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New England, Australia

Find the best place to stay — New England

Idyllic farmland in New South Wales

Tucked into the northern regions of New South Wales, the rolling green hills and scenic plateaus of this picturesque rural area led British settlers to name it New England in 1839 after it inspired thoughts of home. Impossibly green countrysides, winding country roads, and picturesque churches surrounded by oak trees will make you feel as if you've stepped into a postcard at your New England vacation rental. A far cry from city life, the region is best known for sheep and cattle grazing, timber cutting, and mining of precious stones like diamonds, emeralds and sapphires.

Set out on a classic Australian bushwalk

Farmland isn't the only nature on tap in New England. If you've come to Australia to enjoy some beautiful bushland walks, you're in luck. A New England vacation rental puts you on the doorstep of countless national parks offering unrivaled scenery and endless hiking trails. Many are home to breathtaking gorges, swimming holes, and waterfalls, as well as opportunities for some rugged kayaking. If you can't make it all the way to the remote Outback, try a visit to Bald Rock National Park, dubbed the Ayers Rock of New South Wales.

From picturesque parks to honky-tonk life

For a break from all the nature and a taste of civilization, head to New England's two main towns of Armidale and Tamworth. Home to several city parks, Armidale is also a perfect base for exploring Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, featuring some truly spectacular gorges and scenery. Country music aficionados will want to opt instead for a New England vacation rental in Tamworth, a town devoted to the genre. Here you'll find several country music museums and memorabilia at every turn. Brush up on your two-step for their annual country music festival, held every January.

Experience all four seasons to the fullest in New England

Much like its American counterpart, Australia's New England experiences a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions. The summer months of December to February can see very warm days, but cool or even cold nights, plus thunderstorms that bring heavy rains and hail. The winter months of June to August are known to see below-freezing temps and frosts, but crisp, sunny days. The frosts can continue well into October, making spring the least predictable season. The autumn months are a local favorite thanks to warm days and vibrant yellow leaves, peaking in March and April.

Plenty of parks, and, of course, kangaroos

When it comes to nature, Australia's New England region has more than enough to go around. The area counts a whopping 27 national parks and over 30 nature reserves - enough to make even the most jaded urbanite unplug and enjoy the scenery. While the region is dominated by plateaus, there are also several mountains topping 3,000 feet, plenty of farmland, and an impressive number of deep gorges and cascading waterfalls. And, of course, no trip down under would be complete without kangaroos, which you'll find along with other Aussie staples like wallabies, wombats, and kookaburras, to name a few.