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Historic "Sheffield Hotel"
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SHEFFIELD, Railton & Lake Barrington

SHEFFIELD is a very pretty, historic town at the base of towering Mt Roland. This mountain is the major land mark of north western Tasmania. Sheffield has many facilities, plus many historic buildings and runs a famous mural fest. Competitors from all over the World paint panels for this competition. Sheffield also runs a festival of steam powered machines called Steamfest. There is even a steam train ride and a museum. Sheffield is located south of Devonport. It is a great place to stay, if you wish to visit attractions in the Great Western Tier Mountains like Cradle Mountain.

From Sheffield you are only 20 minutes from DEVONPORT. You only 30 minutes from MOLE CREEK, DELORAINE, ULVERSTONE and WESTBURY.

You are 60 minutes driving time from LAUNCESTON, CRADLE MOUNTAIN, Mt JERUSALEM. and BURNIE.

Nearby places are described in the TARKINE REGION, DEVONPORT, ULVERSTONE, MOLE CREEK, DELORAINE, WESTBURY, BURNIE, LAUNCESTON, CRADLE MOUNTAIN and Mt JERUSALEM and Mt ROLAND pages.


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FACILITIES: Sheffield has a shopping precinct. Railton has a cafe, shops and a petrol station. There is much accommodation at and near SHEFFIELD.

TOURIST information is located at 5 Pioneer Cres, Sheffield. They have an audio tour of the outdoor murals. The telephone is (03) 6491 1036 or the contact is www.greatwesterntiers.net.au For more information on:

SIGHTS: Sheffield is a pretty town with its southern vista dominated by Mt Roland. Roland is an impressive 1234 metre high mountain.

Sheffield has made itself into the town of murals and now has 55 murals decorating the town. This practice has now spread to the nearby by town of RAILTON and the hamlets of GOWRIE PARK and ROLAND. These make the area an attractive place to stay.

Sheffield hosts STEAM FEST, where a steam enthusiast can see many old machines and the MURAL FEST.

Sheffield also has a number of sights both in and near the town. These include the:

ROUTES: From DEVONPORT follow the signs on the A1 to Cradle Mountain as these go via Sheffield. The signs will take you to B14, which is the northern approach to Sheffield.

From the A1 Bass Highway just past DELORAINE at Elizabeth Town, you turn south east onto B13, which takes you to Sheffield from the east.

CRADLE MOUNTAIN is accessed from Sheffield on C136, which goes south and gives you access to Mt Roland and Mt JERUSALEM.

Click to see the LARGER PHOTO GALLERY

  • STEAMFEST
  • SHEFFIELD
  • Murals
  • Railton
  • Barrington

 

Tasmania, Sheffield Steam fest

1/ The Sheffield Steamfest had an impressive display of old steam engines that is held in Sheffield in north west Tasmania. This photo shows an old Fowler type steam prime mover.

Tasmania, Sheffield Steam fest

2/ This Marshall steam engine had this impressive canopy on the top, plus a large wood tray. It was one of many great exhibits at the Sheffield Steamfest.

Tasmania, Sheffield Steam fest

3/ The McClaren engine was steamed up and ready to go. It showed something of the variety of steam machines seen at the Sheffield Steamfest.

Tasmania, Sheffield Steam fest

4/ The Walsh steam engine was another old monster on display at the Sheffield Steamfest.

Tasmania, Sheffield Steam fest

5/ There were also some very impressive hand made models at the Sheffield Steamfest.

Tasmania, Sheffield Steam fest steam boat

6/ The skill of the wood working craft shown on this steam boat was very impressive.

Tasmania, Sheffield Steam fest steam boat

7/ The steam boat included this very stylish control panel made out of fine woods. Steam boats were once common on the waters of old Tasmania.

Tasmania, Sheffield Steam fest steam car

8/ Steam cars were once the major competitors of the internal combustion engine used by cars today. This one was very well restored. Early cars were built out of wood like the old wagons were. It was great to see them at the Sheffield Steamfest.

Tasmania, Sheffield Steam fest steam roller

9/ This steam roller was used to make some of the first Macadam roads in Tasmania. I am glad that this iconic engine was on display at the Sheffield Steamfest.

