr people have settled in Armidale since colonisation.  

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"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 7.2% of the population. 78.3% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were England 2.0%, China 1.2%, New Zealand 1.1%, India 0.7% and Nepal 0.6%. 83.3% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Arabic 1.3%, Mandarin 1.2% and Nepali 0.7%. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 29.1%, Anglican 20.8% and Catholic 20.0%.  

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Armidale food guide is your guide to eating in Armidale. If you are interested in eating out, grabbing a takeaway or obtaining the ingredients for home entertaining or a home cooked meal, this is your Armidale food guide. Stroll through our pages to get a taste of what is on offer. Join us and experience the growth of this young site. Subscribe to our food ezine to find out about great deals about food in Armidale. Whatever your tastes, from fine dining to fast food to fresh fruit, find the details here. Armidale is a great city to eat out in. It has a marvellous collection of restaurants. Restaurants for the lover of fine cuisine to healthy eating restaurants and a large range of affordable dining, takeaways and coffee shops.  

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Armidale has a truly international flavour. Its educational facilities have attracted students, academics and their families from all over the world adding a multicultural dimension to the city and events hosted by different ethnic groups add vitality, spice and colour, making life in Armidale and enriching experience. For artists, musicians and those who are otherwise culturally inclined, Armidale offers unique opportunities. The New England Regional Art Museum, one of ten museums, houses the acclaimed Hinton and Coventry collections and regularly exhibits the works of promising up and coming artists. The Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place is just a short walk away. The Newling Centre provides a focus for performing arts and the resident New England Theatre Company tours regularly with professional productions. Numerous other theatres represent quality live performances, which have included in the recent past: Les Miserable, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Chicago, Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz, Pirate of Penzance, Music Man and Plague and the Moonflower, which performed at Woodford 2003. The Armidale Playhouse and UNE have regular performances throughout the year.  

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Before the British colonial settlement of New South Wales, the Indigenous Anēwan people occupied the area that encompasses current day Armidale. Armidale was first settled in the early 1830s, following the earlier exploration of the area by John Oxley. It was named after Armadale on the Isle of Skye in Scotland by George James MacDonald. MacDonald was the Commissioner of Crown Lands and head of the local Border Police detachment in the New England district from 1839 to 1848. Oxley recommended the region for grazing, and soon early pioneers set up small farms in the locality. The James Barnet-designed heritage-listed Armidale Post Office opened on 1 April 1843. The town, which was surveyed in 1848 and gazetted in 1849, was established to provide a market and administration for the farms, but soon after gold was discovered at nearby Rocky River and Gara Gorges, and a gold rush ensued, enlarging the town rapidly in the 1850s. The gold mining settlement of Hillgrove about 40 km east of Armidale was supplied by electricity from Australia's first hydro-electric scheme, the Gara River Hydro-Electric Scheme, remains of which are still visible on the Gara River below the Blue Hole at Castle Doyle. The nearby town of Uralla holds the grave of the famous Captain Thunderbolt – outlaw Fred Ward – who caused trouble in the area in the 1860s. As with Ned Kelly, the locals have adopted him as a larrikin hero and make the most of him as a tourist attraction. Armidale became a municipality in 1863 and was proclaimed a city in 1885.  

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Armidale is noted for the quality and variety of its retail outlets and for its convenience of parking. The Central Business District, located around the compact twin malls, has a range of boutiques with fine quality clothing in different styles, jewellery, silver, leather goods, antiques, arts and crafts and other collectables. The large shopping chains and a host of smaller stores provide exotic and essential items and during a busy shopping spree the outdoor coffee shops offer a continental atmosphere in which to relax. Fine restaurants provide both style and class, catering for those who prefer more sophistication. The city offers a rich heritage for those who are willing to walk. The cathedrals, churches and other buildings are set among handsome parks and gardens. Victorian architecture is a feature of many of the prominent structures, 35 of which are classified by the National Trust, giving this rural city an unique blend of beauty of various kinds.  

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Armidale is a relatively small but beautiful town in New South Wales, Australia, halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. Armidale is located in the Northern Tablelands and surrounded by enormous waterfalls and gorges, world heritage national parks, vineyards, and much more. The city also has a lot to offer in terms of culture and is home to many churches, museums, galleries and cathedrals. Whether it’s shopping, natural attractions, adventurous activities or simply relaxing and enjoying the beauty of this place - there will be something to do for everyone in Armidale.  

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Armidale perhaps enjoys a livelier nightlife than many towns of its size, due to the university student population. It has a selection of nearly 10 pubs to choose from. Each one has a nickname with the locals and students, and knowing the name on the door of the pub won't help you in conversation. Moving between two or three pubs in a night is not uncommon, and running into the same people at another pub later on happens.  

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The Armidale railway station is on the Main North railway line and is served by daily passenger trains to and from Sydney. Armidale's airport has five daily scheduled flights to and from Sydney with Qantaslink. Regional airline Fly Corporate operates a scheduled air service with flights to and from Brisbane.Armidale Airport, at 1,084 metres, is the highest licensed airport in New South Wales. The city is linked further north by daily coach to Tenterfield provided by NSW TrainLink. Other bus companies such as Greyhound also provide numerous daily services. Local city services are provided on six different routes by Edwards Coaches and Armidale is serviced by 16 taxis. Although the hills to the north and the south can be a challenge, cycling is an option to get around Armidale. A cycleway exists from the University of New England through the city to the residential areas on the eastern side of city. This cycleway snakes back towards Ben Venue School. The passage through the city provides easy access for cyclists to the shopping centres. Bicycle racks are in strategic locations around the city centre, including at The Armidale Food Emporium, The Armidale Plaza, and Centro Armidale. Places are also provided outside the Armidale Dumeresq War Memorial Library, and at either end of the Mall. A maze of marked cycleways on the shoulder of the roads in the city's southern residential areas allows cyclists to safely ride on the roads. There are also separate cycleways from the Armidale Arboretum along Kellys Plains Road to the south and from the north of the city along Rockvale Road to the Armidale State forest.  

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