Tenterfield Things to Do

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    The biggest - Bald Rock

    by iandsmith Updated Feb 17, 2014

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    One of the amazing sights on Bald Rock
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    Bald Rock is touted as the largest exposed granite rock in the Southern Hemishpere.
    Rising 260 metres above the surrounding bushland you may be disappointed when you first arrive as it is almost invisible from the carpark.
    Though it's listed as 750 metres long and 500 metres wide it has an irregular shape. If you're just average fitness you should take the easy trail, all 2.5 kms of it, to the summit via pleasant scenery and some other interesting granite formations, albeit a little smaller. You will probably see some native wildlife en route in the form of wallabies, birds and maybe an echidna.
    Should you choose the other route, i.e., straight up the slope, you will have to pause half a dozen times as it is seriously steep. The only reason you can walk it is that the granite has excellent grip characteristics. Actually, if one is being pedantic, it's actually Stanthorpe Adamellite that the rock is made of.
    It's listed as a 3 hour hike; trust me, if it takes you this long you should have a fitness test or you're already in a wheel chair. It's about 20 minutes straight up and around an hour the long way.
    It's definitely a must-see if you're in the area and worthwhile driving the 20 minutes out of Tenterfield to see.
    It's well signposted and you can get details from the tourist centre.
    Other parks in the area are Boonoo Boonoo (good place to camp, waterfall only really works after rain), Torrington (some easy bushwalks and interesting native plants) and Kings Plains National Park (rugged terrain, good for bushwalking and birdwatching).

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    No 9, just follow the signs

    by iandsmith Updated Feb 17, 2014

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    Tourist Drive number 9 is a trip partly on bitumen, partly on dirt. What you get is a photographer's delight. This is some of the most photogenic granite country you'll see anywhere. In fact, it's been named Granite Drive.
    It's also called the Mount Mackenzie Drive. The first day I took it I took the Molesworth Street turn as indicated and then , three blocks down, the road was totally blocked for bridge reconstruction which necessitated a slight detour.
    Not to be deterred I plunged on and then came to the first "Tourist Drive 9" sign about 4 kilometres up the road. Trouble was, it was pointing back the way I had come. I then assumed it was for people going in the reverse direction, took a guess and ended up on a T-intersection that was clearly the wrong place to be.
    So I returned to the sign and ascertained that the prevailing gale force winds had turned it 90 degrees so I went of where I guessed it was meant to be pointing and got it right this time.
    Soon after the correct turn I got this shot, it was merely a precursor of what was to follow.

    The next time I went navigation was much easier but the wind was almost the same. However, digital cameras had arrived by this time and I managed to get many better shots.

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    Enjoy The Tenterfield Railway Museum

    by wise23girl Written Apr 13, 2012

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    So you will have no trouble finding the Museum as it is right in town and the helpfull volunteers have a 'meet and greet' sa soon as you walk in the door.

    The station was opened in 1886 and the last scheduled passenger train departed in 1988. In 2007 the Tenterfield Railway Precinct was placed under the control of the NSW Rail Heritage.

    If you read my Wooloongarra page you will find out more about the movement of troops on the inland train line in World War 11 as this line continues north but the troops had to change trains as the railway lines have a different guage between the states.
    How frustrating that must have been and still is to this day with different railway guages between the Australian states.

    There is a photo of the differences in guage if you care to look.

    There is heaps to see and you can go for a little stroll across the tracks to the barracks erected in 1886 for the train crew...peep through the window and observe how they lived in that era. I think there is dangerous material in the building so you are not allowed in.

    Other attractions include a Tool Display Room and Yard, Parcel Room and Model Railway Display, The Turntable, Crane, Diesel Rail Motor, Meat Wagon, Qld Sleep Wagon and much more. There is a souvenir shop of course.

    read the website for more information

    Open 9am to 4pm except Tuesdays......every day in school holidays.

    A small admission charge.

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    Check the Weather Forecast

    by wise23girl Written Jan 18, 2012

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    Not sure whether to pull out your woolies as you head further south into NSW? You have heard even in summer it can be cold on the tableland.

    So here is a sure fire way to know.

    Consult the Tenterfield Weather Rock.

    Weather Forecast
    ....if rock is.....
    Dry .............Fine
    Wet.............Rain
    White..........Snow
    Swinging.....Windy
    Jumping.......Earthquake
    Gone............Cyclone

    I know I know this is in the introduction but I just had to have a review on the page till I come back at easter...2012.

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    HISTORIC BUILDINGS - Tenterfield Saddler

    by balhannah Updated Oct 3, 2010

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    Probably every Tourist who knows and enjoys Peter Allens songs, would search out the Tenterfield Saddler's shop, the one that Peter Allen wrote and sung about.

