History & heritage
Set in the heart of the Australian bush, Tenterfield has a rich cultural and environmental heritage. Known as the Birthplace of Our Nation, Tenterfield hosted Sir Henry Parkes’ famous Federation Speech, which ultimately led to the Federation of all Australian States on January 1st 1901.
History buffs can visit the site of Parkes’ speech, the Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts, the well known Tenterfield Saddler, Historic Stannum House, the Tenterfield Soundtrails, and the World War II Tank Traps at Paddy’s Flat,
Read more about our town’s history and heritage sites.
Nature & national parks
As the gateway to both the New England and Northern Rivers Regions, Tenterfield is also surrounded by more than 10 National Parks, offering a range of choices for those who want walk, swim, picnic, or simply enjoy the scenery.
Tenterfield is in easy driving distance to Bald Rock National Park, Boonoo Boonoo, Tooloom, Basket Swamp, Torrington State Conservation Area and the long-established Girraween National Park (Qld).
Get more information on our region’s beautiful national parks.
Food & wine
An emerging food and wine region, Tenterfield is host to over 10 local wineries and a variety of farm gates and local food producers. Find out where to go to sample our region’s premier local produce.