Approximately half way between Sydney and Brisbane and two hours inland, it is Australia’s highest city, with an altitude of around 1000m. A short distance to the east of Armidale are heavily forested steep gorges which drop down to the eastern coastal plain. With outstanding natural beauty, scientific interest and challenging terrain, they have long been a natural playground for many of the adventure and leadership programs offered at The Armidale School. Armidale’s elevation gives it a mild climate, with pleasant warm summers, extended spring and autumn seasons, and ‘log-fire’ winters with some frosty nights. With four distinct seasons, it deserves the moniker ‘New England’, and autumn colours are a notable feature of the city.
Armidale was founded in the 1840s initially as a town to support pioneering farming families in the wool and cattle industries.In 1885 Armidale was proclaimed a city. It is a cathedral city, being the seat of the Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops of Armidale. With its grand architecture and impressive cathedral spires that dominate the Armidale skyline, it is one of the most beautiful cities in NSW.[/half ]