Roadtrip! To see The Tenterfield Saddler

11.35am, Wednesday 16th May, High Street, Tenterfield, New South Wales

We left Grafton a couple of hours ago and wound our way up here to Tenterfield, which sits up on top of The Great Dividing Range.

We came through Jackadgery Gap and over the Mann River …

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… and kept climbing up the Gibralter Range through Bellbird Gully – yep we heard the weird Bellbird call echo around the bush taking this photo …

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… stopped in the hamlet of Deepwater, elevation 1025m, famous as a fine wool producing town back in the day, for coffee and jam tarts …

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and on into Tenterfield. We stopped here, a couple of kilometers out, because Frosty had theme music lined up for our drive through town. What theme music? The song “Tenterfield Saddler” of course. Written by local boy Peter Allen about his grandfather George Woolnough, who was the saddler there on High Street for 50 odd years. Given that there’s only been five saddlers since 1870, George was the gun saddler in town. And for those folks who don’t know who Peter Allen was – famous singer performer wrote “I go to Rio” and “I Still Call Australia Home” – immortalized by the gorgeous Hugh Jackman in the bio Broadway musical “Boy From Oz”. And it was that version of the song that Frosty had sorted: “time is a traveller, Tenterfield Saddler, turn your head, ride again jackaroo, think I see kangaroo, up ahead”. Top stuff!

Here you go … still open … the Tenterfield Saddler.

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And Frosty and I have just walked across the road to the Royal Hotel for lunch – T-bone steak and vegetables is the special today for $12 – and Dave’s just walked in so I’ll sign off …

… but wait! Look what’s behind the bar – our Y Series Shiraz! Up here on top of the Great Divide – perfect with T-bone steaks.

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See ya from Tenterfield, next stop Toowoomba – thanks for the ride up the hill Frosty.

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