Sheffield Tourism & Travel
Situated on the foothills of Mt Roland in the North West region of Tasmania, Sheffield is some 184kms northwest of Hobart, 66kms west of Launceston and 23kms south of Devonport. The picturesque rural hub has a thriving art scene made famous by a series of iconic town murals depicting the local history and scenery. Wonderful man-made and natural attractions are in abundance around Sheffield, and the iconic Cradle Mountain is within easy reach of the charming country town. Sheffield is the administrative centre of the Kentish district Council and has a population of 1,397 souls.
The town centre of Sheffield has many intriguing attractions, such as the iconic Sheffield murals, The Kentish Museum showcasing local history, an old steam train offering rides to the public, and the Badgers Range Kimberleys Lookout providing great walking trails and magnificent views. Many art and craft shops are also found within the Sheffield town centre and artists can be viewed at work at the Working Art Space.
Not far out of town, great bushwalks lead to the summit of Mt Roland for spectacular views; many different species of trees are found in the experimental forest of Stoodley Forest Reserve; and the renowned Lake Barrington Estate Vineyard offers tastings at the cellar door.
Sheffield - Near by
See where many national and international rowing championships take place at Lake Barrington, 14kms southwest of Sheffield, and experience the worlds largest maze complex named Tasmazia in Lake Barrington Nature Reserve.
The nearby Railton is known as the town of Topiary with over 100 tree formations to take in. The vibrant port of Devonport is some 23kms north of Sheffield, and breathtaking views over the Cradle Country mountains and Bass Strait are found at Wilmot, 38kms away.
National Park Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair
61kms southwest of Sheffield, Tasmanias most recognisable landmark, Cradle Mountain is situated within the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park. Tasmanias highest peak, Mt Ossa, and Australias deepest natural freshwater lake, Lake St Clair are also within the vicinity of the Lake St Clair National Park.
The annual art competition, Mural Fest, draws artists from all over Australia and the finalists murals remain on display for 12 months. Heritage games and stalls are found at the annual Steam Fest, which also has interesting steam equipment on display.
Sheffield Restaurants & Cafes
Most of Sheffields cafes and restaurants are situated on Main St and include iconic Tasmanian bakeries, luxurious fine dining and good old pub fare.
A small regional airport is located 35 minutes north of Sheffield. Airlines commonly servicing the airport include Qantas and Tasair flying to destinations such as Melbourne, King Island and Hobart.
Sheffield was first explored in 1842 but the areas dense forests caused settlement to be delayed until 1859 when the population of Tasmania was larger. In 1963, the town of Sheffield prospered with construction of the Power Development Scheme, but declined when the dams were completed.
Sheffields economy now thrives on tourism, mainly due to the introduction of the town murals drawing around 120, 000 visitors annually. Sheffields economy is also highly based on agriculture and is renowned for its high quality butterfat production from dairy farming.