Armidale is a city in the Northern Tablelands, New South Wales, and is the administrative centre for the Northern Tablelands region.
The population of Armidale is 22,468 of which 52.6% are Females and 47.4% are Males. Armidale has an indigenous population of 1467 (6.6%) and the median age is 34.
Armidale is located in the Hunter, New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECCPHN). This fact sheet provides an overview of the community profile for the HNECCPHN.
Resting high on the Northern Tablelands, Armidale is the most cosmopolitan NSW city outside Sydney. Armidale is situated on the New England Highway, 567km north of Sydney (480km if you go via Thunderbolt’s Way, through Gloucester), 467km south of Brisbane and approximately 170km inland from the coast.
With the established University of New England, TAFE, as well as a range of fine independent, alternate and public schools, Armidale has become a significant education centre, transforming Armidale from a rural town to a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city.
Armidale has an airport which is services by two airlines. Qantaslink delivers daily return flights from Armidale to Sydney. Regional Airlines (REX) also delivers daily return flights from Armidale to Sydney, except for Thursdays.
NSW TrainLink provides one return service daily from Armidale to Sydney.
The major sources of employment in Armidale are:
- Education and Training
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Retail Trade
- Accommodation and Food Services
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Armidale Rural Referral Hospital is a 93 acute care bed, 6 emergency department beds plus 2 resuscitation bays. Services provided include anaesthetics, psychiatry, general medicine, surgery, day surgery, elective surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics, rehabilitation gymnasium and hydrotherapy pool, intensive are and emergency.
Also on site is a renal dialysis unit (limited care), oncology unit, palliative care, coronary care unit, radiology, pathology, pharmacy, pre-admission clinic, chemotherapy, pain clinic, operating theatres, orthopaedic/fracture clinic, stress testing, geriatric assessment unit, occupational therapy, social worker and patient transport.
A Community Health Service (Allied Health) is located on site, however, is managed separately.
The Hospital is used by the University of New England’s Rural Medical School Students and tutors and attracts a strong contingent of medical specialists.
Armidale Private Hospital is a 30 bed facility owned by Ramsey Health Care. Armidale Private Hospital offers medical and surgical services, all of which are supported by a full range of support services including radiology, pathology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social worker, aged care assessment, pharmacy and dietetics.
Armidale is supported by NSW Ambulance service.
West Armidale Medical Centre has a two bedroom fully furnished unit in close proximity to the medical practice which may be available for rent for registrars relocating to Armidale.
Armidale’s excellence in education is well recognised and has a diverse selection of schooling.
Armidale has 5 public primary schools, 2 Catholic primary school, 1 Presbyterian Primary Ladies College, 1 private primary day and boarding school and 1 Aboriginal Primary School. Armidale also accommodates an alternate school (Waldorf-Steiner Primary School).
Armidale has 2 public high schools, 1 secondary Catholic College, 1 secondary Presbyterian Ladies College, 1 private secondary day and boarding school) and an Anglican day and boarding school for girls.
For young families the Armidale region offers a wide range of options suitable for children from 6 weeks to school age, for occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school. For more information on childcare options within Armidale, please click here.
As a major regional centre Armidale is a shopper’s delight. It features two large shopping precincts featuring most of the well-known national chains including Woolworths, Big W, Kmart, Target Country, The Coffee Club, Spotlight, IGA supermarket and boasting over 40 speciality shops from stylish boutiques to homewares.
Armidale also has Coles and Aldi supermarkets, Harvey Normans, Bing Lee as well as market places and shopping malls.
Places of worship located in Armidale include Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Christian Family Centre, Christian Outreach Centre, Church of Christ, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Jehovah’s Witness, Presbyterian, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventist and Uniting churches.
As a very large regional town with a picturesque history, Armidale has a lot on offer. Heritage buildings, grand cathedrals, make Armidale a picturesque base for exploring Cathedral Rock National Park, Blue Hole Picnic Area, Dangar, Wollomombi and Ebor Falls, New England National Park, Gara Gorge Lookout and Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve plus the many walking tracks that are located within the New England, Armidale region.
Amid the old world grace of this historic town is a flourishing arts and cultural scene that includes many fine museums and galleries including the New England Regional Art Museum and Armidale and Regional Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place. There are also a wide range of recreational sporting clubs and activities on offer.
Armidale has a Petersons Winery and restaurant, Thunder Ridge Winery and Merilba Estate Cellar door or, if you don’t feel like driving, you can take the Guided Heritage Bus Tour, which will take you on a two and half historical journey through Armidale.