See and Do in Tenterfield
Tenterfield is the gateway to the New England region. It sits high in the New England Tableland and is surrounded by rugged and scenic landscapes.
It is a town for all seasons - in autumn the area is ablaze with colour; the crisp, clear days and chilly nights of winter are popular for romantic getaways; spring sees the gardens come to life; and our summers are pleasantly mild by coastal standards.
Tenterfield - the Birthplace of our Nation - cemented its place in Australian history when Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous Federation Speech at the Tenterfield School of Arts on 24 October, 1889. However Tenterfield's cultural popularity is possibly due more to its most famous son Peter Allen. It is impossible to visit Tenterfield without being introduced to these characters.
Allow a few days to enjoy your stay in Tenterfield.
Absorb some of the history of the region by visiting our local museums - Sir Henry Parkes Museum at the School of Arts, Centenary Cottage, Tenterfield Saddler and the Railway Museum.
Visit our award winning wineries and sample their wares.
Take in a movie at the cinema in the beautiful School of Arts building; play a round of golf at our very scenic golf club, stroll along the recently completed walking track which follows the creek through our beautiful parks; do a spot of birdwatching in Tenterfield Park; enjoy a meal at one of our cafes/restaurants.
For the more energetic and adventurous, Tenterfield offers some spectacular national parks, including but certainly not limited to our famous Bald Rock - a large exposed granite monolith which rewards bushwalkers and climbers with stunning panoramic views. Boonoo Boonoo, Basket Swamp, Girraween, Tooloom, Koreelah and Sundown all offer plenty of choices for enjoying a nature experience. Visit www.tenterfield.com for more information.
Tenterfield also hosts a number of festivals throughout the year - Oracles of the Bush (4-7 April 2013) is a celebration of bush poetry, usually held in April; Wintersong, a Peter Allen tribute musical fest hits the stage in June; the Food and Wine Festival held on the first weekend in November showcases our culinary expertise and wine making skills; and the Bavarian Beer Fest is held bi-annually (26 Feb - 3 Mar 2013) and reflects the German heritage of Tenterfield. The vineyards come alive with the sound of music when nearby Ballandean Estate hosts Opera in the Vineyard over the first weekend in May each year. On the same weekend visitors and locals alike are treated to an eclectic display of local art at the old Ballandean timber mill, courtesy of Art in the Mill.