The Mount Mackenzie Scenic Lookout is almost 1,300 metres above sea level and provides some of the best views in the Northern Tablelands.
To the north, you can see the Boonoo Boonoo tableland, made up of Bald Rock and Boonoo Boonoo National Parks in New South Wales, and Girraween National Park in Queensland. The rock on top of a mountain, just before the edge of the tableland drops into the Cataract River to the right, marks the Woollool Woolloolni Aboriginal Place in Basket Swamp National Park.
Take your time as you admire the landscape, and enjoy a picnic, BBQ, or take in a breathtaking sunrise or sunset. The lookout is always a few degrees cooler in summer and the first place to see snow in winter.
Facilities at the lookout include BBQs, picnic tables, picnic shelters and a toilet.
The Mount Mackenzie Scenic Lookout is 9km from Tenterfield. Alternatively, the one hour, 38km Mount Mackenzie Scenic Drive showcases the town’s spectacular surrounds from many different angles and takes you on a loop back into Tenterfield.
The lookout and drive is named after Sir Robert Mackenzie, a Scotsman who was granted the first official grazier licence in 1842 for the land that was later to become known as Tenterfield Station.
The road to the Mount Mackenzie Lookout is 13km from Tenterfield and is mostly sealed.
Turn off Rouse Street/New England Highway into Douglas Street, and follow this to the end of the road. At the Tenterfield Cemetery, take a dogleg and continue straight along Mount Mackenzie Road for approximately 9km. Turn left onto Gum Flat Road (this road is unsealed for 1.2km), then turn right onto Mount Mackenzie Lookout Road. Follow this road to the top of the Mount Mackenzie Lookout.
Alternatively, take the one hour, 38km Mount Mackenzie Scenic Drive to the top of the lookout, and enjoy picturesque surrounds of the mountains, farmlands and rock formations. Or enjoy this road in the reverse, and continue along Kildare Road for an alternate loop route back into Tenterfield.
Please note the Mount Mackenzie Lookout is part of the Mount Mackenzie Nature Reserve, and therefore no domestic pets are allowed.
The Tenterfield Visitor Information Centre has reopened following closures due to COVID-19 restrictions. The centre will be operating via a window service for the time being, and is staffed Monday to Saturday. Phone calls will be answered on Sunday.