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Armidale

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New England/Northwest | North Eastern NSW

A beautiful city in the New England high country, Armidale is a cosmopolitan university city with an active arts and cultural community.

B Grouping
RA2 / MM3

Location

Armidale is located 475 km (5 hr 45 min drive) north of Sydney, and almost the same distance south of Brisbane.

Surrounded by natural beauty including World Heritage listed national parks, Armidale is well known for its built heritage that includes impressive cathedrals, as well as being a centre for fine food and wine.

How to get there

Armidale Airport is serviced by two airlines, Regional Express (REX) and Qantas, who provide regular flights to Sydney. Fly Corporate provides regular flights to Brisbane.

NSW TrainLink provides a daily return service to Sydney.

Population

The population of Armidale is more than 23,000 people, their median age is 34 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 7% of the population.

Armidale is located within the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, this Health Planning Compass provides an overview of community health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

Armidale Hospital is a rural referral hospital with 93 acute care beds, six emergency department beds and two resuscitation bays. Services provided include anaesthetics, psychiatry, general medicine, surgery, day surgery, elective surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology, renal dialysis, oncology, chemotherapy, paediatrics and rehabilitation, intensive care and emergency. The hospital includes an 11-bed maternity unit, with two labour wards and two special care nursery beds. A community health service is also located on site.

The Armidale Hospital Redevelopment Project is set for overall completion in 2018, the project includes construction of a new building and refurbishment of existing buildings.

Armidale Private Hospital is a 30-bed facility that offers medical and surgical services, radiology, pathology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social worker, aged care assessment, pharmacy and dietetics.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Armidale.

Accredited GP practices

  • Armidale Medical Centre
  • Faulkner Street Medical Practice
  • Integral Health
  • Rusden Street Medical Practice
  • UNE Medical Centre
  • West Armidale Medical Centre

Doctor accommodation

West Armidale Medical Centre has a two bedroom fully furnished unit that may be available for rent, please contact the GP Synergy Rural Support Officer for details.

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing residents of Armidale are: higher education, hospitals, primary and secondary education, and social assistance services.
  • Education

Armidale is a significant education hub for the region, offering a diverse selection of schooling including independent, alternate and public schools. There are more than 10 primary schools located in Armidale and six high schools (including boarding schools). The New England Institute of TAFE, Armidale Campus and the University of New England are both located in Armidale.
  • Childcare

For young families Armidale offers a large range of childcare options suitable for children from six weeks to school age including occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school.
  • Shopping

As a major regional centre, Armidale provides shopping opportunities in two large shopping precincts that feature well-known national chains including Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and IGA supermarkets, Big W, Kmart, Harvey Norman, Target Country and Spotlight, as well as speciality shops from stylish boutiques to homewares.
  • Places of worship

Places of worship located in Armidale include Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Christian Family Centre, Christian Outreach Centre, Church of Christ, Jehovah’s Witness, Seventh Day Adventist and Uniting churches. There is also a mosque and Buddhist centre in Armidale.
  • Points of interest

Due to its elevation Armidale has four distinct seasons, the Armidale Autumn Festival is an annual event. Other major events include the Australian Wool Fashion Awards, New England Bach Festival and Annual Choral and Orchestral Weekend. There are many natural and heritage attractions in and around Armidale as well as community events including regular farmers markets.
  • Sporting activities

There are many indoor and outdoor sporting facilities in Armidale, for sports including basketball, table tennis, football, sailing, netball, hockey, athletics and swimming. Many clubs and teams have their own websites or social media pages. Armidale Regional Council maintains a community directory with information and contact details about some sporting groups.
  • Community groups and activities

There are a range of community groups in Armidale, including service clubs, volunteer associations and multicultural community groups. Armidale Regional Council maintains a community directory with information and contact details about many groups.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Armidale. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Armidale Regional Council, Armidale Express, Armidale Buy Sell Swap Trade and Armidale community noticeboard.