Tenterfield is the ideal place for a country escape, steeped in living history and natural delights. Whether you are interested in colonial architecture, National Parks, stunning scenery, magnificent museums, award winning wineries, local villages, artisan markets, galleries, iconic shopping, workshops to ‘feed the soul’, bushrangers, war history, swimming holes, an award winning Golf Course, fishing, bushwalking, cycling, canoeing, fishing, motorbike riding and horse riding, right down to Australia’s oldest cork tree.
Architecture dating back to colonial days and famous historical figures paint the picture of Tenterfield - a New England town steeped in history. It boasts activities and things to see and do that other towns of its size and profile can only dream of.
One of the most charming features of Tenterfield is seeing history reflected in its colonial buildings, which abound in the town. You can discover Tenterfield via the Soundtrails app, a self-guided audio stories on your smartphone, simply by downloading the Soundtrails app.
The Tenterfield Saddler (High Street), is an essential place to visit to step back in time and admire the leather-making and tradition of this town icon. There has only been five saddlers since 1870. Needless to say, this is the same name as the iconic song that Peter Allen composed and sang. Tenterfield is the birth place of Peter Allen and the Tenterfield Saddler retail shop is an excellent place to visit.
The Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts Museum features a significant collection of Federation memorabilia. The Centenary Cottage Museum consists of the Cottage Museum, General Sir Harry Chauvel Gallery, Petrie Pioneer Cottage and various examples of machinery from a bygone era. The Tenterfield Railway Museum is a rare survival of something that was once common through NSW. It is an almost intact 19th century railway precinct. Many of the original features are still in working order.
Historic Stannum House, built on the highest point in town, is a perfect example of Victorian era grandeur. Many notable visitors, including Banjo Patterson, have stayed here. It showcases the remarkable restoration work of a property that also features marble fireplaces and cedar spiral staircases.
Stately Poplar and Oak trees line the streets in town. If you are lucky enough to visit during Autumn, you will be treated to a spectacle of colour as the trees change to gold and ruby. Combined with the backdrop of traditional homesteads and rugged countryside, Tenterfield is an enchanting place to visit.
There are many National Parks which offer great walks and our famous granite rock known as Bald Rock, which is a great climb.
There is also a fine selection of wineries nearby where you are able to taste and buy at cellar door prices.
The town also hosts major events throughout the year. Bush Poets, Food & Wine, Wintersong, German Beer Fest, and Cracker night are very popular with the many visitors to the area.
Centenary Cottage: www.tenterfieldtourism.com.au
Railway Museum: www.tenterfieldrailwaymuseum.com.au
School of Arts: www.henryparkestenterfield.com
Stannum House: www.stannumhouse.com.au
Tenterfield Saddler: www.tenterfieldsaddler.com
Tenterfield Council: www.tenterfield.nsw.gov.au
Captain Thunderbolt: www.halenet.com.au/~jvbryant/thunderb.html
George Woolnough: www.traveller.com.au/follow-the-music-1hc47
Henry Parkes: www.federationstory.com/sir-henry-parkes
Major JF Thomas: www.australiansatwar.gov.au
Breaker Morant: www.nprsr.qld.gov.au db.anu.edu.au/biography/morant-harry-harbord-breaker-7649
Sir Michael Bruxne: www.parlpapers.sl.nsw.gov.au
General Henry Chauvel: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/P10676556
Light Horse: www.lighthorse.org.au\