• Kirra Pendergast

Road Trip -Tenterfield and New England

Updated: Jun 25


Because I love road trips I thought I would start documenting and sharing some of my favourites in this weird time of COVID and travel restrictions.


Over The Great Dividing Range approximately 3.5hrs drive from here, is the gorgeous little village of Tenterfield.


There are great things to explore and photograph, from historic buildings, beautiful landscapes, Bald Rock, old wares and antique stores, book shops and some great old pubs along the way. The best way to go so you get to see some amazing countryside is from Lismore, through Casino, Tabulum, Drake (call into The Lunatic Hotel for a beer on the way) and on to Tenterfield via the Bruxner Highway.

When in Tenterfield we stay at The Old Council Chambers where our friends Bianca and Steve will make you feel most welcome. Eat at The Commercial Hotel (our second favourite place to stay) or at Our Place a sensational wine bar in the main street with loads of local wines on the menu.


Head north from Tenterfield and twenty five minutes north you will hit wine country, and there are some sensational wines to taste trust me! you can check them out here at Strange Birds Wine Trail

If you feel like adventuring further south turn left onto the New England Highway and you will find little villages bursting with colour all the way. Bolivia, Deepwater, Moora Moora, Glenn Innes, Stonehenge, Glencoe, Llangothlin, Guyra (home of the Lamb and Potato festival) Black Mountain and if you are up for it all the way to just past Armidale to my favorite little town Uralla (think Bangalow but smaller and a whole lot more colourful and of course colder). There are some awesome little cottages in Uralla that are available through Airbnb and come with fireplaces and beautiful breakfast baskets. Or in Armidale lash out and stay at Petersen’s Winery and Guest House – it is magnificent, the wine is stunning and the restaurant is fabulous. It is the original homestead for the Dangar Family who were cattle graziers with huge land holdings across the region. Think claw foot baths, fireplaces, wine grown and produced onsite and perfectly manicured grand old English gardens.

My favourite photography finds from this trip? The Eclipse Theatre at Deepwater and All Saints Anglican Church at Gostwyck, just outside Uralla. Wonderful. Have dinner at The Top Pub in Uralla after this little adventure to Gostwyck, it is the big one painted black in the main st. The food is sensational and mostly local produce.

Turn the stereo up, drive safe and enjoy of New England.


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