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Arts, Culture and Dining


Centenary Museum and Cottage

The Centenary Cottage Museum complex consists of a collection from a bygone era circa 1871, from pioneering families to early history of the district and town. The museum features the General Sir Harry Chauvel Gallery which contains a display of war memorabilia, and the Workman's Cottage 'Petrie Cottage' with contents of early pioneering ways. Holding the largest collection of historical material relating to Tenterfield, the Centenary Cottage is a fine example of colonial architecture. The house was built by Thomas McGauran in 1871 for Michael Egan, a blacksmith. The walls are 12 inches thick. The land was bought at the first land sales for the town, held on 9 March 1854.  The Cottage and Museum feature a fine collection of nineteenth century Tenterfield memorabilia. It is within easy walking distance of the main street.

Tenterfield Saddlers Shop

The Tenterfield Saddlery was built in the 1860s of hand cut local blue granite for the late C.H. Pavel, who was a saddler and tannery owner. With walls 20 inches thick it made ideal premises for the Australian joint stock bank when they commenced trading from this building in 1871. The doors and woodwork are of red cedar and apart from the replacement panes of glass the building is in original condition.

George Woolnough, the grandfather of the late singer/composer Peter Allen, conducted his saddlery business from the shop for 50 years. Banjo Paterson was a customer at the turn of the century. Fine hand made saddles are still made by the Saddler, Trevor Gibson. A new range of Australian made clothing has been introduced by the new owner, Brian Meldon.

Stannum House

A magnificent Victorian 3 storey mansion built in 1888 by mining millionaire John Holmes Reid and later used as the 77th Australian Camp Military Hospital 1942-1944.

The three story brick and stucco building with front bay windows has a cast iron verandah and balcony decoration. The four panel front door has side and fan lights and the splendid vestibule has an archway supported by Corinthian pillars. Upstairs are exquisite hand engraved and patterned glass windows with a Juliet balcony leading off the main bedroom. The heavy cedar doors have crystal door knobs and fire places are Italian marble. Local stonemasons cut the granite steps.  In the garden at the front are two Atlantic cedars and the bunya pine at the back is believed to be the tallest tree in Tenterfield.  This magnificent Italianate Villa has now been restored to its former glory and currently serves as a bed and breakfast.


Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts

The small museum in the building contains many interesting relics associated with Sir Henry Parkes as well as a library, cinema and theatre catering for the whole district. The building is classified by the National Trust and the local management committee was the first independent one formed outside Sydney in NSW.

Sir Henry journeyed to Queensland to consult with political leaders and returned to Sydney via Tenterfield, which some years previously had kindly provided him with a seat in parliament. He was determined to stay and make a declaration of a policy for a united Australia and did on 24th October 1889 which stirred the colonies onto Federation.

A tablet commemorating this event is fixed to the porch in Rouse Street, and leads into the hall where Sir Henry spoke. The library contains various Parkes and Federation relics. The plaque was unveiled by the Governor General HRH Duke of Gloucester on 17th October 1946.

Old Cork Tree

This stately old tree was brought from England and planted by Edward Parker in 1861. This huge cork tree is believed to be one of the oldest and largest in Australia.

The thick trunk and sprawling branches covered in rough textured cork give the tree an 'old man' character.




Sing Wah Chinese Restaurant

254 Rouse Street, Tenterfield

P: (02) 67361160

Henrys on Rouse

144 Rouse Street, Tenterfield

P: (02) 6736 1066

Historical Stannum House Restaurant

114-116 Rouse Street, Tenterfield

P: (02) 6736 5538

Our Place Wine and Espresso Bar

204 Rouse Street, Tenterfield 

P: 0488 014 152

Forget –Me-Not Cottage

137 Rouse Street, Tenterfield

P: (02) 6736 5848

Wallangarra Railway Café

60 Rockwell Street, Wallangarra

P: (07) 4684 3376

Tenterfield Gourmet Pizza

236 Rouse Street, Tenterfield

P: (02) 6736 5500

The Coachman Coffee Lounge

234 Rouse Street, Tenterfield 

P: (02) 6736 2224

Kurrajong Downs Wines Restaurant

11858 Bruxner Highway, Tenterfield

P: (02) 6736 4590