Armidale: Old and New England

Halfway between Sydney and Brisbane – Armidale, in the New England region, is a city overloaded with cultural charm. From gorgeous colonial buildings to grand cathedrals, there’s lots of old stuff but it’s the new that’s got us a bit excited!

You don’t have to be a student to walk the paths of the University of New England. Head out there to wander round or step on board ARDI – the free driverless bus – to experience what could be the future of public transport!

There are free tours through Booloominbah – the grand residence at the heart of the university – and a brand new Natural History Museum where you can discover collections or maybe even get “hands on” in one of the Master Classes. Ever wanted to learn about taxidermy? Here’s your chance!

Back in town, Armidale’s oldest hotel is now the newest….the 165-year-old Tattersalls has had a beautiful renovation – recreating the art deco style of the era. But it’s definitely not retro in the restaurant! French Chef Jean Luc Morcellet is plating up extraordinary modern cuisine.

Mike’s suggestion? “Go the Wagyu”!

Read more on Booloominbah Historic House here.