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Information for Visitors

A picturesque city in the beautiful New England high country, Armidale charms with colonial heritage, fine museums and galleries, and delicious food and wine and is home to the University of New England. Located on the Northern Tablelands of NSW, Armidale is a base for a rich agricultural production especially beef cattle, wheat, cotton and wool.

As a result of this agricultural base, the region features world-standard research facilities in the three geographic areas based around the centres of Armidale, Tamworth and Narrabri. These facilities support the production of high-standard products and processes and ensures the region is visited by scientists from all around the world to see the latest developments in agriculture.

Conference Venue

The main venue for the conference, the University of New England (UNE) is located a short drive from the city centre. The venue for SMARTBEEF 2017 is the Education Building (E007), which is located on the Academic Campus. Parking is available on campus via the Northern and Eastern carparks.


Getting to Armidale is easy. On the New England Highway, halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, you can travel to Armidale by road, train or air.


Armidale is on the New England Highway, which is the excellent inland route between Sydney and Brisbane. Driving time from Sydney or Brisbane is around 5.5 to 6.5 hours (depending on your route) and less than 3 hours from the coast. If you’re coming from the coast, enjoy one of Australia’s best drives across the Waterfall Way.


The Countrylink service includes the Central Coast, Newcastle, Muswellbrook, Singleton and Tamworth.


Greyhound buses service the region.


Armidale Airport is only 8 km from Armidale’s city centre. Use the taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip northeast along the New England Highway. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport.

QANTAS has several flights to and from Armidale each day.

Regional Express provides three services a day from Sydney to Armidale.

Fly Corporate flys 12 times per week between Brisbane and Armidale.


Pay for Parking operates on campus Monday – Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.

There is a parking machine located in the Lower Eastern car park from which the conference attendees can purchase a parking ticket. There are 146 parking spaces in the Lower Eastern car park which is the most convenient location for conference delegates to park. Click here for a map of parking options at UNE.

The cost of Visitor parking on campus is $1 per hour or $8 per day.  However, a 7xday ticket option is also available at a cost of $15 per ticket which would be the most economical option for delegates requiring two or more days parking. The parking Machines accept payment in the form of coins & credit cards (Notes are not accepted).

Map of Armidale / UNE


The Armidale region boasts a wide variety of accommodation options catering to all needs and budgets, from motels to caravan parks, B&B’s, hostels, farm stays and fully self-contained luxury apartments.

We’ve reached out to the following accommodation providers and they will be more than happy to assist you in arranging your accommodation needs. Contact details are included below.


Abbotsleigh Motor Inn

02 6772 9488


Acacia Motor Inn

02 6772 7733


All Seasons Motel

02 6772 9800


Alluna Motel Armidale

02 6772 6226


Armidale Motel

02 6772 8122


Armidale Pines Motel

02 6772 0625


Best Western Cotswold Gardens

34 Marsh Street


Cedar Lodge Motel

02 6772 9511


City Centre Motor Inn

02 6772 2351


Club Motel

02 6772 8777


Country Comfort

02 6772 8511


Deer Park Motor Inn

02 6772 9999


Econolodge Hideaway

02 6772 5177


Elite Motor Inn

02 6771 5377


Estelle Kramer Motor Inn and Apartments

02 6772 5200


Mary White College, UNE

UNE Accommodation Portal


Moore Park Inn

02 6772 2358


New England Motor Inn

02 6771 1011


Quality Hotel Powerhouse

02 6772 7788


Sandstock Motor Inn

02 6772 9988


Westwood Motor Inn

02 6772 8000


White Lanterns Motel

02 6772 5777