The University of New England is a destination option for students who want to get off the beaten path and go somewhere different. UNE was the first Australian university established outside a state capital city and has a reputation as a leader in research and academic innovation.
Armidale’s population of approximately 26,000 makes it easier to join clubs and organisations, and become part of the community. The city’s sporting facilities include a golf course, tennis clubs, outdoor and indoor (heated) swimming pools, gymnasiums, and sailing, bushwalking, orienteering and canoeing/kayaking clubs. There are also many local sporting teams to participate in.
Armidale is also close to some of NSW's National Parks, including Warrabah, Cathedral Rock, Guy Fawkes River, Oxley Wild Rivers and New England. Many students enjoy weekend getaways to these nearby national parks. Armidale is a 2.5 hour drive to the coastal city of Coffs Harbour and the beaches of the north coast of NSW.
Daily flights, trains and buses operate to and from Sydney. The New England Highway, a major road between Brisbane and Sydney, runs through Armidale.
Location: Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
City Population: 26,000
University Population: 21,000
Climate: Armidale's elevation gives it a milder climate, but the summers are still very warm. Winters are short, but cool.
The presence of four distinct seasons, unlike most of the rest of Australia, is the reason for the "New England" name and the autumn colours are a notable feature of the city.
Nearest airport: Armidale Airport
University Website: http://www.une.edu.au/