A rural inland town in Tasmania s north west, Sheffield is known as the Town of Murals because of the many murals that decorate the walls of buildings around the town.
Names like Promised Land, Paradise and No Where Else were used to encapsulate the beauty of the region. Visitors today believe this still rings true!View rich agricultural fields, rolling green hills and natural vistas when journeying to Sheffield, Cradle Mountain, Wilmot and Railton. Experience the change of environments from low lying grassy plains to the foothills and grandeur of Mt Roland, the most prominent landscape feature visitors see en route to Sheffield.
Where Is it?: 29 km south of Devonport.
Visitor Information Centre: 5 Pioneer Crescent, Sheffield. Ph (03) 6491 1036.
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Sheffield attracts over 200,000 visitors each year, most coming to see the murals painted on walls throughout the town and buildings along the roadside. The first mural commissioned was of Gustav Weindorfer, a passionate mountaineer, naturalist and conservationist. Since then many more murals embellish the building in the town. Sheffield now has more than sixty murals painted on the walls of the town buildings and a further nine murals displayed in Mural Park.
Mural Walk Maps are free of charge and may be obtained from most businesses. The Mural Art Book is also available and can be purchased from most shops or the Visitor Information Centre at 5 Pioneer Cres, Sheffield 9am 4pm daily.
CLAUDE RD MARKET
Claude Rd Hall, Claude Rd, Sheffield
Trading: 3rd Saturday of the 3rd Month
Type: Trash & Treasure. Phone: (03) 6491 1853
Redwater Creek Steam and Heritage Society currently has over 1km of track. Its train is hauled by a 1906 Krauss 610mm gauge steam loco and consists of Tasmanian heritage coaches. Steam train rides operate on the first full weekend of every month from the original Sheffield railway station. Trains run every half hour from 11am until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
In The Area
Kimberley Warm Springs are a geothermal feature and semi-developed visitor site located within the town of Kimberley. The micro climate created by the warm springs results in a unique habitat.
Sykes Sanctuary is 40 acres of bushland with abundant birdlife, walking tracks and memorials to Norman Sykes. He was an eccentric conservationist who gave up city life to live in a small shack, close to nature. He bequeathed his property to the Railton community with the instruction that it be conserved as a bird and fauna sanctuary.
Henry Somerset Orchid Reserve is renowned for the diversity of native terrestrial orchids, some of the orchids are listed as rare and endangered species. Moreover, some of the orchids are not only endemic to the state of Tasmania, but to the local area. A walk takes approximately 45 minutes and starts from the carpark off Railton Road.
Warrawee Forest Reserve has a five kilometre walk with access to barbeque facilities, tables and three ponds stocked with trout. Platypus can sometimes be viewed on tours conducted early in the morning or at dusk with the Latrobe Landcare Group. Tours should be pre-booked a day or two before arriving at the reserve.
A rural inland town in Tasmania s north west, Railton promotes itself as the Town of Topiary - which is the art of shaping bushes and trees by careful pruning to resemble familiar objects such as animals. The idea to use topiary to bring visitors to the town birthed in the late 1990s. It began when local business owner Neil Hurley created Railton's first character topiary at his shop,Looking Glass Cottage - A horse and farmer working an old plough - a living monument to the pioneering farmers of the district.
Today there are over 100 individual topiary in the town - many forming their own story or scene, like the topiary service men and women to be placed at the cenotaph in town. Railton is 14 km south via Railton Road.
Often described by visitors as a hidden treasure, somewhere that they have stumbled across, Westbury is a pretty English-style village on the Great Western Tiers tourist route between Devonport and Launceston. A village green, lots of tree-lined streets, old courtyards and stables, elegant old inns and a feast of charming old buildings means a visitor could easily spend a day just wandering around the streets.
A classic Georgian village and classified historic town, Westbury was developed as a military garrison and the troops were barracked around what today is the Village Green, reputedly one of the few traditional village greens in Australia. Prisoners were put in stocks on the green.
The Great Western Tiers are the northern face of the Tasmanian Central Plateau, which rises up to 1420m above sea level and is dominated by Cradle Mountain. In the foothills of the Great Western Tiers can be found a wide range of attractions both man made and natural which can be explored on this drive.
