Arts, culture and heritage in Tenterfield
Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous "birth of our nation" speech in the Tenterfield School of Arts in 1889. His rousing speech is credited with being the decisive moment that set the country on its path toward Federation in 1901.
Tenterfield is an attractive country town with many historic buildings dating back to the mid-19th century. Surrounded by national parks and vineyards, it is also known for its autumn colours. Walk through historic Tenterfield, which has more than 100 heritage-listed buildings, stopping at the Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Arts Museum.
Don't miss the Tenterfield Saddlery, made famous by Peter Allen's song "Tenterfield Saddler", a tribute to his grandfather who ran the saddlery from 1908 to 1960. Step onto the viewing platform at Boonoo Boonoo Falls in Bald Rock National Park to see the river plunge 210 metres.