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Concealed in the foothills of majestic Mount Roland is the enterprising town of Sheffield, where history and art merge to create an entire town of murals. Almost 1,000 people live in Sheffield, farming sheep, cattle, deer and emus. You can learn about the history of the Kentish district from the murals themselves, or in local museums, but there are also many galleries and studies to browse in. At the Working Art Space you can talk with local artists as they work. The views from the summit of 1,234 metre Mount Roland are worth the climb. Sheffield is close to an alpaca farm, vineyards, Devil's Gate Dam and Kimberley's thermal springs. The beautiful Lake Barrington, created by the Mersey-Forth Hydro Electric Scheme, is an international rowing course and a haven for water sports. When you get to The Promised Land, you'll find Tasmazia and the Village of Lower Crackpot, which has its own postcode. With seven mazes, Tasmazia is the largest complex of its kind in the world. It specialises in lavender, honey and pancakes. Sheffield was explored by Nathaniel Kentish in 1842 but its dense forests meant that it was not settled until1859. It was named by Edward Curr, after his homeland in Yorkshire. The town prospered in 1963 with the Power Development Scheme, but declined when the dams were completed. Sheffield is the centre of the Kentish district, and Mount Roland (named by Captain James Rolland in 1823) is a great source of artistic inspiration. Sheffield, 30 kilometres south of Devonport, reaches an average maximum temperature of 21 degrees in January and 11.5 degrees in June. Occasionally Mount Roland receives a dusting of snow and a visual delight.

Sheffield

Sheffield: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Slaters Country Store


Slaters Country Store is an historic general store in Sheffield, northern Tasmania. Sheffield is a one-hour drive from Launceston (93 km) and a 30-minute drive from Devonport (30 km).
Established in 1899, Slaters Country Store has been operated for over 100 years by five generations of owner-managers. The historic building retains its original fa?ade and broad veranda, and is located in central Sheffield. You can browse through the store's range of merchandise including clothing and Tasmanian souvenirs. Look out for quirky features like the antique wall telephone and learn a little of some of Sheffield's more famous murals.
Sheffield is known internationally for its collection of public murals, which depict 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.




52 Main Street
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 0.0K from Sheffield

Mural Park


The epicentre of the annual International Mural Fest, this park houses the murals of the nine international finalists from that year's competition. Mural Park also features the Wall of Fame, which presents the winning murals from previous years' competitions. The murals follow a competition theme each year, in which murals must be painted to fit a theme derived from the winning entry in a poem competition held as part of International Mural Fest. Entry to Mural Park is free.




6 Pioneer Crescent
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 0.1K from Sheffield

World of Marbles and the Contraptuary


The World of Marbles specialises in hand-made glass marbles, based in Sheffield, North West Tasmania. All marbles feature contemporary art designs and many are made on site. The studio is open for visitors to watch the marble making process using hot glass. There is a gallery with marbles to purchase, a kids room full of playing marbles and an exhibition room which houses the owners' private collection. This is the only gallery of its type in Australia.




34 Main Street
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 0.2K from Sheffield

Working Art Space Sheffield


The Working Art Space is located in Sheffield the famous northwest Tasmanian Town of Murals. It is both an art gallery and thriving hub of local arts related activity. Established in 2005 by the Kentish branch of Tasmanian Regional Arts, it is situated in a heritage-listed former drill hall built in 1912 for the 22nd Light Horse Company.
The interior of the building has been transformed into a high quality arts based facility where you can view and purchase the exceptional work of local artists and artisans, enrol in one of the regularly held workshops plus check out the latest exhibition on display.
If you take the self-guided audio tour of Sheffield's murals, which can be arranged through the Visitor Information Centre, you will eventually find yourself at the Working Art Space because it boasts its own mural with a fitting theme - an old man reminiscing on his youth as a Light Horseman. Alternatively you can follow the stunning new mosaic pathway featuring Tasmanian flora and fauna created by Working Art Space members, from the carpark at the centre of town across historic King George V Park and find yourself at the Gallery. It is definitely worth a visit.




2 Albert Street
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 0.3K from Sheffield

On Trak Gallery


The region is known as "Tasmania's Outdoor Art Gallery" and is a hub for local artists.
The On Trak Gallery features some of the finest art and craft by local artisans in a rolling series of exhibitions and presentations.
Art is for sale.
Entry is free.
Why not stop in and have a look at this selection of high-quality local art while at the Sheffield Visitor Information Centre.




2 Albert St,
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 0.3K from Sheffield

Kentish Museum


The Kentish Museum is a heritage museum at Sheffield, North West Tasmania. Sheffield is a 40-minute drive south of Devonport (30 km) and a one-hour drive west of Launceston (93 km).
The Kentish museum preserves and displays artefacts from Sheffield's history. Exhibits include agricultural machinery, minerals, shop fittings, old books, historical newspapers, pioneer household effects and clothing. The museum also has excellent displays on the history of hydro-electricity in the local area. The Kentish Museum is located in Sheffield's main street and is open from 1000 until 1500 each day.
Sheffield is known internationally for its collection of public murals, which depict 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.




93 Main Street
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 0.3K from Sheffield

Working Art Space


The local art group hosts a series of rolling exhibitions in this quaint historic exhibition building, neighbouring King George V Park in Albert St, Sheffield. There is usually an artist working on-site each day and new exhibitions each month, plus several travelling exhibitions during the year and frequent workshops of various art areas from photography, pottery and more recently mosaics.
Local artists provide a diverse range of outstanding art work, including paintings, photography, sculpture, sketching and much more, which you can view and purchase. You can also pre-book a demonstration session by an artist for your tour or special group, which includes complimentary refreshments.




5 Albert St
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 0.3K from Sheffield

Sheffield: Events

SteamFest 2019


Our 2019 SteamFest was a steaming success! Our 2018 SteamFest is going to be better again, that is because we always aim for more next time! Every year we want to build on what we've achieved already and this means more stalls offering Tasmanian foods, crafts and fresh produce, and new exhibits, entertainers and children's activities. In 2017 we opened our new Miniature Railway - another attraction for the littlies and the not so young!
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
2019
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Cnr Main and Spring Streets
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 0.6K from Sheffield

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, and during summer, also on the third weekend.. Our Railway Coffee Shop is open while the train is running, with nice coffee and hot chocolate.. 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 onsite 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.


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Cnr Spring and Main Streets
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 0.6K from Sheffield

Sheffield: Travel Tips

Kentish Visitor Information Centre


Tasmanian Visitor Information Centres are staffed with skilled and knowledgeable locals who can provide expert travel information, itineraries and tour suggestions, as well where to go, what to see and where to eat.
Tasmanian Visitor Information Centres can also making bookings for you.
Tasmanian Visitor Information Centres are located around the Island and are open seven days a week..




5 Pioneer Crescent
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 0.1K from Sheffield

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