Post office, John Baker / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 3129

Tenterfield is a town of four seasons with many deciduous trees making it particularly spectacular in autumn. It is perhaps best known from Peter Allen's song 'Tenterfield Saddler', which he wrote about his grandfather George Woolnough. But Tenterfield is also the self-proclaimed 'birthplace of the nation', as it is where Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous Federation speech in 1889.

Visitor Information

157 Rouse St; (02) 6736 1082


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In Town

Sir Henry Parkes Museum Sir Henry Parkes made his Federation speech in this National Trust–classified building built in 1876. Today it stands as a monument to Parkes. Memorabilia includes a life-size portrait by Julian Ashton and Parkes' scrimshaw walking-stick made of whale ivory and baleen. Guided tours available. Cnr Manners and Rouse sts.

Centenary Cottage: 1871 home with local history collection. Open Wed–Sun; Logan St.

Railway Museum: railway memorabilia in a beautifully restored station; Railway Ave.

Tenterfield Saddler: handmade saddles at the place that inspired the Peter Allen song. Still open for business, it is classified by the National Trust of Australia, and its customers have included Banjo Paterson; High St.

Stannum House: stately mansion built in 1888 for John Holmes Reid, a tin-mining magnate. Homestay and group tours; Rouse St.

Self-guide historical town walk: includes early residential buildings in Logan St, St Stephens Presbyterian (now Anglican) Church where Banjo Paterson married Alice Walker in 1903 and the grand National Trust–classified post office; brochure from visitor centre.


Bald Rock National Park There are excellent 360-degree views from the summit of Bald Rock, the largest granite monolith in Australia. The park is full of canyons and stone arches, and kangaroos abound. Guided tours are available daily to Bald Rock with information on the park's Aboriginal and European heritage. Bookings at visitor centre; (02) 6736 4298; 35 km N.

New England wine region Most of the vineyards in this cool, elevated area on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range are clustered around Glen Innes, Inverell and Tenterfield, with a few also around Tamworth. Semillon, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and chardonnay are some of the region’s best wines. Wineries with cellar doors include Kurrajong Downs, which also has a lovely restaurant; Richfield Estate and Tangaratta Estate.


Mt McKenzie Granite Drive: 30 km circuit from Molesworth St in town including Ghost Gully and Bluff Rock, an unusual granite outcrop; 10 km S.

Thunderbolt's Hideout: reputed haunt of bushranger Captain Thunderbolt; 11 km NE.

Drake: old goldmining town now popular for fossicking and fishing; 31 km NE.

Boonoo Boonoo National Park: several bushwalks include an easy 30 min stroll to the spectacular 210 m Boonoo Boonoo Falls. Pleasant swimming area above the falls; (02) 6736 4298; 32 km NE

Cafes & restaurants around town

Kurrajong Downs Wines

This family-owned-and-operated restaurant is well loved by locals for its excellent food, warm and friendly service, and beautiful setting. From the cathedral ceilings, polished floorboards and relaxing outdoor deck to... Find out more

Campsites around town

Basket Swamp camping area 20 km

This is a basic site with toilets, tables and wood fireplaces. A track nearby leads to the Basket Swamp Falls, which are the main attraction for visitors to the forest. Nearby Basket Swamp National Park contains Woollool... Find out more

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 21 km

Self-sufficient and experienced walkers can make use of the remote walk-in bush campsites throughout the park. Open fires are prohibited and camping permits are required. You’ll need to lodge a bush camping form in... Find out more

Bald Rock camping area 22 km

To get to Bald Rock, follow the Mt Lindesay Rd north about 30 km from Tenterfield, then take the park access road to the end. From the camping area you can take the short but strenuous Bungoona Walk (3 km, 2–3 hr)... Find out more

Castle Rock camping area 25 km

Just 400 m from Bald Rock Creek, the forest setting at Castle Rock is suitable for walk-in or vehicle-based camping and there’s plenty of room for large groups. You need to come equipped with firewood. Boil or... Find out more

Bald Rock Creek camping area 25 km

Bald Rock Creek camping area is the first turning on the left as you enter the national park from the New England Hwy, and can be reached by conventional vehicle. The area is semi-grassed, has no designated sites and... Find out more

Cypress Pine camping area 27 km

The national park is 24 km north-east of Tenterfield via Mt Lindesay and Woodenbong rds. Cypress Pine camping area is on the main park access road. There are several walks to do in the region – if you’re... Find out more

Crooked Creek Picnic Area 33 km

This natural clearing is just off the Bruxner Hwy, next to Crooked Creek. It’s a pretty basic setup, but there are sheltered picnic tables, toilets and wood BBQs, which makes it a suitable spot overnight or for a... Find out more

