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Mersey Lea: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Looking Glass Cottage - Fibre Optic Magic


Step into another world at Looking Glass Cottage's "Fibre Optic Magic" at Railton.
Looking Glass Cottage specialises in magical mood lamps, and Christmas lighting - discover an amazing array of beautiful mood and character lamps, Christmas novelties and fibre optic trees up to eight feet high displayed in beautiful dark rooms.
We have beautiful giftware, novelty items and fabulous topiary frames - find that gift for any special occasion.
View our murals inside and outside, and discover our amazing Character Topiary Gardens including "Cradle Mountain National Paddock" with its many topiary characters including Tasmania's only "living" topiary Tassie Tiger.
Neil is the inspiration for "Town of Topiary" and is happy to chat about his unique character topiary creations, creating topiary and how the concept for the town came into being.
Free Railton Topiary Trail Maps, viewing of topiary gardens, and viewing in our magical dark rooms. Group and bus tour groups most welcome.
Looking Glass Cottage is a 20-to-30-minute drive from Devonport via Latrobe on the scenic route to Cradle Mountain.
Free undercover electric barbecue and toilets (including disabled) directly across the road from Looking Glass Cottage in Lions Park, and free motor home park at Railway Park.




18 - 20 Foster Street,
(Corner of Foster and Crocker Street)
Railton, TAS, 7305

Located 2.0K from Mersey Lea

Seven Sheds Brewery Meadery and Hop Garden


Seven Sheds is a craft brewery attraction located in topiary-themed Railton on Tasmania's North West Coast.
The brewery is owned and operated by former beer writer Willie Simpson, who in 2014 was the first person to recognised by the Craft Brewing Industry of Australia for services to Australian craft beer.
Willie and partner/co-owner Catherine Stark started brewing commercial batches of hand-crafted Kentish Ale in their Railton backyard in 2008. The cellar door now offers up to five beers for tasting and by the glass, plus bottled seasonal brews and limited release brewer's reserves to tantalise the tastebuds.
A Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail member, the Seven Sheds cellar door is centrally located within a region that provides a range of foodie and beverage attractions within easy touring distance of Launceston, Devonport and Burnie and en route to Cradle Mountain. Railton is on the recreational Tasmanian Trail and also handy for visitors stocking up on their way to the Spirit of Tasmania ferry.
Cellar door samples, tasting paddles, beer by the glass and bottle sales are available from 1100 Wednesday to Sunday from September through to July.
Pre-booked brewery tours are available midday Wednesday to Sunday for $25 per person.




22 Crockers Street
Railton, TAS, 7305

Located 2.2K from Mersey Lea

Henry Somerset Orchid Reserve


Australia's only orchid reserve, this site is renowned for the diversity of native terrestrial orchids. Some of the orchids are listed as rare and endangered species. Some are not only endemic to the state of Tasmania, but to the local area.
Take Railton Rd (B13) about 5 minutes' drive south from Latrobe.
The walk takes approximately 45 minutes. The reserve does not have any public facilities and there are no entry fees to pay.
Some 43 species have been recorded within the reserve, varying from the tall 60cm tall Hyacinth orchid Dipodium roseum, a leafless saprophyte that appears annually in early summer, to the tiny 2cm Winter Helmet orchids Corybas species.
Recent taxonomic review into the Genus Caladenia by the Centre for Plant Biodiversity, Australian National Botanical Gardens in Canberra, has resulted in the discovery of a new species, Robust Finger orchid, Petalochilus tonellii, named after the reserve founder and Hon. Warden Peter Tonelli.




Railton Road
Railton, TAS, 7305

Located 6.9K from Mersey Lea

Sheffield Golf Course


Sheffield Golf Course, also known as Badger Heights, is a course with a view in North West Tasmania. The nine-hole course is located at the foot of the Badger Range, near Sheffield, a 40-minute drive south of Devonport (30 km) and a one-hour drive west of Launceston (93 km).
Sheffield Golf Course is undulating and heavily wooded, with stands of graceful eucalypts fringing the greens. You can play a challenging round of golf here; the 210 metre, par three sixth with a dam at the back of the green is one of the more demanding holes. Club hire is available for men, women and juniors, and because the course favours left-handed players, some left handed sets are also available for hire. As a green fee guest, you can join members in the regular competitions and relax in the fully-licensed clubhouse after your round.
This area is dominated by the craggy peak of Mount Roland (1,234 metres) and the course has outstanding views of the mountain and across the Kentish Plains. There are a number of well-marked bushwalks here, and walking tracks to the summit reward you with stunning views.
Holes: 9, Par: 68, Length: 5,041 metres, Australian Course Rating: 65.




