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New England/Northwest | North Eastern NSW

The charming town of Tenterfield is surrounded by rural landscapes and national parks with awe-inspiring vistas.

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RA3 / MMM5

Location

Tenterfield is located in northern NSW, less than 20 km from the Queensland/NSW border. It is 275 km (3 hr 25 min drive) southwest of Brisbane. The regional centres of Armidale and Lismore are a similar distance from Tenterfield, 187 km (125 min drive) and 160 km (130 min drive) respectively.

Tenterfield is internationally recognised thanks to the song ‘Tenterfield Saddler’ by locally born Peter Allen. The Tenterfield Saddlery is listed on the National Trust of Australia and is a local tourist attraction.

How to get there

There are two airports a similar distance from Tenterfield.

Armidale Airport, just over 2 hr drive south, is serviced by two airlines: Regional Express (REX) and Qantas that provide regular flights to Sydney.

Lismore Regional Airport, just over 2 hr drive east is serviced by Regional Express Airlines (Rex) with regular direct flights to Sydney.

NSW TrainLink provides a daily return service to Sydney from Armidale.

Population

The population of Tenterfield is more than 4000 people, their median age is 53 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 5% of the population.

Tenterfield is located within the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, this Health Planning Compass provides an overview of community health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

Tenterfield Hospital is an 18-bed public hospital with an emergency department and services including on-site GP clinics, community and allied health services, X-ray services and an aged care unit. There are also a range of visiting services.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Tenterfield.

Accredited GP practices

  • Rouse Street Medical Practice

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing residents of Tenterfield are: beef cattle farming, local government administration, aged care residential services, retail and accommodation.
  • Education

Tenterfield has two primary and one secondary school: There is also a New England TAFE campus in Tenterfield.
  • Childcare

Tenterfield offers childcare options including long day care, family day care and pre-school services.
  • Shopping

In Tenterfield there are SPAR and FoodWorks supermarkets, clothing, hardware, furniture and homewares stores as well as a range of eateries.
  • Places of worship

Places of worship in Tenterfield include Anglican, Catholic, Presbyterian, Seventh-day Adventist and Jehovah’s Witnesses churches. The nearest mosque is in Lismore, a two hour drive from Tenterfield.
  • Points of interest

Considered the birthplace of Australia due to Sir Henry Parkes famous speech in Tenterfield calling for federation, Tenterfield’s heritage-listed buildings can be explored through the Tenterfield Heritage Walk. A vibrant arts culture is apparent from local art galleries, The Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts, Tenterfield Cinema and Theatre and the Tenterfield Soundtrail. Near by national parks are popular for bushwalking, swimming and camping. Regular events include farmers markets, the Tenterfield Show, and Oracles of the Bush celebrating Australian bush poetry, music and art, live music and sled dog races.
  • Sporting activities

There is a range of sporting facilities, sporting clubs and teams in Tenterfield including basketball, pistol shooting, swimming, soccer, netball, rugby league and riding. A listing of groups and their contact details are available at Tenterfield Community Directory.
  • Community groups and activities

In Tenterfield community groups and volunteer organisations include the Country Women's Association, Borderline Regional Arts Association, Tenterfield Drama Group, Toastmasters, Northern Tablelands Wildlife Carers, Rotary and Lions Club. A listing of groups and their contact details are available at Tenterfield Community Directory.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Tenterfield. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Visit Tenterfield, WHAT - What's Happening Around Tenterfield, Tenterfield Star and Tenterfield and Surrounds Buy swap and sell.