"PETER ALLEN WAS BORN HERE........" Tenterfield by balhannah

Tenterfield Travel Guide: 44 reviews and 87 photos


Tenterfield is located in the New England area of New South Wales,
699 km N of Sydney and 275 km SW of Brisbane or a three-hour drive from Brisbane, and 10 hours from Sydney

Once again, Granite outcrops are prominent in the area [this town is near Glen Innes] with the most famous being that of Bald Rock, which sits within the Bald Rock National Park.

In 1841, Sir Stuart Donaldson [the 1st Pemier of N.S.W]was running 18,000 sheep on a property that he named Tenterfield Station, after a family home in Scotland. The railway opened to Tenterfield on 28 October 1884, and in 1886 to the Queensland border, then onto Brisbane, thus connecting Sydney and Brisbane for the 1st time. This was quite an achievement.

Another important event was when Sir Henry Parkes delivered his Federation Speech here in 1889. The speech is meant to have a led to Federation on 1 January 1901.


I had the opportunity to do a walk to "Tank Traps" and wondered what they were doing in this area.
What I found out is, that during World War II, Tenterfield was earmarked as a key battleground if the Japanese should invade Australia. During 1942 thousands of soldiers were set up in emergency camps, the locals did not know this. Now you can see the overgrown tanks traps and gun emplacements on the Mount Lindesay road to Stanthorpe via Bald Rock National Park.


Tenterfield has a many Heritage listed buildings. This is another good town to walk the main street looking at the old buildings. Probably one of the most well known, is the Tenterfield Saddler's Shop, which Peter Allen made a song about.

The district is known for beef cattle breeding and superfine wool production through the breeding of Merino sheep.

A visit here in Autumn, and the Town looks stunning, there are many large deciduous Trees that colour beautifully in Autumn.
Winter is Cold!

You can go to STANTHORPE VIA Mount Lindsay road [route13] and call in at the amazing BALD ROCK NATIONAL PARK

DO as we did this time, and drive along the New England Highway, crossing over the New South Wales / Queensland border at WALLANGARRA

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Pretty in Autumn when the leaves colour
  • Cons:Gets very, very cold
  • In a nutshell:Nice town and area to make as a base
  • Last visit to Tenterfield: Jun 2010
  • Intro Updated Nov 12, 2012
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  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    It is really great to see so many old buildings being "preserved" for the next generation. A page well done! ;-)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2010 at 1:48 AM

    Dee, I certainly enjoyed reading about Tenterfield. As a lover of unique architecture, I found the historic buildings and homes just wonderful., especially the Post Office. Also enjoyed the information about Peter Allen. Great Visitor Center.


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