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One of largest towns in the New England Area, Armidale is known as a university city, with the University of New England, several higher education colleges and a number of private schools. Surrounded by exhilarating mountain scenery the town is almost 10% parkland and has a number of impressive public buildings including the majestic Catholic Cathedral of St Mary which towers over Central Park.

The modern New England Regional Art Museum is regarded as the best provincial collection of Australian art. The folk Museum, housed in an old building dating back to 1863 is also worth visiting.

Situated high in the tablelands at 1070m Glen Innes is at the centre of farming area known as the "Land of the Beardies", named after two pioneers. This region is well known for producing the best sapphires in NSW and other gemstones which are extracted commercially as well as being found by the amateur fossicker. The town also has some beautiful parks, some of which line the willow bordered Rocky Ponds Creek and some well-cared for 19th century buildings, one of which contains the Land of the Beardies Folk Museum.

85km north-west of Tamworth on the Namoi River, Gunnedah is one of the largest centres for wheat and stock sales in Australia. Cumbo Gunnerah, the respected leader of the Gunnedarr people, immortalised in Ion Idreiss' book "The Red Chief", was burried here in the late 1700s. In 1984 a bronze sculpture was erected in his memory.

The first rural community in NSW to be lit by electricity (in 1881), Tamworth is regarded as the country music capital of Australia, hosting a annual country music festival in January which attracts thousands of fans to hundreds of different performances and the presentation of the national awards.

The town also has many attractions which include- The Gallery of Stars (waxworks); The Hands of Stone Corner Stone (hand prints); Tamworth Art Gallery which houses a good collection of paintings, Australian silver, and ivory figurines; and the Pyramid Planetarium north of town, where the solar system is reproduced in miniature

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