Our expansive and picturesque NEGS campus is situated in the New England city of Armidale, which has long been recognised as a significant centre of education with its university (UNE), excellent independent schools and TAFE. But as a regional centre, Armidale offers so much more – scenic beauty, rich history, stately architecture, a vibrant food and wine scene, boutique shopping and World-Heritage National Parks at its doorstep.
Situated half-way between Brisbane and Sydney in the scenic New England High Country, our city offers a base to explore the dramatic gorges and waterfalls of our nearby National Parks. Our city is also home to the highly regarded New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) and New England Conservatory of Music (NECOM) which contribute to the thriving arts and culture scene in the city. Set around 1000 metres above sea level, Armidale experiences a cooler climate and is known for its distinct seasons – the summers are mild, autumn is spectacular, winter is crisp and in spring the city is ablaze with colour. It also has excellent transport links with several flights to Sydney each day as well as coach services and a NSW CountryLink service to Sydney. Major coach companies also pass through the city each day en route to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The coast is only two hours away along one of the most beautiful scenic drives in Australia.
The New England region contains a number of outstanding natural beauty attractions boasting several World Heritage National Parks. Australia’s highest waterfall is at nearby Wolloomombi and the topography is dominated by wild river systems, gorges, waterholes, and waterfalls. The coast and its stunning beaches can be reached by following the ‘Waterfall Way’ through the colourful towns of Dorrigo and Bellingen.
Armidale differs from most inland regional centres because it has a long established university, transforming it over the last 80 years from a rural town to a sophisticated and cosmopolitan small city. It offers the nearest thing to a metropolitan lifestyle without the hassles. Through the University, TAFE, four private schools and fine 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.
Armidale has the best regional art gallery in NSW, NERAM, outside the main metropolitan cities with major collections valued at over $40 million. It has a twin cinema which shows mainstream and art-house movies. There is the New England Conservatorium of Music with more than 3,600 students, 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.