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Published May 18th 2021
Discover the history and natural attraction of Tenterfield
Tenterfield is a historic town in the New England Tablelands, in New South Wales. It is situated in a shallow valley 882 metres above sea level and surrounded by mountains and magnificent national parks.
Tenterfield is renowned for history and heritage, high-quality local wine, mead and produce, beautiful National Parks and scenic drives and fabulous day trips. Tenterfield is the town where Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous Oration in 1889 promoting the federation of the six colonies of Australia. He is considered the "Father of Federation".
The incredible autumn colours in Tenterfield. Photo by Author.
The deciduous trees in Tenterfield create a spectacular display of colours. Just when you are about to enter into town from the New England Hwy, the trees in Millbrook Park are all ablaze in spectacular autumn colour in all the hues of yellow, red and orange.
Deciduous trees in Millbrook Park. Photo by Author.
I visited Tenterfield on a beautiful sunny crispy autumn day. It is easy to see the outstanding colourful trees everywhere in town. In particular, Millbrook Park becomes in autumn an awe-inspiring display of colours.
Many people stopped as well in Millbrook Park to witness the natural phenomenon of the leaves changing colours on the trees and falling on the ground making a carpet. The people were marvelling at the sensation of walking on the soft rustling leaves. The children had lots of fun collecting the leaves and people had fun taking memorable photos.
Millbrook Park is at the intersection of New England Hwy and Naas Street.
There are many handsome and attractive buildings in Tenterfield.
Stannum House doesn't go unnoticed. It was built in 1888 by John Holmes Reid according to a plan designed by Italian architects. It is an outstanding example of Victorian-era grandeur. The house has a restaurant and accommodations - a perfect place for a stylish getaway.
Stannum House boasts an interior with beautiful red cedar including a unique cedar spiral staircase, 10 Italian marble fireplaces and lovely verandah. Local stonemasons cut the granite steps. Photo by Author.
Stannum House is at 114 Rouse Street, Tenterfield NSW 2372,
Australia, Telephone 61 2 6736 5538
George Woolnough purchased The Saddlery on High Street in 1908, which become a hub where men could meet and discuss different topics. George's kind nature and calm manners meant he kept working undisturbed while men were chattering in the saddlery. Sometimes men would take their children who would then play in the stable. George kept working until his retirement in 1960.
Today, lots of people have many fond memories of The Saddlery. Singer and songwriter Peter Allan produced a great song about The Saddlery as a gift to the world. George Woolnough was Peter's grandfather and Peter knew The Saddlery and its atmosphere very well.
The Saddlery had famous people walking in, like iconic Australian poet and author, Banjo Patterson.
The Saddlery today in High Street, Tenterfield. Photo fromhttps://www.newenglandhighcountry.com.au/News/10840/The_Tenterfield_Saddler_NSW
The Tenterfield Railway Station is a heritage-listed railway station. It is now the Tenterfield Railway Museum located on the Main Northern line. It opened on 1 September 1886 and connected Tenterfield to Sydney.
There are many beautiful natural attractions around Tenterfield.
Basket Swamp National Park and Woollool Woolloolni Aboriginal Place is an astounding place. In particular, Woollool Woolloolni is a rocky outcrop, a sacred site of the Bundjalung people. Basket Swamp National Park is located 14 km from Tenterfield via Mt Lindesey Road.
Woollool Woolloolni Aboriginal Place in Basket Swamp National Park. Photo by Author.
Bald Rock National Park has a campground where you can start the many hikes on the beautiful trails. There are sublime views everywhere in the National Park! It is located 34 km north of Tenterfield via Mt Lindesay Road and Bald Rock Road.
The trail to Little Bald Rock starts at the Bald Rock Campground in Bald Rock National Park. Photo by Author.