Blatherarm Creek camping area 38 km

From Deepwater, north of Glen Innes on the New England Hwy, turn west onto the Stannum Rd and follow the signs to the conservation area. The campground is via Blatherarm Rd off Silent Grove Rd. It’s not far from... Find out more

Burrows Waterhole camping area 43 km

This site has a maximum capacity of 60 people, with a maximum group size of 6. It is reached from the park’s eastern boundary, 18 km from the park entrance gate and signposted along the Sundown National Park access... Find out more

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 43 km

Bush campsites throughout the park are for experienced and self-sufficient walkers only. Campers should discuss their planned itinerary with the park ranger and check conditions before setting out. Open fires are... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Girraween National Park 25 km

Girraween National Park has camping areas that provide space for caravans and motorhomes. The camping area is 10 km from the New England Highway along a sealed road. There is a minimal amount of unsealed road within the... Find out more

Country Style Tourist Accommodation Park 38 km

Adjacent to the highway, this park is 9 km south of Stanthorpe. The spacious, wellcared- for establishment is an ideal base from which to explore the region’s vineyards and national parks. Bookings are recommended... Find out more

Top of the Town Caravan Park 45 km

This good quality park is ideally located in town for a short stay or a longer period to explore the granite belt region. Facilities include a pool and barbecues. Bookings are recommended during the fruit-picking season... Find out more

Fossicker Caravan Park 82 km

Only 200 metres from the centre of town, this park is within easy walking distance of most town services. It is one of the best parks in Glen Innes. A minimum-length stay applies at Easter, long weekends and special... Find out more

Craigieburn Cottages 83 km

On the southern outskirts of town, this park is in a picturesque setting with green lawns, shady trees and enormous granite boulders.... Find out more

Glen Rest Tourist Park 85 km

Located 3.5 km south of Glen Innes, in a pleasant rural setting, this park is an ideal stopover for travellers passing through the region. Bookings are required during peak periods and festivals and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

Washpool Camping Reserve 90 km

Lake Leslie, a popular fishing destination, lies 14 km from town at the end of a sealed road. The park has numerous powered and unpowered sites spread across a large acreage alongside the dam. Normally a quiet peaceful... Find out more

Kahler’s Oasis Caravan Park 91 km

Located on the south side of town, this is a spacious park with good amenities best suited to the touring caravans and motorhomes passing through the area.... Find out more

Rose City Caravan Park 95 km

Located on the northern outskirts of town, this is a smaller, good quality, dog-friendly park. It is ideally located for an overnight stay but would be very comfortable for a longer period.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Best Western Henry 
Parkes Motel

Henry Parkes Motel is Tenterfield’s sole provider of four-star accommodation. Rather than rest on their laurels, they provide a stylish variety of accommodation options including spa rooms, standard guest rooms and... Find out more

Wangrah Wilderness Lodge

This accommodation option is spread across 4000 hectares of mountainous countryside, blessed with over 25 kilometres of absolute river frontage on the Mole River. There are comfortable two- and four-bedroom,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Bluff Rock rest area 12 km

80km N of Glen Innes (R) or 12km S of Tenterfield (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Bellbird camping area 55 km

T/O 73km E of Glen Innes (L) or 87km W of Grafton (R)

Small campground 4km (unsealed) north of the highway in a secluded bush setting deep in the forest of Washpool National Park.

Boundary Falls camping area 58 km

T/O 60km E of Glen Innes (L) or 100km W of Grafton (R)

Secluded campground 2km (unsealed) north of the highway in the forest of Gibraltar Range National Park.

Mulligans Hut camping area 61 km

T/O 69km E of Glen Innes (R) or 91km W of Grafton (L)

Secluded campground in a natural bush setting 9km (unsealed) south of the highway in Gibraltar Range National Park.

Beardy Waters rest area 72 km

10km N of Glen Innes (L) or 82km S of Tenterfield (R)

Among a few trees on the banks of Beardy Waters.

Beardy Waters Woodland park area 78 km

6km E of Glen Innes (R) or 154km W of Grafton (L)

Well off the highway among the trees. 

Lollback rest area 78 km

115km E of Glen Innes (R) or 45km W of Grafton (L)

Just off the highway with good views over the Mann River.

Celtic Country South rest area 86 km

92km N of Armidale (R) or 7km S of Glen Innes (L)

Large area adjacent to the highway.

Swan Brook rest area 98 km

33km E of Inverell (R) or 34km W of Glen Innes (L)

Just off the highway on the east side of the bridge.

What's on around town

Railway Market: railway station; 1st Sat every 2nd month.

Tenterfield Show: Feb.

Bavarian Beerfest: odd-numbered years, Mar.

Oracles of the Bush: Australian culture and bush poetry festival; Apr.

Food and Wine Affair: Nov.

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