Walk Through Historic Tenterfield

If you have an hour to spare when you come up and explore Tenterfield in New England High Country, take a walk around the main township to learn about some of the beautiful historic buildings that are part of the fabric of its rich history and heritage.

Known as the ‘Birthplace of our Nation’, Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous federation speech in the Tenterfield School of Arts building in 1889, which ultimately led to the federation of all Australian states in 1901. Originally built as a “reading room”, this building was completely restored in 2001 and now houses The Henry Parkes Museum, a modern library and a cinema.

This is just one of the 38 sites you can discover more about when you take a walk through historic Tenterfield.

Some of the others include:

  • Tenterfield Saddler (1860)
  • Stannum House (1888)
  • Post Office (1881)
  • Police Station and Gaol (1870)
  • Court House (1870)
  • Corner Life & Style (previously home to The Exchange Hotel and Golden Fleece Hotel) (1890)
  • Tenterfield Star Building (1913)
  • St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church (1884)
  • Royal Hotel (1851)
  • Commercial Hotel (1856)
  • Centenary Cottage and Museum (1871)
  • Old Lyric Theatre (1916)
  • Deloraine (1874)
  • Terrace Houses (1880)
  • Uniting Church and Manse (1867)
  • 19th Century Shops
  • St Mary’s Hall (1867)
  • St Joseph’s Catholic School (1914)
  • Tenterfield High School (1866)
  • State Bank (1891)

Pick up a copy of Tenterfield’s Historic Walk Guide from the Tenterfield Visitor Information Centre

Tenterfield Visitor Information Centre
157 Rouse St, Tenterfield NSW 2372
02 6736 1082

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the New England High Country region and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders – past, present and emerging – and acknowledge the important role Indigenous Peoples continue to play within the New England High Country community.