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The Tenterfield Area 


Situated on the New England Highway, at the North of the State of New South Wales, Tenterfield is a 3 hour drive from Brisbane, Qld., 2.5 hours from Byron Bay, and 7 hours north of Sydney.

It is situated astride the Great Dividing Range and enjoys a range of climate, from the cold of winter to pleasand, warm summer temperatures.

Originally inhabited by the Jukembal people, Tenterfield was settled in 1841 when Sir Stuart Donaldson ran 18,000 sheep on a property that he named Tenterfield Station (100,000 acres) after his family home in Scotland.

He later went on to become the first Premier of NSW.

The first Post Office was established in 1849 and the first allotments were sold in 1854.

It was connected to Brisbane and Sydney via rail, however this was eventually discontinued when the more popular coastal railway was standardised. A railway station at Wallangarra, which is on the Qld.& NSW border was the location where the NSW rail guage ended and passengers had to change trains for a train suitable for the narrower 3'6" Qld guage. A very popular tearoom was used and you may still visit it as well as the rest of the station for refreshments and meals. Click on the photo below for a link which will advise you of times etc.

From Tenterfield, you are able to drive to many local features, including Boonoo Boonoo Falls, Bald Mountain National Park, Wellington Rock Aboriginal Site, and a host of other attractions. A visit to the local tourist centre is a must if you plan staying for a few days.

Tenterfield is also the original home for Peter Allen, and was also visited regularly by local bushrangers including Thunderbolt (Thunderbolts hideout is easily reached). Another noteable from the area includes A.B. "Banjo" Paterson.

No matter what the season, Tenterfield has something to offer the tourist.

Bring your walking shoes.

 Tenterfield Saddler within walking distance of the Tenterfield Tavern Motor InnBald Rock a short drive from Tenterfield Tavern Motor Inn

Follow the links by clicking on the photos for a description of the local attractions.

Boonoo Boonoo Falls near Tenterfield Tavern Motor Inn Thunderbolts Hideout a popular spot and only a short drive from Tenterfield TavernHistorical Wallangarra Rail - 15 minutes from Tenterfield Tavern Motor Inn

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