Sheffield, Railton & Wilmot

Outdoor art abounds in “the town of murals” and “the town of topiary”.

Sheffield

Sheffield, Railton & Wilmot

Sheffield, in the foothills of majestic Mount Roland, is a friendly rural town where history and art merge to create an entire town of murals.

Once a centre for industry, the town has reinvented itself as an arts community. The famous Sheffield murals trace the history of the area and feature Cradle Mountain pioneer Gustav Weindorfer, Tasmanian Tigers, and pictorial representations of characters and stories of the past on its buildings.

Mural Park is home to the annual International Mural Fest competition which sees nine artists participating in a paint-off over six and a half days. With more than 140 murals, Sheffield is Tasmania’s own ‘outdoor art gallery’.

More murals can be found in Mural House, where murals inspired by native art from a range of cultures are painted by the artist on the interior walls of her home. Mural house is just one of several galleries, studios and museums in, and around, Sheffield.

Casual drives throughout the area will reward with stunning views of striking Mount Roland, pastoral scenery and a host of quirkily named towns – each with a unique personality and expressed through topiary or unusual letterboxes.

Nearby, in the small hamlet of Promised Land, you’ll find Tasmazia and the Village of Lower Crackpot, one of the world’s largest maze complexes with eight mazes, a model village, café and gift shop.

Also nearby is an international rowing course at beautiful Lake Barrington and Devils Gate Dam – a great place for a picnic.

Sheffield is a 30-min drive (30 km) from Devonport.

LOCAL TIPS

  • Visit the Kentish Museum, featuring displays of the Mersey-Forth hydro-electric scheme and the world’s first self-serve petrol pump
  • Take a nature walk at O’Neill’s Creek or Badger Range

 

Kentish Visitor Information Centre

5 Pioneer Crescent, Sheffield, TAS 7306
Tel: (03) 6491 1179
Fax: (03) 6491 2466
Email: kvic@kentish.tas.gov.au
www.sheffieldcradleinfo.com.au

Open: Daily 9am – 5pm. Closes earlier May to November.

Closed: Christmas day & Good Friday.

How to Get There

Bus

TASSIELINK COACHES
Tel: 1300 300 520
www.tassielink.com.au

Road (self-drive)

From Devonport via the B19 then B14. From Cradle Mountain and the West Coast via the C132, C136, C140 and then C141.

Travelling distances and times to nearby towns

Sheffield to: Cradle Mountain – 75km (60 min), Devonport – 27km (30 min), Strahan – 190km (2.5 hours), Ulverstone – 38km (45 min).

Accommodation

B&B’s, backpackers, hotels and motels, and self-contained houses and units.

Accommodation enquiries and bookings available at Visitor Information Centre.

Motor Homes

Self-contained motor homes can stay free for 72 hours maximum at Sheffield Recreation Ground, enter via Spring Street.

Toilets and showers are available at Kentish Visitor Information Centre 9 am – 5 pm only.

Toilets open longer during summer months.

Designated Sullage Point

West Nook Road, Sheffield.

Internet Cafes

Kentish Visitor Information Centre, 5 Pioneer Crescent, Sheffield. Tel: (03) 6491 1036.

Kentish Online Access Centre, Henry Street, Sheffield. Tel: (03) 6491 1878.

Service Tasmania, High Street, Sheffield.

Banks & ATMs

Commonwealth Bank and ATM, 67 Main Street, Sheffield.

Westpac Bank and ATM, 50 Main Street, Sheffield.

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