Come up and play and discover our spectacular national parks, cool climate vineyards, rich history, colourful characters and a fascinating and diverse cultural heritage.
Set deep in the heart of Australian Heritage, Tenterfield is surrounded by bushland and is the gateway to both the New England and Northern Rivers regions. Enjoying mild alpine summers, blazing red autumns with stunning-tree lined streets, sunny winter days followed by crisp winter nights and bright wildflower springs, you’ll find there’s always something inspirational going on in Tenterfield.
Tenterfield is the major centre of the region, and is surrounded by the villages of Drake, Jennings, Legume, Liston, Torrington, Mingoola and Urbenville – each as you will discover with their own unique characteristics.
The district is home to amazing national parks, beautiful rivers, waterfalls and creeks, as well as historical sights, attractions and museums, wineries, delicious food and great shopping.
For more information on where to stay, things to do and events, as well as the history of the district, visit the official Tenterfield Tourism website - www.tenterfieldtourism.com.au
Snapshot of Tenterfield
- Located on the NSW/QLD Border Tenterfield Shire is an easy 3 hour drive from Brisbane or the Gold Coast.
- Known as the ‘Birthplace of our Nation’, Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous Federation Speech in the Tenterfield School of Arts on 24th October 1889, which ultimately led to the Federation of all Australian States in 1901.
- Tenterfield is home to the largest Granite Monolith in the Southern Hemisphere – Bald Rock. Bushwalkers are rewarded with an expansive panoramic view at the summit, and at close to 1300 metres above sea level it feels like a remote ‘top of the world’ experience.
- Tenterfield is one of the country's most historically significant settlements through the preservation of many landmark building such as the School of Arts, Railway Station, Stannum House, the Tenterfield Sadder and Police Station and Goal.
- Australian Icon Peter Allen was born in Tenterfield, and immortalised the town in his song ‘Tenterfield Saddler’. The song was written about his grandfather George Woolnough, who was the Tenterfield Saddler for 50 years. The saddlery is located in High Street and is open on weekends.
Top 10 In Tenterfield
- Climb Bald Rock, the largest exposed granite monolith in Australia, and be rewarded with 360° views over the surrounding bushland.
- Experience the 4 seasons - discover the spectacular autumn colours as you wander around town and enjoy crisp winter nights as you warm yourself in front of a roaring log fire.
- Mix with the locals at one of the many great events Tenterfield & District has on offer.
- Wander through town and Uncover Tenterfield’s Rich Heritage at the preserved Railway Station, School of Arts and Centenary Cottage.
- Get Back to Nature and go camping, hiking, swimming or fishing while you discover World Heritage Rainforests, woodlands, gorges, granite formations, fern gullies and more.
- Jump on your bike and Ride the Great Divide - through granite countryside and national parks.
- Savour the grapes as you tour local wineries and indulge in popular varieties and delightful alternatives.
- Enjoy the greens and tee off at one of the finest country courses in Australia.
- Explore Granite Country and marvel at the formations of the Doctors Nose, Small Bald Rock and Draining Rock on the Mt Mackenzie Scenic Drive.
- Pack a picnic and enjoy a spectacular New England High Country Sunset from any of the wonderful vantage points around the region.
Tenterfield Visitor Information Centre
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.30 pm
Saturday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Sunday 10.00 am to 2.00 pm