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Armidale’s cover has been blown. No longer a sleepy country town, this buzzing urban centre with a thriving food and arts culture, impressive heritage collection, and majestic scenic surrounds, has been voted one of Australia’s hottest travel destinations for 2014*
There’s no better time of year to explore this charming town in NSW’s mid-north than autumn, when Armidale’s foliage flushes its famous display of golds, scarlets, oranges and purples, attracting nature lovers, photographers and petalheads all keen to enjoy mother nature’s paintbrush.
A driving holiday is the best way to enjoy this region of wide open spaces and plentiful natural attractions. The stunning stretch of road from Bellingen through to Armidale, known as the Waterfall Way, is one of the most scenic routes in NSW and makes a great alternative loop to the north-south coastal highway. Not that well known, it passes by New England National Park and Cathedral Rocks National Park, host to impressive waterfalls, spectacular gorges and great escarpment views. There are lookouts and walking tracks – whether you want to just dip into the area, or head off bush through wilderness areas. Better still, it’s all within easy distance of Armidale if you want to stay awhile.
Well known as a university town, the centre of Armidale is also home to a superb collection of Victorian, art nouveau and art deco heritage buildings. Jump on the free heritage bus tour from the Visitor’s Centre each day. The university students give this city/town an infectious friendly vibe with an impressive number of galleries, museums (including Australia’s most significant regional art collection), music gigs and theatre acts, plus a thriving food culture with a huge range of cafes and restaurants serving up sumptuous local ingredients.
*Australian Traveller Magazine January 2014.
Armidale YHA joins forces with Hertz Car Rentals
Armidale YHA has joined forces with Hertz Car Rentals, giving travellers without their own wheels the chance to discover this secret corner of NSW and see what makes it the hottest place in Oz this year, behind only WA’s Kimberley region and the Top End.
Travellers can now hire and drop off a range of compact, large, 4WD vehicles and even trucks from Hertz shopfronts at Armidale Airport and centrally-located Armidale Tourist Park YHA. One-way and return rentals are available and Hertz is the only hire company in Armidale that offers a zero damage excess.
Did you know YHA members receive special rates with Hertz?
Get 1 free day on weekend rentals (quote: PC#151970) or get 1 free day on renatals of 7 consecutive days or more (quote: PC#154184). YHA members should also quote CDP #1931326 for the best available rates. Conditions apply.
Base yourself at Armidale Tourist Park YHA. BOOK ONLINE.
39 Waterfall Way
(02) 6772 6470