Discover the best top things to do in Tenterfield, Australia including Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield Railway Museum, Tenterfield Visitor Information Centre, Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts Museum, Tenterfield Saddler, Boonoo Boonoo Falls, Mount Mackenzie Nature Reserve, Historic Cork Tree, Boonoo Boonoo National Park, Basket Swamp National Park.
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5 based on 157 reviews
4.5 based on 156 reviews
I stayed across the road from the Museum and I could see the Rolling Stock from the window of my room . If you like anything to do with Railways you should NOT miss this lovely place . It is hands on and beautifully set out . I couldn't help myself and spent a long time wandering in among the exhibits . Steam is in my blood and railroad tracks are part of my psyche . Essential viewing if you are close by x
4.5 based on 75 reviews
The Tenterfield Visitor Information Centre is located in the main street of Tenterfield. Home to Bald Rock, the largest granite monolith in the southern hemisphere, the Birthplace of the Nation (Sir Henry Parkes did his famous Federation speech here) and the birthplace of Peter Allen and the Tenterfield Saddler. Come in and talk to our friendly volunteers for information on the best of Tenterfield - where to stay, what to see, where to eat and shop. Browse our range of local produce, arts and crafts, pick up a map, ask us for directions and enjoy your stay!
Visiting Tenterfield we stopped at the Information Centre for advice on where to dine and what to see. The lovely volunteers couldn't have been more helpful.Thanks for the review, glad we were able to help you out. Our volunteers certainly love the town & love sharing it with visitors.
4.5 based on 47 reviews
The Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts is a must see for visitors to Tenterfield, and offers a fresh and exciting approach to Australian history, culture and environment, with a focus on Federation. Stories of Australia's history are told through exciting and innovative displays and the museum features the Banquet Hall, where Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous Federation speech in 1889. A display of memorabilia from Parkes' personal life, including a compelling portrait by Julian Ashton, ivory carvings and journals is situated in the gallery. The School of Arts is owned by the National Trust, and in 1957 was the first building in NSW to be gifted to the trust by an act of Parliament. The complex also features the Tenterfield Cinema & Theatre. This charming cinema features state of the art digital projection and screenings of all the latest movies, as well as live Performances of music and theatre. Museum Entry Fees: - FREE for National Trust Members - FREE for Tenterfield Shire Ratepayers - $6.00 Adults - $5.00 Concession - $3.00 Child - $13.00 Family - $7.00 per head for tour groups of 10 or more people (includes guided tour)
Take a tip and don't pay to go through the "secret door" into the old hall. It's not worth the money. It's old, dull and everything on display is a bit higgledy-piggledy; if they paid a professional museum curator to set this up then they paid too much. You will glean all the history you will ever need on Sir Henry Parkes and Federation just having l look through the room visible from the hallway; entry to which is free.
4 based on 81 reviews
I guess if unfamiliar with Peter Allen's story and song, this 'shop' would hold little attraction and disappoint. However for anyone with any sense of history or curiosity, fan or not but know the song, this is a must see. Credit to current operators and volunteers for taking on the responsibility to open to the public. Only a gold coin donation is expected and well worth the experience and sights within what is a very small building. Some great pictures and newspaper clippings add to your understanding and knowledge. The song will resonate even more when I hear it played over coming years. If travelling through Tenterfield, is just around corner from main street so an easy short stop.
4.5 based on 47 reviews
After 24km along Mt Lindesay Rd from Tenterfield, the turn off to your right is well signposted. From here is unsealed but well maintained road for 13km to falls carpark. While little rain for sometime before our October visit, still a reasonable amount of water flowing. Everything clearly signposted, walk around 400m to lookout area not challenging and good path. There are several longer walks from here if interested plus camping allowed in designated areas but limited facilities.
4.5 based on 45 reviews
We visited the reserve and lookout as part of the very scenic Mt Mackenzie drive loop from town (brochure form tourist info or your hotel), If just doing the lookout in the reserve, is an easy drive on sealed road from Tenterfield for great views of the town centre and surrounding district. Is 1298m above sea level with toilets, bbq and picnic area. No parking fee.
4.5 based on 23 reviews
It is a very easy to drive to visit the Cork tree, if staying in Tenterfield or just driving through. Wood St is 3 blocks east of New England Way through Tenterfield and tree is between Molesworth and Martin Sts (which cross the highway). It is an impressive tree, and it is the first cork tree I have seen, and as a wine drinker, worth seeing the 'source'. There is a sign with information but the tree is behind a fence on private property. To be worthwhile as a genuine attraction, would be nice to be able to walk around. Free and uses up little time, drop by for a look. Only need several minutes and can park in street with no issue.
4.5 based on 18 reviews
A beautiful waterfall even when it hasn't rained in awhile, rock pools so pretty and inviting you to swim, platypus pool where you might see this elusive mammal and amazing reflections, birdlife, flowers, historical gold mining area at Morgans Gully with a hand dug water race, well equiped and set out camp ground close to the river with great camp fire cooking set ups, fire wood supplied and gas BBQ's under shelter, clean long drop toilets well stocked with the essential paper(did not smell). Do them all. Could be done in half a day but why rush. It costs to have these facilities and we usually begrudge paying and look for bush camps but really loved this camp. $8 for vehicle and $12 per person to camp. Take the correct money. Close to Tenterfield, Bald Rock Nat park,and Basket Swamp Nat Park, Thunderbolts Caves and Tank traps to see too. Check out the photos.
4.5 based on 6 reviews
Besides the main national parks north of Tenterfield, Basket Swamp is a great alternative with a stunning waterfall and nice Lookouts.
The tracks can be accessed with a normal car, however good clearance is required and the weather should be dry.
It is a great location without many people around.
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