Tenterfield Travel Guide

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Tenterfield Things to Do

  • The biggest - Bald Rock

    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...

  • No 9, just follow the signs

    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 ,...

  • Enjoy The Tenterfield Railway Museum

    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...

  • Check the Weather Forecast

    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...

  • HISTORIC BUILDINGS - Tenterfield Saddler

    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...


    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 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...


    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.


    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, TenterfieldPhoto [3].....Saddle & Harness EmporiumIt is now a Butcher's...


    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...


    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...

  • HISTORIC BUILDINGS - Police station -...

    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...

  • HISTORIC BUILDINGS - Sir Henry Parkes...

    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 TENTERFIELDSir Henry Parkes Memorial School of...


    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...

  • Australian Entertainer [PETER ALLEN]

    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...

  • There's one in every town

    Returned Servicemens Clubs and buildings are often a feature in Australian country towns.I was actually interested in a Federation-style house across the road (see elsewhere) when I took time out to come and view the memorial. I found the inscriptions below the statue quite poignant.When I read them I quickly call to mind some young person from the...

  • More from number 9

    This tree is more than just a tree. It is actually riddled with mistletoe. Mistletoe is a parasitical plant that will eventually kill the host tree.It is transported from tree to tree by the mistletoe bird. The mistletoe bird eats the seeds of the mistletoe, can't get rid of them properly and so wipes its backside on the branch of the tree and...

  • School of Arts

    Every town worthy of the name had its "School of Arts". Most towns still have them though many are not used for their original purpose.This is Tenterfield's. The reason most of them are still standing is because they were usually significant and attractive buildings.

  • The Railway Station

    The Railway Station is now a museum, like much of the country railway system; rather unfortunately in my view.The buildings have been beautifully restored as evidenced in this snap and there are internal and external displays of old and not-so-old trains and equipment.Early historical posters, rolling stock, turntable for the trains and other...

  • The golf course

    As golf courses go, I find it difficult to tell you how hard it is. Although I have played a couple of rounds here the course is so pretty, particularly in autumn, that I found myself constantly distracted (though there was that birdie I made on the twelfth).People from other countries will find this difficult to grasp but N.S.W. had poker machines...

  • Tenterfield Lodge

    Just down the road from the railway station is Tenterfield Lodge. This impressive two-storied building is located on the corner of the block that the slightly dilapidated looking caravan park is housed on.I feel safe in the assumption that it used to be a hotel when the railway was operational as every town had a pub within easy walking distance of...

  • Typical facade

    This is the type of shop front you are likely to see in many an old Australian country town. Nothing grandiose but with a little flurry above the awning to make it a bit more distinguished.There are a few shops here that used to flank the entrance to the arcade, now simply a Chinese Restaurant.

  • Letters please

    And, speaking of the Post Office (built 1881), here it is. This splendid building with its Italianate facade and Gothic tower with metal mansard roof is listed by the National Trust.The obelisk mentioned on the previous page is just out of frame on the right.This showy edifice is right in the middle of town and will certainly catch your eye.

  • Stannum House

    This building is the standout building in Tenterfield.It was originally built for John Holmes Reid, a man who made losts of money out of tin. There is a Bunyah Pine at the back of the house listed as the tallest in town but, even more interesting is the fact that the residence was used as a camp hospital during the Second World War. Today, you can...

  • Peter Allen et al

    "Time is a traveller, Tenterfield saddler, turn your head". Just a part of Tenterfield's most famous son's most famous song.............if you're from Tenterfield.This heart-rending rendition of how his hard working grandfather's hard work and generous nature over his lifetime led the town to ultimately name a library after him. His son,...

  • Almost, but not quite

    There is some granite around Tenterfield. A lot of granite. In fact, more exposed granite than you might find anywhere in Australia or the world.After Bald Rock, the largest outcrop in Australia, there is Draining Rock, a virtually unheard of (outside of Tenterfield) bold expanse of varied coloured granite that greets you as you round a corner...

  • Granite

    No sense in wasting all that granite lying around, although it is a bit tough to work with. This building is an example of how the local stone was utilized over a hundred years ago. If you look closely you will notice the polished black stone worked into various patterns crowning the building.


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  • Coffee and Food to Please

    Just a litle cafe in the main street of Tenterfield but 'trust me', we take our time and choose as best we can...we have been known to ,move on, if all the eating places in a town appear to be 'greasy spoon'.David sat and read the paper while I had a quick 'hair do' almost next door. We chose a 'healthy breakfast' of poached eggs, tomato, avocado...

  • Bad for the waistline!

    Walking along Rouse street, looking at the many historic buildings, I came across the Tenterfield Bakery. The sign said it was 'heated' and people were coming & going I had noticed, so in I went. No wonder it was doing business! A huge selection of very enticing Bakery lines that may add centimetres to the waist line, and a nice warm seating area...

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Tenterfield Shopping

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    by balhannah Written Jun 23, 2010

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    The visitor information centre at Tenterfield, would have to be one of the best!

    Gifts, and at very reasonable prices, if you can't find something here, then you must be hard to please!

    Lots of excellent Australian gifts, including Hand Painted tiles with Australian Wildlife & scenery, hand painted gift cards, soft toys including the Tenterfield Terrier & the Boxing Kangaroo, Wine, Jams, small Australian ornaments, usual mugs, Tshirts, keyrings, Akubra Hats, and much more, there really is something for everyone here.

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Tenterfield Off The Beaten Path


    On our scenic drive to Stanthorpe, after 12kms, we came to the Brown tourist sign, stating Thunderbolt's Hideout was located on the L/H side of the road.I did the walk, only a short one, I guess about 500metres return from the parking area. The area is full of colossal sized Granite boulders. This is where his hide out was, between two that formed...


    If you are heading to Queensland from Tenterfield this scenic tourist drive will take you along Mt. Lindesay road to Stanthorpe.We did this route for a change, and thoroughly enjoyed it . It would be nicer at a different time of the year, when the Trees had leaves, this aside, it still was nice. Nearer Tenterfield, we passed old farms, and then a...


    Bolivia is actually a locality on the Northern Tablelands between Glen Innes & Tenterfield.There are remains of the settlement that comprised of the former Bolivia Hotel, a disused post office, a disused railway siding and a community hall, there is signage that this is a heritage site.The settlement here was made by Edward Hurry who had spent some...


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