Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Armidale along with the rest of Australia. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Australia has restricted the entry of all travelers, with the exception of Australian nationals and permanent residents and their immediate family members, New Zealand nationals residing in Australia, diplomats accredited to Australia and residing in Australia and their immediate family members, and airline crew. Nationals of the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States), Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, American Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu can transit through Australia to a third country without a visa. The same applies to travelers who reside in the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, or New Caledonia. The onward flight must be within 72 hours of their arrival in Australia. If there are less than 8 hours between flights, travelers must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination. If there are more than 8 hours between flights, travelers must stay in mandatory quarantine at a state designated facility until the time of the departing flight. All travelers entering Australia must self-isolate for a period of 14 days from their arrival into Australia. If the duration of their stay is less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration. Airline crew who are nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate at their place of residence (or hotel) between flights, or for 14 days, whichever is shorter. Airline crew who are not nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate in their hotel on arrival until their next flight. Nationals of Australia are not allowed to travel out of Australia, except for people who regularly reside in another country, airline and maritime crew, freight personnel, offshore facility personnel, government personnel, and Australian Defence Force personnel. . If you are looking to book a trip to Armidale and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about travelling during COVID-19.
Armidale, located in the northern tablelands of New South Wales, is a sophisticated city full of charm. Housed in Armidale are two cathedrals, a university (University of New England) and many great restaurants, shops and museums for visitors to explore. In addition, Armidale is surrounded by four national parks, resulting in some beautiful, jaw-dropping scenery.
Armidale has a lively pedestrian mall, which stretches across three blocks, where the locals and students spend their time. Cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops cater to students and residents, and there are plenty of historical sites to see, including the noted Art Deco building Tattersalls Hotel, Armidale Courthouse, the Post Office, the New England Hotel and the former Commonwealth Bank. The New England Regional Art Museum on Kentucky Street has the Hinton Collection; 1,200 pieces of art that has been described as the only complete collection of Australian art in the country.
Near Armidale, there are several World-Heritage listed national parks such as New England National Park and Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.
May and October are busy months in Armidale due to the University of New England Graduation period. January, May and October are also busy months for festivals, such as the New England Wool Expo, New England Bach Festival (biennial) and the Armidale Women’s Comedy Festival. The Autumn Festival is another popular annual event that takes place in April.
The winter months (June to August) are, in general, the low season.
Car hire and taxi services are available at Armidale Airport.
The centre of Armidale is best enjoyed on foot. There are bicycle lanes – and lots of great biking trails – if you would like to power your own way. There is a bus service (Edwards) which travels between the town centre and the university, but by far the best way of seeing Armidale and the countryside is by car.