Bald Rock is the largest exposed granite monolith in Australia. It is 750 metres long, 500 metres wide and 200 metres high and is 1,341 metres above sea level at the highest point. South Bald Rock, a smaller granite dome, is a mere 5 kilometres away and can be reached via a marked trail from the rest area in the National Park. The Bungoona Walk is a moderate 2.5 kilometre trek which starts from the picnic area. It passes some interesting granite boulders, canyons and stone arches on its way to the summit of the aptly named Bald Rock. Signs and white markings lead to a more direct route up the northeast face.
Turn east off Rouse Street (New England Highway) at the northern end of Tenterfield, onto Naas Street (signposted to Woodenbong). After 200 metres veer left onto Logan Street where it is signposted to Bald Rock National Park. Follow this road which becomes Mount Lindesay Road for 27 kilometres then turn left onto Bald Rock Road. Travel 5.5 kilometres to the picnic and camping area.
This park has a special appeal to bushwalkers especially in the spring when the native trees and shrubs are in full bloom. The park has a stunning waterfall where the Boonoo Boonoo River gathers in beautiful pools before plummeting 210 metres into the gorge below. Cypress Rest is a popular picnic and swimming spot with gas barbecues, picnic tables, toilets and wood fireplaces scattered around, and from the parking area there is a graded walking track that descends to a viewing platform with excellent views of the gorge and the falls.
Turn east off Rouse Street (New England Highway) at the northern end of Tenterfield, onto Naas Street (signposted to Woodenbong). After 200 metres veer left onto Logan Street where it is signposted to Boonoo Boonoo National Park. Follow this road which becomes Mount Lindesay Road for 22 kilometres then turn right at the Boonoo Boonoo National Park sign. You will enter the National Park after 5 kilometres and after another 9 kilometres and you will arrive at the Boonoo Boonoo Falls picnic area.
Step back in time at this four in one complex which consists of Centenary Cottage, Petrie Pioneer Cottage, Sir Harry Chauvel Gallery and Machinery of Bygone Eras. The Centenary Cottage Museum is a seven room stone cottage erected in the late 1800’s for blacksmith Michael Egan, Petrie Cottage is an old worker's slab cottage with period furnishings and the art gallery is a memorial to Sir Harry Chauvel who founded the Australian Light Horse Brigade. The Machinery of Bygone Eras houses a local history collection, including antiquated tools and machinery, both domestic and agricultural. The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday and Public holidays from 10.00am - 4.00pm, or by appointment. Phone: (02) 6736 1082. There is a small entrance fee and groups and coaches are welcome.
Turn east off the New England Highway in the centre of Tenterfield where it is signposted to Casino and Lismore. Take the 1st left onto Logan Street and the museum is in the second house on the left.
This lookout which towers above Tenterfield, offers panoramic views of the town and the immediate surrounding areas and on a clear day you can see the Queensland border to the north. There are picnic and barbecue facilities and fresh water at the summit. The road is sealed most of the way and suitable for vehicles towing a small caravan with a turning circle at the lookout.
Turn west off the New England Highway at the northern end of Tenterfield onto Molesworth Street which becomes Sunnyside Loop Road. After crossing the railway line, turn left onto Neagles Road. At the end of Neagles Road, turn right then follow the signs. The lookout is approximately 10 kilometres from the New England Highway.
Tenterfield is well known for the picturesque willow lined banks along Tenterfield Creek and the many other varieties of trees throughout the district but the most famous tree is the 'Old Cork Tree'. The seed was brought out from England by Edward Parker, which he planted in 1861. The stately old tree is a famous landmark, with it’s thick trunk and sprawling branches covered in rough textured cork. It is believed to be the largest of its species in Australia. The people of East Melbourne may have something to a say about that as they have one equally as big if not bigger in the grounds of St Mary’s Anglican Church in the east Melbourne suburb of Caulfield. According to the National Register of Big Trees it is just big enough to beat Tenterfield’s entrant for the title of Australia’s biggest cork tree. You be the judge when you see them.
