Armidale is a cosmopolitan and sophisticated city located in a picturesque rural setting on the doorstep of some of the most scenic national parks in Australia. Admire the region’s rugged beauty including the New England National Park, a World Heritage listed natural wonder or Wollomombi Falls (second Highest Waterfall in Australia). Walk the tree-lined streets and admire the grand cathedrals, heritage buildings and extensive parks and gardens. Home to the University of New England and the New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale is a cosmopolitan city with country hospitality. The best way to learn about the history of the city is to hop on board the Armidale Heritage Bus Tour for an entertaining 2.5 hour guided sightseeing jaunt that takes in the most important sites. Stylish cafes buzz with activity and serve up great coffee and regionally-inspired meals. Award-winning restaurants, clubs and pubs also offer a wide range of contemporary Australian and international cuisine. Where to stay depends on how far into the wilderness you’re prepared to go. You can, on one hand, descend into the wilderness gorge country to camp and shower under the waterfalls, or, on the other hand relax in a five star guesthouse with plump feather pillows, antique furniture, king sized beds and spa baths.