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

Tenterfield Travel Guide: 46 reviews and 91 photos



Henry Parkes chose this spot to deliver his Federation speech in 1889, which led to the establishment of Australia as a unified nation in 1901

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 and onto Brisbane, thus connecting Sydney and Brisbane for the 1st time. This was quite an achievement.


I had the opportunity to do a walk to "Tank Traps" and wondered what they were doing in this area.
What I found out was 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!

Take the self- guided heritage walk to see the historic buildings of Tenterfield

An enjoyable day trip from Tenterfield is to BALD ROCK NATIONAL PARK

2012 - And we are heading home 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 to make a base to see the surrounding area.
  • Last visit to Tenterfield: Apr 2015
  • Intro Updated Jul 15, 2015
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  • Odiseya's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Lovely place with interesting history. I didn't know about it before I find your page. Thank you for introduction!

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Oct 10, 2015 at 2:14 AM

      Thanks Aleksandra! It is a nice place, one we travel through often on our way south to other Australian states.

  • blueskyjohn's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2015 at 2:10 AM

    Very nice page Dee! I love these historic buildings and great opening photo!

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Such a historical place with so many historical buildings!

  • xaver's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    I enjoyed this page, thanks for letting me discover a new part of Australia any time.

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      May 18, 2015 at 11:12 PM

      Thank-you! I enjoy this area, love the granite boulders!

  • 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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