The Fossickers Way Visitor Guide Volume 1 - Page 22

Tenterfield Did you know? Beloved Australian poet Banjo Paterson married his sweetheart, local girl Alice Walker, in Tenterfield BALD ROCK NATIONAL PARK Featuring the largest exposed granite rock in the Southern Hemisphere, a climb to the top of Bald Rock rewards bushwalkers with an expansive panoramic view unequalled in the New England Region. At 260m above the surrounding bushland, 750m long, 500m wide and at close to 1300m above sea level, it feels like a remote, ‘top of the world’ experience from the summit. Collections of granite archways, scattered boulders, ravines roping their way through the terrain and a pile of enormous, smooth granite stones balancing strangely across each other are all there to be clambered among and explored by anyone willing to make the trek. You can opt for a gentle 2.5km climb to the summit or, alternatively, you can challenge yourself with a short, but steep, climb up the face of the rock. 22 A quaint town tucked up near the Queensland border, Tenterfield is easy on the eyes and rich in Australiana and nation-defining history – from bushrangers and wartime training through to political speeches that shaped our nation. This is infamous bushranger Captain Thunderbolt’s former stomping ground, and his bush hideouts are dotted in and around town. It was in Tenterfield that Sir Henry Parkes gave his famous Federation speech, so in a sense this unassuming little town is the birthplace of a nation. The Sir Henry Parkes Museum commemorates this fact and is well worth a visit. Tenterfield’s streets are bursting with heritage-listed buildings, many dating back to the mid-19th century, while the preservation of a number of landmark sites, including the Tenterfield Saddlery, award the township fast facts • Tenterfield was catapulted to historical significance when Sir Henry Parkes gave his famous Federation Speech at the Tenterfield School of Arts • Peter ‘The Boy from Oz’ Allen was was born in Tenterfield, and his grandfather’