The New England District of New South Wales centres on its two major cities, Tamworth and Armidale, however the region spreads through the magnificent New England ranges and includes the towns of Tenterfield and Glen Innes to the north and out to Dorrigo and Walcha in the east. The New England is renowned for its impressive historical buildings. Early white settlement commenced around 1830 and there are vast numbers of national trust buildings located in the district. History reflects the struggle and hardships of early settlement and the establishment of pastoral industries.
The New England is home to some of Australia's most spectacular national parks, featuring pristine wilderness, rainforest and waterfalls. You can visit 17 different national parks in the New England district. Activities you can do in these national parks include bushwalking, camping, canoeing, fishing and bird watching. The parks are renowned for there trout fishing with both brown and rainbow trout being plentiful.Armidale accommodation is a great place to base yourself.
Everyone should take a trip into the Macleay- Apsley gorges and be enchanted by the spectacular scenery, waterfalls and unparalleled beauty. Among the best is the Wollombi gorge located 40km east of Armidale. The falls are the second highest in Australia - 220 meters. The Ebor falls are part of the Guy Fawkes River national Park and are 80 km east of Armidale along the waterfall way. Other waterfalls to be explored are in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park which boasts 13 major waterfalls, and the Dorrigo National Park with its impressive skywalk and cascading waterfall.
In the Tamworth hinterland there are also some must see locations and attractions. A day tour to Nundle with its picturesque mountain village type atmosphere and its magnificent mountain scenery is well worth a visit. The area experiences snowfalls during the winter adding to its charm. Lake Keepit is also a terrific destination for a family picnic, and a trip to the country races is a wonderful way to experience the country culture. Tamworth is home to the Australian Country music festival and this attracts most of the countries top artists. Accommodation in Tamworth is stretched to the limit during this time so book early!