town in New South Wales, Australia

Tenterfield is a town in the New England region of the Australian state of New South Wales.

New England Highway, Tenterfield, NSW.


Tourist information centreEdit

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

Commercial airlines fly to larger rural centres around Tenterfield. Most airports, such as Armidale, Casino, Lismore, Toowoomba and Ballina, are between 2 and 3 hours away. Car rentals are available at all regional airports within a few hours of Tenterfield.

By carEdit

The only way to access Tenterfield is by road. The New England Highway, which extends from Maitland, New South Wales, to Toowoomba in southern Queensland, is the major highway which passes through Tenterfield. This is the main alternative to the Pacific Highway between Sydney and Brisbane. The Bruxner Highway, travelling east/west, connects Tenterfield with Ballina, Lismore and Casino in the east and Texas and Goondiwindi in the west.

Get aroundEdit


  • 1 School of Arts, 205 Rouse St, +61 2 6736 6100, . Daily 10AM - 4PM. A National Trust building that contains a significant collection of Sir Edward Parkes relics. In 1889 Sir Henry Parkes delivered a famous speech which re-energised the federation movement to create the country of Australia, bringing the then separate states together in a federation, which was achieved in 1901. The S.H.P Memorial School of Arts was built to commemorate this with a now multi-functional building including a museum, cinema, cafe and community spaces. $7 adults, $5.50 concession, $3.50 children, $17 family.    
  • Tenterfield Saddlery, High Street. The Tenterfield Saddlery was classified by the National Trust of Australia in 1972. Peter Allen, singer and songwriter, has perpetuated the memory of George Woolnough in one of his best known songs "The Tenterfield Saddler".
  • Heritage buildings including the Post Office, bank, and the grand Stannum House.
  • City views from Mount Mackenzie Lookout, a 15-minute drive away.
  • Tenterfield Cork Tree, one of the oldest in Australia, brought over from England in a jam tin in 1861.


School of Arts museum tour; Centenary Cottage; Girraween National Park; Boonoo Boonoo Falls; Tenterfield Cinema; Swimming pool

  • Swimming Pool
  • Tenterfield Cinema
  • Girraween National Park
  • Currys' Gap State Conservation Area
  • Centenary Cottage



Tenterfield has cafes, pizza shops, bakeries, burger shops and restaurants. Being on a main highway between Sydney and Brisbane most food options are on the main street. Highlights include:

  • Saddler's Cafe - +61 2 6736 4400 - 212 Rouse St - Good quality modern Australian food.
  • Tenterfield Bowling Club - +61 2 6736 1023 - 83 Molesworth St. Typical club food including "Hot Rock"
  • Criterion Hotel - +61 2 6736 2888 - 378 Rouse St. Good pub food.
  • Coco Thai
  • Henry On Rouse, 144 Rouse St, +61 2 67361066. 6 to 9PM. a la carte Menu. Lounge Bar with log fire in winter Main from $14.50.



  • Best Western The Henry Parkes +61 2 6736 1066 New England Highway.Off Street Parking. Restaurant. Free Austar with 3 sport and movie channels. Swimming Pool, Gardens.
  • Bowling Club Motor Inn +61 2 6736 1023 - One of the only accommodation options in town and off the highway. Truck and car noise can be annoying at highway motels. Has pay as you go Wi-Fi in most rooms. Tenterfield Bowling Club [1]
  • Fairways Lodge (Tenterfield Golf Club) +61 2 6736 1480 - Also off the highway. IT is about 2-3 km out of the town centre.
  • Golfers Inn Motel +61 2 6736 3898
  • Jumbuck Motor Inn +61 2 6736 2055
  • Peter Allen Motor Inn +61 2 6736 2499
  • Settlers Motor Inn, New England Highway; Undercover parking, swimming pool with spa, close to shopping centre, heating & air conditioning, 02 6736 2333
  • Tally Ho Motor Inn +61 2 6736 1577
  • Telegraph Hotel/Motel +61 2 6736 1015
  • Tenterfield Motor Inn +61 2 6736 1177
  • Tenterfield Tavern +61 2 6736 2888
  • Tenterfield Travellers Lodge +61 2 6736 1477


Tenterfield Tourism, 157 Rouse St; Phone: +61 2 6736 1082

Go nextEdit

  • Bald Rock National Park Bald Rock is the largest exposed granite type rock in Australia and the main feature of this park. This rock is 750 m long and 500 m wide, rising 200 m above the surrounding forest.
  • Bluff Rock situated 10 km south of Tenterfield on the New England Highway.
  • Boonoo Boonoo National Park
  • Boonoo State Forest and Woollool Woollool Aboriginal Place
  • Girraween National Park
  • Sundown National Park
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