    Peter Allen's Grandfather [George Woolnough], was the Tenterfield saddler for 52 years in this quaint blue-granite Saddlery on High Street. It used to be a meeting place for those who enjoyed a yarn and a chat, it was said, George would continue on working, listening but undisturbed by the chatter and opinions of his many friends who wandered in. No television back in those days!

    One famous customer was A. B. "Banjo" Patterson, Australias well known & loved Australian poet and author.
    "Banjo" lived in Tenterfield fo a short while and married a local girl, Miss Alice Walker of Tenterfield Station in 1903.

    For a time the Saddlery was the private home, then it was sold to another Saddler.
    The Tenterfield Saddlery was classified by the National Trust of Australia in 1972.

    The shop is still open and operating today. Good quality leather products are for sale. It is still mainly in its original condition. Inside, the ceilings and floors are wooden, and in places, patched with scraps of leather!

    Outside, this quaint old building, the notice says " No Standing, Horse drawn vehicles excepted."

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    VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

    by balhannah Updated Jul 13, 2010

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    Cute stuffed Merino sheep for sale
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    This is a must do for this town.

    The centre, would be about the best I have ever been into. Not only are the staff friendly & helpful, but there are plenty of pamphlets available for finding out about Tenterfield. Pick up the Historical walk pamphlet, as this town has over 100 heritage listed buildings to see.

    There are displays on what they do in the area, also displays on sheep farming and the Merino Wool, about the Wine in the area, how to visit Bald Rock National Park, plenty of different souvenirs, and you can learn a little about Peter Allen, Tenterfield's famous son.

    There are also wall maps of 10 fantastic drives to do in the area.

    Toilets are located here, and it is in the main street [Rouse street]......very easy to find.

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    BIRD WATCHING

    by balhannah Written Jun 23, 2010

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    Birdwatching guide for Tenterfield area

    The Tenterfield area is another good place for Bird watching. Without even trying, we saw lots of brightly coloured Eastern & Crimson Rosella Parrots on the road edge. In the National parks there is an excellent chance of seeing some of the rarer varieties.

    At the Visitor Information centre, I picked up my FREE BIRDWATCHING GUIDE for the area.
    It has a list of all the Birds and what areas you are likely to see them, and a map. In one list alone, there were 152 Bird varieties.

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    MOLESWORTH STREET COTTAGES

    by balhannah Updated Jun 23, 2010

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    Located opposite the Historic court house, are three National Trust listed Cottages, located at numbers....89, 91 and 93 Molesworth Street.
    These Cottages are well kept, and feature gable rooves, bay windows and are built out of timber.
    I did notice that one had a B&B sign out the front.

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    HISTORIC BUILDINGS

    by balhannah Written Jun 23, 2010

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    soldiers war memorial hall
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    Some more historic buildings were the .......

    Photo [1/2].....The Tenterfield & District Soldiers War Memorial........
    A nice building with a monument to Soldiers of the Boer War in the front. It is located next to the historic court House. It is located in Molesworth street, Tenterfield

    Photo [3].....Saddle & Harness Emporium
    It is now a Butcher's shop

    Photo [4]......TENTERFIELD STAR BUILDING
    In 1870, the Tenterfield Star newspaper" was founded. One of the Editors was Major J. F. Thomas, the solicitor who defended "The Breaker" Morant during the infamous Boer War court martial in South Africa. It looks rather rundown, and I noticed it was up for lease, so hopefully, somebody will buy, and restore it to its former glory.The building was erected in 1913 to house the local newspaper, and as a solicitor's office.

    Photo [5]...Old shops in the main street.

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    HISTORIC BUILDINGS - Hotels

    by balhannah Updated Jun 23, 2010

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    The Royal Hotel
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    There are a few different style of Hotels in town.
    One I thought was rather nice was the........
    Royal Hotel.....Photo [1]

    This Hotel was built in the 1840's, and was originally known as Georges Inn and was Tenterfield's first licensed premises in 1849.
    "The Royal", as it is known by the locals, for 150years, has been the meeting point of social meetings, and used as a venue for weddings.

    It is located across the road from the Tenterfield Saddler in High street.

    Photo [2].....former TENTERFIELD TRAVELLER HOTEL
    It was established in 1890 as the Exchange Hotel. Is located in the main street [Rouse St]

    Photo [3]......THE COMMERCIAL HOTEL
    Built in 1856, this building has not much going for it in the beauty stakes! The original hotel burnt to the ground in 1877, and the present hotel was rebuilt in 1940.
    Located in the side street, is an original horse trough.
    Located in Rouse Street.

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    HISTORIC BUILDINGS - Post Office

    by balhannah Written Jun 23, 2010

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    Tenterfield Post Office

    Another one of the beautiful Post Offices that you often find in Australian country towns.
    I find them beautiful, and they are usually kept painted and looking there best all the time. This one, is also built in the Italiante style, and has a lovely Clock Tower. It was built in 1881 and is listed by the National Trust.