Turn off the New England Highway in the centre of Tenterfield onto the Bruxner Highway (signposted to Casino and Lismore). Follow the signs to Casino for 600 metres then turn left onto Woods Street. The cork tree is 220 metres on the right.
This superb Victorian Italianate mansion, built in 1888 by mining magnate John Reid, was used as a military hospital between 1943 and 1948. It has been returned to its former glory after 10 years of meticulous restoration. You can view this historic house from the street or guided tours of the house are available by prior arrangement.
Located on Rouse Street (New England Highway) in Tenterfield, between Clive Street and Douglas Street at 114 Rouse Street.
Tenterfield is a charming town that features many heritage buildings steeped in history that are well worth exploring. Pick up the 'Historical Walk' pamphlet from the Information Centre in Rouse Street (New England Highway) which will show over 100 heritage listed buildings to see.
The Tenterfield Railway Station opened in 1886 and was the last station built on the Sydney to Brisbane railway line. For 103 years it played host to the full range of trains from yesteryear to the XPT but it has since closed and is now a museum. The station is an excellent example of 19th century architecture with displays in every room including a display of early lamps, panels of photography in the waiting room and a Victorian wash stand in the ladies wash room. There is a large collection of heritage Rolling Stock, complemented by prize winning platform gardens and a magnificent model railway display. Guided tours will take you through exhibitions in all rooms of the building, and the volunteers can talk you through the many eras of railway, making you feel part of the operation.
Turn off the New England Highway at Tenterfield onto Molesworth Street (in the opposite direction to Lismore and Casino) where it is signposted to the Bowling Club. Travel 1 kilometre then turn left onto Railway Avenue. The historic station is 600 metres on the right opposite Miles Street.
There have been only five saddlers to date plying their craft here in this locally quarried hand-cut blue granite and wooden building that was built in 1860. The granite walls are 50 centimetres thick, and the verandah outside, and the ceiling and floor inside are made of wood. The doors and joinery are make of red cedar. It is still in it’s original condition except for a few patches of leather on the floor. The first saddler in the shop was Charles Paven from 1870-1874. He sold it to be used as a bank because of its thick granite walls. It then became a private residence for a short time from 1895-1897. The second saddler, Dan Egan bought it in 1897 and sold it in 1908 to George Woolnough who was the third saddler to occupy the premises. The shop was then owned by Ted Daly and now the present saddler, Trevor Gibson the fifth in line. The shop is still open and operating today selling good quality leather products from saddles, belts and bags. Call in and have a chat with Trevor. You may be lucky enough to watch him at work.
Turn off the New England Highway in Tenterfield where it is signposted to Lismore and Casino. The Tenterfield Saddler building is 40 metres on the right just past St Vincent De Paul Centre.
When you are in Tenterfield you have the perfect weather forecast reading when you visit the Weather Rock. According to the information below the rock you can see what the day is going to bring weather-wise and it reads as follows.
If the rock is dry it is fine
If the rock is wet it is raining
If the rock is white it is snowing
If the rock is swinging it is windy
If the rock is jumping there is an earthquake
If the rock is gone there is a cyclone.
Located in Rotary Park which is on the corner of the New England Highway and Naas Street (signposted to Woodenbong). To park, turn into Rotary Lane which is immediately south of the Woodenbong turn off but on the other side of the road.
Frederick Ward or ‘Captain Thunderbolt’ was a well known bushranger in this area in the mid 1800’s. He was serving a sentence for horse stealing which was a serious offence in those days but he escaped and it was this hideout that he frequented because it offered a vantage point to the road. Large granite boulders form two caves, one large enough to hide his horses and a smaller cave where he camped. There is also a small creek below the boulders. A climb to the top of the boulders offers panoramic views of the area. A fact sheet can be obtained from the Information Centre which outlines some exploits and local sites associated with this outlaw.
Turn east off the New England Highway at the northern end of Tenterfield onto Logan Street which becomes Mount Lindesay Road. (Tourist Drive 7).Travel along this road for 12 kilometres and you will come to a sign for Thunderbolt Hideout. From the car park it is a 300 metre walk along a path to the hideout.