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Caitlin's Top Five

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We ‘Take 5’ with Tenterfield’s tourism manager, Caitlin Reid.   

Where do you go for your morning coffee?

We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to good coffee in Tenterfield, so I usually mix it up a bit. I do love the Corner Life & Style Store & Cafe, because I can browse the shop while I wait. They have a gorgeous selection of clothes, jewellery and homewares.

Best place for a weekend hike?

I can’t go past Bald Rock! It doesn’t matter how many times I do it, the view (and getting to the view) always takes my breath away! You’re standing on top of this gigantic granite boulder, with 360-degree views of bush land far below you. It’s an absolutely spectacular place.

Favourite place for dinner with friends?

Again, we usually try and mix it up, but the Commercial Boutique Hotel and Henry’s On Rouse at the Best Western are favourites. They’ve both got a great atmosphere, and especially in winter where you can’t beat their log fires and local wine.

First place you take visiting family and friends?

Usually Bald Rock. And the scenic drive up to the Mount Mackenzie lookout. The drive goes around the back of the town, through farmland, past some amazing clusters of granite and granite formations and has some spectacular views over hills and down valleys. It’s one of the first things I did when I came to Tenterfield. There’s something almost magical about it. The lookout itself has a great view over the town and surrounding mountains.

A hidden gem we may not know about?

There are too many to name! There are so many tracks and trails that take you to amazing places off the beaten track. I do love Basket Swamp Falls and the Timbarra Trig lookout in Basket Swamp National Park. Because it’s 4WD access only, you’re often the only person out there. I think all the villages are hidden gems and there are amazing national parks, waterfalls and scenery in whatever direction you go.