Known for its autumn colours and lush landscapes, Tenterfield is a perfect example of Australia’s vibrant countryside. The scenic town is surrounded by numerous National Parks and state forests, and offers a surprisingly diverse backdrop of rugged mountains, rural flats, spectacular bushlands and sub-tropical rainforests, with a year-round supply of beautiful weather. This is also a place of great historical significance and, at only three hours from Brisbane and a day’s drive from Sydney, it’s yours to discover.
Tenterfield’s rich and fascinating history engulfs a number of key moments and eras in this country’s past, from bushrangers and wartime training through to political speeches that shaped our nation. The town streets are bursting with more than 100 heritage-listed buildings, many dating back to the mid-19th century, while the preservation of a number of landmark sites, including the saddlery referred to in Peter Allen’s famous song, Tenterfield Saddler, award the township a distinctive Federation feel.
Dining options are varied and plentiful, with a selection of friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants to choose from. Enjoy a craft beer at the Commercial Boutique Hotel or savour a Thai feast at the historic Stannum House, a fully restored Victorian-era Italianate villa. Tenterfield is fast gaining a reputation as a gourmet food and wine destination, offering a number of local wineries, farm gates, breweries and award-winning butchers that are well worth a visit. Accommodation choices are just as extensive, ranging from caravan parks and motels to farmstays and bed and breakfasts. Stay in a gorgeous 1908 colonial cottage, or sleep under the stars by camping in the wilderness. There is no limit to what you can experience in this exciting and energetic New England town.