Living in Armidale is easy to imagine. Imagine the beautiful
home that you would buy for a fraction of the cost of a
home in Sydney. Imagine getting to work in 5 minutes, with
no traffic jams to contend with. Think about your children
walking to school, just around the corner from your home
and not feeling worried. Imagine working in an environment
where you have the time to see your child receive an
award at school. Imagine not having to worry about water
restrictions and think how your garden will blossom. Living
in Armidale is not a figment of your imagination, it is an
everyday reality for thousands of people.
Armidale differs from most inland regional centres because
it has a long established university, transforming it from a
rural town to a sophisticated and cosmopolitan small city.
Through the University, TAFE, private and public schools
the city has become a significant education centre, creating
a wider range of jobs and business opportunities than
usually found in the country. It has a well educated and
diverse population who stimulate change and demand a
high standard of living.
There are 60 direct flights between Armidale and Sydney
each week and a daily train service. Armidale is serviced
by all major coach companies each day enroute to Sydney,
Melbourne and Brisbane. The coast is only two hours away
along one of the most beautiful scenic drives in Australia.
Armidale has the best regional art gallery in NSW outside
the main metropolitan cities with major collections
valued at over $40 million. The city has a twin cinema
which shows mainstream and art house movies. There is
the New England Conservatorium of Music, a Symphony
Orchestra, a Youth Orchestra, a biennial Bach Festival and
several choral groups. The Armidale Playhouse Theatre,
Armidale Musical Society, Stage One Theatre for Children
and the University of New England Department of
Theatre Studies perform regularly during the year.
The University of New England has established a Rural
Medical School with an intake of 60 students each year. As
a result the local health service has attracted more medical
specialists than ever before and the local hospital will be
upgraded for tertiary teaching purposes. A private hospital
is also located in the grounds of the public hospital.
The city has first class sporting facilities. For those who
like the outdoors there are hobby farms on the outskirts
of the city to follow rural pursuits, bushwalking in nearby
world heritage national parks, trout fishing, white water
rafting, sailing in Malpas Dam, Heli-fishing and abseiling.
As for business, there are many successful business
enterprises in Armidale related to university research
and education, to farming and grazing, professional
services, retail, manufacturing and information technology.
Many Armidale businesses are involved in thriving global
ventures. We welcome your interest and inquiries and
encourage you to come here to live and work.