Discover a unique natural playground.
Nestled along the Great Dividing Range a mere five hours north of Sydney, is the picture perfect New England High Country. The region boasts spectacular waterfalls, gorges, rivers, world-heritage national parks, cool-climate vineyards and a fascinating and diverse cultural heritage. At around 1000 metres above sea level, New England High Country offers a truly evocative and unique experience with four distinct seasons.
Historic charm and idyllic settings abound in the city of Armidale and towns Guyra, Walcha, Uralla, Glen Innes and Tenterfield. Visitors can discover a selection of fascinating galleries and museums, as well as more than a few top quality restaurants, cafes and eateries. Each town also hosts their fair share of exciting events throughout the year, from festivals, music shows and theatre through to markets, book fairs, major sport events and everything in between.
The New England High Country offers a bounty of treasures, and they’re just waiting to be discovered.
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Cities and towns in New England High Country
Explore New England High Country and discover a home away from home. No journey through the picturesque New England High Country is complete without stopping in at some of the region's quaint, unique and wholly fascinating towns. Here you'll find a list of all New England High Country's cities, towns and townships, all of which have their own story to tell. ARMIDALE DUMARESQ Armidale is the capital country of New England High Country, and it sits right in the heart of the region, making it the perfect launching pad for your New England adventures. Armidale Kellys Plains Dangarsleigh Wollomombi Hillgrove GLEN INNES SEVERN Boasting a rich Celtic history, the Glen Innes area truly embodies the essence of the highlands. Glen Innes Emmaville Deepwater Wellingrove Glencoe Red Range Stonehenge GUYRA Situated on the uppermost plateau of the Great Dividing Range, the Guyra district offers a friendly and vibrant atmosphere amidst an array of wonderful natural attractions. Guyra Ben Lomond Wandsworth Tingha Black Mountain Ebor Llangothlin GWYDIR Located on the cusp of the Queensland border, the region of Gwydir offers a lot more than meets the eye. Bingara Warialda Coolatai INVERELL Situated in a picturesque valley beside the Macintyre River, the Inverell region boasts an impressive selection of tourist attractions, historic sites and quality dining options. Inverell Gilgai Yetman Delungra Stannifer Elsmore Bukkulla Ashford Bonshaw Wallangra Graman Oakwood Mount Russell TENTERFIELD Located in the most northern reaches of the New England High Country, the Tenterfield area is a lush and friendly region with ample to offer inquisitive travellers. Tenterfield Bolivia Sandy Flat Stannum URALLA Arguably the foodie capital of New England High Country, Uralla boats an array of cool climate wineries and quality eateries, as well as a fascinating history. Uralla Invergowrie Yarrowyck Kingstown Bundarra Kentucky Wollun WALCHA Located at the southern end of New England High Country, is a haven of natural beauty and old world charm. Walcha Walcha Road Niangala Nowendoc
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New England Scenic Gorge Flight, Fleet Helicopters
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The Commercial Boutique Hotel Restaurant and Craft Beer Bar, Tenterfield
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The Goldfish Bowl Bakery, Armidale
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Getting to New England High Country
Situated within a day's drive of Sydney, experiencing the wonderful New England High Country is easier than you may think. New England High Country is the ideal getaway for a scenic long weekend. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that it is well equipped to cater for guests coming by road, rail or air. BY CAR Walcha is the southern most town in New England High Country, and is located 418km north of Sydney along the Pacific Highway and Thunderbolts Way. The journey from here to the region's northernmost town, Tenterfield, stretches 252km one way, and makes for a truly enjoyable touring itinerary. The heart of New England High Country, Armidale, is a five and three quarter hour drive from Sydney. If you are coming from Brisbane, Tenterfield is a three hours drive south along the National Highway A15 and the New England Highway. BY AIR Numerous flights operate each day between Sydney and Armidale, courtesy of QantasLink and Regional Express Airlines, making it easy to access the capital of the New England region. BY RAIL If you have more time on hand and want to take the scenic route to New England High Country, why not take the train? NSW TrainLink operates a daily service between Sydney and Armidale that takes about eight hours, while trains operate from Armidale to Glen Innes, Inverell, Guyra and Tenterfield.
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Best Western Cotswold Gardens Armidale
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Cheyenne Wilderness Farmstay
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