Step out of your imagination and into the unspoilt beauty of Tenterfield. Tenterfield offers the trifecta of countryside, national parks and history, enticing travellers with its genuine stories, people and adventure.
Distinguished by its warm hospitality and earthly delights, Tenterfield is full of simple, honest treasures waiting to be found.
Straddling the Queensland/New South Wales border in the north and across the range from New South Wales’ northern rivers, this region inspires with its alpine summers, vibrant autumn reds, white-frosted winters and floral springs.
Adventure seekers, history buffs and boutique lovers alike are bound to find something that speaks to their soul in this town cocooned by national parks.
The streets of the main township are lined with heritage-listed buildings from bygone years, with a town centre that offers everything you need for a perfect stay – including plenty of good dining options, great coffee, beautiful shops, and all types of accommodation within walking distance from it all.
The region is also home to seven villages – Urbenville, Drake, Jennings, Legume, Liston, Torrington and Mingoola – offering visitors a myriad of opportunities to get off the beaten track and discover history, nature and culture.
Here, you’re on Tenterfield time; time to reconnect, time to explore and time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Step out of your imagination and into the unspoiled beauty of Tenterfield.
Mix history and adventure to explore the hidden caves, walk in the footsteps of bushrangers, stroll along the boutique-lined Main Street, or take a scenic drive up one of the besieging mountains.
Stop by the Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts Tenterfield and you’ll find yourself in the original hall where Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous speech calling for the federation of the colonies.
If walls could talk, these buildings would have a story or two to tell, but none more so than the original Tenterfield Saddler (est 1870), which has been captured in the lyrics of Peter Allen, “time is a traveller”.
Pubs, cafes and local events showcase the exceptional local produce like poultry, pork, nuts and blueberries, adding to this town’s warm and inviting nature.
You don’t need to spend long in Tenterfield to realise it’s home to such humble and authentic artists and creators with true passion for what they do and the region they call home.
But it’s the geographical surroundings that really arouse the appreciation for this humble town and give visitors the chance to ground themselves with nature.
National parks and state forests encase this town with lush green forests, woodland canopies, cascading waterfalls and enticing swimming holes, all just waiting to be explored.
From calming, creek-side walks in the centre of town, to exploration of the scenic rugged landscapes of the surrounding national parks – activities range from slow ambles to adrenaline inducing ones.
Bushwalkers will be rewarded with breath-taking views of the fascinating landscape, including panoramic views from lookouts scattered around, as well as unique granite formations, which can be seen along the scenic drive to Mount Mackenzie.
And that’s just the beginning of what you’ll find. It’s time you discovered. Tenterfield. True.
Tenterfield Shire Council would like to acknowledge the Ngarabal people, the traditional custodians of this land, and also pay our respect to the Jukembal, Bundjalung, Kamilaroi, Githabul and Wahlubul people of our Shire, and extend our respect to all people.