Natasha here, I have spent this week at the Tenterfield Visitors Centre for work experience. In this week I have learnt about many things involving Tenterfield and Tourism. I have learnt that people do not just travel through Tenterfield for the fun of it, but because of the many websites, accompanies and advertising the people in the Tourism section of the council do to show the world where Tenterfield is. The many things I have done at the visitor center has shown me that there is another side to the world.
The reason I am writing this blog is show the world that yes, Tenterfield has Bald Rock and Boonoo Boonoo National Park but we also have the small but beautiful places. There are many places that get taken for granted. These places are just another place for the locals and not many of them have just stop for a moment to admire them.
The Tenterfield Bird Sanctuary is a beautiful and important part of Tenterfield. Yes, not many locals would know where it is, but it is there. The bird sanctuary is a park where many different birds live and where you can find out about different wildlife, by the information podiums around the Sanctuary. The paths in the Sanctuary are just dirt tracks outlined by rocks so the area looks almost untouched. When you are in the Sanctuary all you can hear is the chirping of the many birds. This makes you feel like you are in your own world. The bird sanctuary is looked over, but you should definitely visit it. It is a hidden beauty of this small but beautiful town.
There are many historical sites in Tenterfield. Like The School of Arts or the Tenterfield Saddler. There are many more, and there are also some that are not very known. Two that you may not know of are the London bridge army camp or the London Bridge.
The London Bridge Army Camp was a large army camp in World War Two. The camp was located just out of Tenterfield. The camp held troops that had returned from the Middle East and were camped here before they went to New Guinea. The camp had about 10 000 troop camped there. I went to the TSR (Travelling Stock Route) where the camp was located and looked around for a bit. There are a few ruins left. One of the ruins is believed to have once been the bathroom and there are a few ruins that are believed to be oil holes. The rest of the camp would not have been made out of stone so sadly does not remain. The ruins are not much but they are something.
The London Bridge was put there to be the last defense in World War Two. The bridge’s purpose was to stop the tanks if they got past the Tank Traps. The London Bridge has great history and so does the Army Camp but not many people know this. Before this week I did not even know that the bridge existed. I also learnt about the Scout Hall which was move three times in its life. It was built in Wallangarra pre-World War II and used as a grain storage shed. Then moved to the London Bridge Army Camp and used as the Drury Lane Theatre during the latter part of World War II. Then it was relocated piece by piece to finally be what we know as the Scout Hall in Tenterfield.
This is to show that there is a lot more history in Tenterfield then most people may know. I would have never went looking for the hidden beauty and the lost history of Tenterfield, if I had never gone to the Visitors Center. The Visitor’s Centre is all about Tenterfield and finding new thing to see and explore in Tenterfield and I am grateful for being able to do my work experience here. So thank to the people at the council and the people at the Visitor Centre for letting me be here with you for the week. So if you live in Tenterfield or if you are passing through you should stop at the Visitor Center and also go to the places around town that are not as big as bald rock but are just as beautiful.