If you only do one thing when you stay in Armidale, my advice would be to get up before dawn and make your way to Point Lookout in the New England National Park (about an hour and a half’s drive) for sunrise.
I was lucky enough to meet local “nature enthusiast” Heath Milne, who wanted to share one of his favourite places.
The lookout is perfectly positioned, offering panoramic views across World-Heritage Rainforest to the ocean in the distance.
Once part of Gondwana Land, the way the mist in the valley turned from orange to pink as the sun erupted in the distant horizon, then floated across the cascading ranges below us, was ethereal. The sound of the birds echoing through the valley, The gentle breeze of the wind rustling the trees.
With a rich Aboriginal cultural heritage, and dozens of walking tracks to explore, I know I’ll be back for more. Words cannot do this place justice.