Allow a full day for the drive; add additional time if you are contemplating taking any of the bushwalks in the area or spending more time than a quick visit. The Great Western Tiers are the gateway to Tasmania's best known National Parks - Cradle Mountain, Lake St. Clair and Walls Of Jerusalem - as well as an alternative route to the west coast of Tasmania.
Though it has a population of around 500, Elizabeth Town is one of those places that if you blink you might miss it. But if you do miss it, you will miss out on some of the best gourmet produce of Tasmania's north-west, because Elizabeth Town at the heart of a productive agricultural region producing dairy products and small fruits.
An historic farming centre on the Mersey River that was once an inland port serviced by ferries from Devonport. The town is just off the highway on the way to Launceston after leaving Devonport. Bells Parade was the first Port on the North West Coast for shipping produce. Attractions at Letrobe include the Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame; Courthouse Museum; Warrawee Reserve Platypus Tours. Location: 17 km from Port Sorrell via Port Sorrell Road to Wesley Vale, then via Wesley Vale Road to Latrobe.
Mount Roland stands at 1234 meters above sea level on the northern edge of the Great Western Tiers region of Tasmania. It provides an imposing backdrop to the Kentish Municipality and for the town of Sheffield. Like many of Tasmania's mountains, at first sight it would appear to be a difficult climb. From most angles it presents the onlooker with the steep bastions of seemingly impregnable cliffs. These ramparts form the containment walls of a huge dolerite plateau of which the summit tor is but a small part.
The summit of Mount Roland offers a 360 degree vista of the surrounding countryside. There are two tracks to the summit which provide spectacular 360 degree views to Bass Strait, Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff. Mount Roland stands at 1234 metres above sea level.
Wilmot, located in Tasmania's mountainous north-west, is en route to the town are numerous roadside lookouts with views to Mount Roland and Lake Barrington. The 20-minute climb to the summit of Bell Mountain (803 metres) is steep but rewards you with uninterrupted, 360-degree views of surrounding mountains including Mount Roland, Mount Claude, Mount Vandyke, the Great Western Tiers, Cradle Mountain and Black Bluff. Location: 67 km south east of Burnie, 41 km south of Devonport, 141 km from Launceston on Cradle Mountain Road.
When coming to Wilmot from Sheffield, you will go through the most quaintly named place in Australia - No Where Else. What is there at No Where Else? Not much really, there are no shops, no pub, no general store or toilets, just a few farm houses and an interesting sign to have your photo taken under! Nowhere Else came into being because the original road from Barrington ended at the entrance to a farm. When drivers asked the farmer what was further on he told them 'No where Else'.
If you follow Nowhere Else Road, you'll soon reach Mt Roland, which sits in all its magnificence in front of you. On the way you'll passed through another interestly named place - Promised Land. Stop the car and check out the scenery and you'll see why it got its name. There is also a Paradise and a Crackpot (this refers to a town, not a person) in this neck of the woods, just in case you thought a place name can't get any funnier than Nowhere Else.
Paradise was named by a land-prospecting farmer who came through dense undergrowth cover, emerging to find a magnificent view of Mt. Roland. Sitting down at the base of a large gum tree, he was said to exclaim "This is truly paradise". Scottish pioneer settlers bestowed these unusual place names as they opened up the land. Since many of them had been forced off their lands by English Lords or religious persecution, it is no wonder that they viewed this place as a gift of providence. Paradise is considered by those who live there to be the gateway to the best of the Tasmanian Wilderness areas - including the spectacular Cradle Mountain and Lake Saint Clair National Parks, Liffey Falls and the Mole Creek caves.
After all these funny names, it will come as no surprise to find there is also village of Lower Crackpot at Promised Land. Part of Tasmazia, Lower Crackpot is a whimsical model village built to 1/5th scale. Each building has a story to tell, and is connected to real people. There is the Cathy Freeman Sports Centre. Sir Joh Bjelke Petersen is the member for Lower Crackpot, complete with ivory tower.
The village is dedicated to all those in middle life who, in this new economic age, are 'adjusted' out of their jobs, professions, businesses, farms, careers and thrown onto the economic scrap heap, there to start again, some way, as happened to its creator, Brian Inder at age 54. The village, at the entrance to Lake Barrington International Rowing Course, is meant as an inspiration to these people - you can pick yourself up and succeed in a new life, you can thumb your nose at the "new order" and still have a ball.