In 1889 Tenterfield was described as the 'Birthplace of our Nation' by Sir Henry Parkes in a speech at the Tenterfield School of Arts. Tenterfield is surrounded by stunning high country, bushlands in the form of ten National Parks. Being located 850m above sea level it is the gateway to the New England and Northern Rivers region and experiences all the seasons - springs filled with wild flowers, mild summers, bronzed coloured autumns reminiscent of the English countryside and sunny winter days broken up with crisp nights.


Spend your days enjoying the local vineyards, traipsing the numerous National Parks and stepping back in time with the historical architecture evident at every turn. Local produce takes centre stage when dining in the region and there is the opportunity to attend tours and viewings. From a lavender farm offering morning tea and tours, orchards providing a variety of stone fruit and cherries as well as poultry farms and a beef stud. The area has a lot of natural beauty with Bald Rock and Basket Swamp National Parks being the most well-known. History is embedded in the arts culture with audio and walking tours taking in the railway museum, beautifully restored houses and old jailhouse.

Tenterfield is located in Northern NSW on the Queensland border. It is a three hour drive from Brisbane, just under three and half hours from Tamworth and Moree. There are two primary schools and a high school catering to the local population of three thousand.


Useful links:

Tenterfield Information Booklet

Tenterfield Tourism

Tenterfield Shire Council

Tenterfield Business and Tourism​