Armidale is a city of about 20,000 people on the New England Tableland. The residential area is hilly and elevation varies around 1000 metres.
We had a quiet time during our visit with visits to the main shopping mall and to the three shopping centres (one IGA, one Coles and one Woolworth/Big W) adjacent to the long established shopping area. Armidale's shopping precinct is being extended and stretched by the new shopping centres. One of them is so new it is still under construction. It will be interesting to see whether Armidale's population can support so many retail businesses in coming years.
The newest shopping centre has reduced artificial lighting in the underground car park to the point that the car park was gloomy, unpleasant and unattractive. Whether this was an attempt to reduce electricity costs was not clear but it did make that shopping centre unattractive.