Sheffield Town of Murals
Sheffield is part of Tasmania's Outdoor Art Gallery - a place where you can recharge amidst natural beauty and enjoy fun family attractions, fresh country produce and award-winning local wines. The gateway to Tasmania’s iconic Cradle Mountain, Sheffield lies aproximately 35 minutes from where the Spirit of Tasmania disembarks passengers in Devonport and where visitors fly into Devonport airport. A journey to Tasmania's Outdoor Art Gallery will lead you to 50 historic outdoor murals in this quaint country town. Take the "Story of the Sheffield Murals" self-guided audio tour (available for hire from the Kentish Visitor Information Centre) and immerse yourself in the story of how a typical Tasmanian town facing rural decline succeeded in becoming a wonderful outdoor art gallery! Fertile farmlands of Kentish Plains dominate the scenery, with Mt Roland towering the southern skyline at 1233m above sea level. Is it any wonder pioneering settlers named their townships Paradise, No Where Else and Promised Land?
The Kentish Plains surrounding Sheffield were initially used for grazing land. Miners opened up the high country. Bushmen harvested the timber and constructed sawmills. Grazing land became farming land with dairying, potatoes, pigs, sheep and snaring for furs sustaining pioneers. Vegetable crops began to replace dairy herds in the 1960's. In 1963, the Mersey-Forth Hydro Development began in the Kentish hinterland.
Sheffield has developed into a hub for fine arts and crafts people. Studio-galleries with woodcraft, glass and ceramics, are dotted around the region. At the Working Art Space a co-op of artists display their wares and demonstrate their skills for visitors. The Kentish Museum contains a wealth of information and artifacts which reveal the shire’s agricultural, industrial and social histories. At Promised Land is Tasmazia – a whimsical complex which includes challenging mazes, the model village, Lower Crackpot, and a pancake parlour.
Sheffield eateries can cater for a quick take-away or a restaurant meal. Browsers will discover various specialty stores where souvenirs, second-hand treasures, fine art and gifts can be purchased. Accommodation includes hotels, lodges, cabins, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, motels and self-contained cottages both in Sheffield, Cradle Mountain, Wilmot or the surrounding countryside.
When in Sheffield experience the Story of the Sheffield Murals self-guided audio tour, available for hire at Kentish Visitor Information Centre.