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Armidale is a university town in rural northern New South Wales (a state of Australia). Situated about halfway between Sydney (the capital of New South Wales) and Brisbane (the capital of another Australian state, Queensland) on the New England Highway, Armidale is home to the University of New England.
Armidale Airport is a short drive in your car hire from Armidale central business district . in fact only eight kilometres. Armidale Airport is the highest licensed airport in New South Wales at a height of 1084 metres. But Armidale is well serviced by train and coach, so get there however you can but get a car hire to see the sites while you.re there!
Close to Armidale is the town of Uralla, home to the 1860s bushranger Captain Thunderbolt. Although an outlaw, as with Ned Kelly in Glenrowan, the locals have adopted Thunderbolt . a.k.a. Fred Ward . as a bit of a larrikin hero. Formed originally as an outpost to the University of Sydney in 1938, the University of Armidale became a university in its own right in 1954.
The university is one of the town.s main employers, and is built around the old home of Booloominbah, which dates back to 1888. It is now home to the Vice Chancellor of the university, and several other administrative offices, as well as a restaurant. The Canadian architect John Hunt, who designed Booloominbah, also designed the Saint Peter.s Anglican Cathedral, making Armidale a cathedral city.
Grab your car hire and head to one of the shopping centres in Armidale, or the Mall, which was the first of its kind in regional Australia. Opened in 1973, it stretches for three blocks along Armidale.s main street, Beardy Street, named for the two founders of the town (who had beards). Notable musician and entertainer Peter Allen hailed from Armidale.