    There was a 'daredevil' on the day the Post Office was completed.
    The son of the foreman, stood on his head on top of the tower!

    Now, that was something different to go down in history!

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    HISTORIC BUILDINGS - Police station - Courthouse

    by balhannah Updated Jun 23, 2010

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    Old Police Station & Lock - Up
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    Police Station, Courthouse & Gaol, ALL of these buildings are listed by National Trust and Australian Heritage.

    All of these buildings are located in the one area.
    The nicely painted courthouse (1882), is the 1st I came to, it has a glass skylight and is surrounded by trees that were planted in the 1880s, by a groom from Cobb & co.
    To the rear of the courthouse, facing Martin St, was the Gaol - Built in 1874, the original "lock up " cost Two Pounds, and the brick police and warden's residences, built in 1874.

    The Court of Petty Sessions was established in 1847 – the first case tried was for the crime of stealing a Tape measure!

    Near the front of the Courthouse, is an information board on the Historic Buildings in this area.

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    HISTORIC BUILDINGS - Sir Henry Parkes Memorial Sch

    by balhannah Updated Jun 23, 2010

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    Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Arts
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    Tenterfield is another town with a lot of history and historic buildings.

    As usual, I walked the town, viewing these lovely old buildings of "days gone by."
    Such different architecture back then! In the front of some, are descriptions about the building you are admiring, so,

    JOIN ME FOR A WALK AROUND TENTERFIELD

    Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Arts

    I started from the Visitor Information centre, and one of the 1st I came to was a National Trust building, the site of Sir Henry’s landmark Federation Speech on 24th October 1889.
    The property itself was founded as a working mans institute in the 1870’s.
    Hard to imagine, that this was originally built as a “reading room.”

    It was built combining a range of styles, ranging from its gothic outline to the Edwardian addition of 1913.
    Renovated in 2001 to mark the Centenary of Federation – the addition of a new Library featuring “The George Woolnough Wing”, Federation Museum and a Cinema/Theatre complex was built for the people of Tenterfield to enjoy in the future.

    This building commemorates the memory of one of Australia’s great statesmen and gives perhaps younger people a chance to understand the meaning and purpose of Federation.

    Inside, is the ceremonial wheelbarrow which was used by Parkes to carry the first sod of earth dug to commence work on some railways in Sydney, amongst other personal objects.

    OPEN daily....... 10am – 5pm.
    (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day)

    ADMISSION.....$5.00 adult.....$2.00 child
    National Trust members free

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    STANNUM HOUSE

    by balhannah Updated Jun 23, 2010

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    Stannum House

    Stannum House is one of those beautiful old houses, that every time we drive by, I comment on it. Always painted nicely, this rather large stately mansion was built in 1888 for John Holmes Reid a wealthy tin mining magnate and former Lord Mayor of Tenterfield, it was used as a family home for 50years.

    It has taken six and a half years to restore Stannum House, which is now used as bed and breakfast accommodation and a function centre. The building next door, Salisbury House (c.1878) was also included in the restoration.

    The third story of the 11-bedroom home was never completed. This has now been finished and a roof garden added. Features of the home include Italian marble fireplaces, hand-engraved glass windows, triple brick walls, granite surfaces and antiques, some of which have been donated back by the Reid family.

    It is believed that Stannum House was built with the hope that it would become the first government house in Australia, because at that time, John Reid was running for a Federal seat and Tenterfield was on the short list to become the national capital.

    Stannum House was used as a Camp hospital during 1942-44.

    The comment at the time was.....
    "The house is so much larger than was necessary for a family home, so it seems it was built with this political purpose in mind".

    Stannum House was sold by the Reid family in 1954 to a Greek fruiterer.

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    Australian Entertainer [PETER ALLEN]

    by balhannah Updated Jun 23, 2010

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    Peter Allen & his Maracas
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    Peter Allen was born Peter Richard Woolnough in Tenterfield, and at one stage, was married to Liza Minnelli, the marriage ended in divorce.
    After is death in June, 1992, his ashes were scattered out at sea.

    One of his very well known songs "The Tenterfield Saddler" is the story about his family.

    Peters father, Dick, became an alcoholic upon returning from World War II, and shot and killed himself when Peter was still young. George [grandfather] never understood, nor got over this devastating event.

    Peter wrote the song......Tenterfield Saddler.
    He wrote and sang some famous songs, like "I still call Australia Home" and "I go to Rio"

    The stage production of "A boy from Oz" about Peter Allen, and played by Hugh Jackman was a huge success.

    In the Visitor Information centre located in the main street of Tenterfield, they have Peter Allens costume and his Maracas, and you can read all about "their famous son."
    Hugh Jackmans signed shirt is on display.

    OPEN from 9.30am - 5 pm every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day

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