214 Nook Road
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 7.9K from Mersey Lea

Mural House


Mural House is a display of murals at Sheffield, north-west Tasmania. Sheffield is located beneath the craggy peak of Mount Roland (1234 m), a 30-minute drive south of Devonport (30 km) and a 90-minute drive west of Launceston (93 km).
Mural House specialises in murals inspired by native art from a range of cultures, painted by the artist on the interior walls of her home. Mural house is one of a number of galleries, studios and museums in Sheffield - a town known internationally for its collection of public murals depicting the area's rich history. Since 1986, dozens of murals have been painted in the town, ranging from large scale work by professional painters, to murals by local school children. Sheffield attracts over 100,000 visitors each year who come to admire this collection of public art. The town also hosts the annual Mural Fest - a national competition of mural art.




100 High Street
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 9.6K from Mersey Lea

Redwater Creek Railway


Redwater Creek Steam and Heritage Society in Sheffield operates steam train rides on the first full weekend of every month. You can experience rail travel from yesteryear from the original restored Sheffield railway station. A restored Krauss steam loco pulling rebuilt heritage carriages runs every half hour from 1100 until 1600 on Saturday and Sunday.
On Sundays when we're open, the Model Railway is open too - take the kids to press the big button and make the little trains go around the lovely layout the model club has created.
The Redwater Creek Railway's Coffee Shop has a Tasmanian Barrel wood heater keeping everyone nice and cosy in the winter. You can order home baked goodies while you wait for the next train, or have light tasty meals ready for you when you return from your 20-minute train trip.




Cnr Spring Street and Main Street
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 9.6K from Mersey Lea

Warrawee Forest Reserve


Warrawee Forest Reserve is a nature precinct and picnic ground on the banks of the Mersey River. This is the best place in Tasmania for seeing platypus in their natural surroundings (guided tours available). Best time to see platypus is late afternoon, dusk and first light. Nature walks in the area (90 minutes maximum) provide opportunities to see Tasmanian wildlife such as echidnas, pademelons and wallabies. Flora in the area includes rare orchids. Warrawee is also the site of early European settlement in the area and remnants of past shale mining and coal mining activities remain to this day.




Shale Rd
Latrobe, TAS, 7307

Located 9.7K from Mersey Lea

Mersey Lea: Events

Sheffield Medieval Festival


The Sovereign Military Order of the Knights Templar Tasmania (SMOKTT) presents a wonderful merry-making family event displaying some of the best Sword, Jousting and Archery skills.
New to the event this year is Horse back archers, recently returned from USA tournaments.
From Tug-O-War, kids participative games, Medieval Dress Competition, to stalls, hot and cold food, bar, camping, Music entertainment on Saturday night, Belly dancing displays and MUCH more, there is something for the whole family to experience and enjoy at this affordable and amazing medieval extravaganza.


Event Dates
2016
      24th Sep
      25th Sep


Main Street and Spring Street
Sheffield, TAS, 7000

Located 9.6K from Mersey Lea

Redwater Creek Steam and Heritage Society Railway Steam Train Rides


The Redwater Creek Steam and Heritage Society offer a heritage rail experience through the regular operation of a century old Krauss locomotive. The train leaves each half hour from the restored Sheffield railway station from 11am to 4pm on the first full weekend of each month. Our Railway Coffee Shop is open while the train is running, offering tasty light meals and home baked goodies with choices and at prices to suit families. Come in and try us!
The Railway began as a community building enterprise in 1993 and is well regarded for the restoration and preservation of steam-era machinery and local history. The steam museum on site houses a comprehensive member's collection of working steam engines which can be viewed on running days.
The Railton-Roland line opened in 1914, offering daily passenger and twice weekly goods services until 1957. Our steam Railway retains our heritage in an authentic environment.


Event Dates
2016
      3rd Jul
      6th Aug
      7th Aug
      3rd Sep
      4th Sep
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2017
      7th Jan
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      4th Feb
      5th Feb
      4th Mar
      5th Mar
      1st Apr
      2nd Apr
      6th May
      7th May


Cnr Spring and Main Streets
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 9.6K from Mersey Lea

SteamFest 2017


Lots of raves from visitors showed our 2016 SteamFest was a steaming success! Our 2017 SteamFest is going to be better again, that is because we always aim for more next time! We want to build on what we achieved in 2016 with many more stalls offering Tasmanian foods, crafts and fresh produce, and new exhibits, entertainers and children's activities.
SteamFest brings history to life over three days with one of the biggest collections of working steam machinery in Australia, steam train rides, exhibitions of pioneering skills such as blacksmithing, historic machinery such as steam powered threshers and rock crushers showing how things were done in yesteryear, and vintage cars.
Kids vs Steamroller Tug-o-War, plenty of kid's entertainment plus lots and lots of art, craft and food stalls. And of course, our Krauss steam loco running every half hour, all day long!
Check out the website for photos and updated information from time to time.


Event Dates
2017
      11th Mar
      12th Mar
      13th Mar


Cnr Main and Spring Streets
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 9.6K from Mersey Lea

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