Tasmania, Sheffield Steam fest tractor

10/ There were also some very early tractors, like this Farmall, on display at the Sheffield Steamfest. Note the odd tricycle, wheel configuration.

Tasmania, Sheffield Steam fest

11/ The full throttle power of this modern tractor was demonstrated by its ability to pull the heavy truck. It was an exciting contest to watch at the Sheffield Steamfest.

Tasmania, Sheffield Steam fest clydesdale horses

12/ There was also a horse ploughing exhibition at the Sheffield Steamfest. These Clydesdale horses were used to pull the plow. Draft horses, like these, are now quite rare.

Tasmania, Sheffield Steam fest horses plowing

13/ This photo shows the old method of plowing by this old Clydesdale horse plow enthusiast.

Tasmania, Sheffield Steam fest old plow

14/ The horse drawn plow shown above was sturdy, but simple in design. It could be repaired by the farmer. I learnt some interesting things about the old methods of farming at the Sheffield Steamfest.

 

Tasmania, Sheffield Main street

1/ Sheffield is an old town in north western Tasmania. It is a picturesque town with many Victorian era buildings. Many of these building are now decorated with the lovely murals that have made Sheffield famous.

Tasmania, Sheffield Main street

2/ Main Street is the heart of Sheffield. Here you can see the murals and the old buildings.

sheffield

3/ This Sheffield hotel is a great example of the Victorian era style of hotel.

Tasmania, Sheffield Main street

4/ The facade of this store in Sheffield is a great example of Victorian style of building decoration.

Tasmania, Sheffield Main street

5/ Salters store has used 19th Century style fonts to advertise itself. This is one of the more subtle murals seen in Sheffield.

sheffield

6/ This Sheffield shop has a massive mural on its side.

Tasmania, Sheffield Main street hall

9/ The town hall of Sheffield was built in 1914. It is an interesting late Victorian design.

Tasmania, Sheffield Main street house

10/ Many houses in Sheffield have a view of Mt Roland, which is just to the south.

Tasmania, Sheffield Main street toruist information

11/ Tourist information is located just off the Main Street of Sheffield. To the right are some empty panels awaiting murals.

Sheffield

12/ This is another view of the attractive old style shops of Sheffield.

Sheffield

13/ The church of the Holy Cross is one of the Sheffield's historic churches.

Sheffield

14/ The marble shop had a very impressive display of marbles, plus some very complicated marble races.

 

Tasmania, Sheffield, mural

1/ In April each year Sheffield holds a mural fest, which attracts skilled artists from all over Tasmania, Australia and even overseas. Many murals have a historic theme, like this one of a little girl buying lollies.

Tasmania, Sheffield, mural

2/ This mural has a complicated theme. It cleverly blends together both the outside and inside worlds of old Sheffield.

Tasmania, Sheffield, mural

3/ The 19th Century was a time when many tonics were in vogue. This mural cleverly exploits "vitality" by having the horses and dog jump out of the picture. It was one of the most creative that I saw at Sheffield.

Tasmania, Sheffield, mural

4/ This mural is about the Tasmanian's search and rescue service. They brave very harsh conditions to rescue lost and injured tourists from the Wilderness. It was good to see them honoured in the Sheffield mural fest.

Tasmania, Sheffield, mural

5/ This mural celebrates 19th Century farming. The Mt Roland element shows that this honours the local pioneers of Sheffield.

Tasmania, Sheffield, mural

6/ This mural was one of the largest. The figures are actually life size and the mural occupies the entire side of a shop. It is almost like looking in on the ancient industry of Sheffield.

Tasmania, Sheffield, mural

7/ This mural has a modern style in its colors and elements, but an old Sheffield theme. Note the minimalist approach to the faces. This new approach is in strong contrast to the staid old 19th Century kitchen theme that it illustrates.

Tasmania, Sheffield, mural

8/ This mural is only part one of the largest that I saw at Sheffield. I like the action and danger that is imposed on the elements in it.

sheffield mural

9/ In 2015 I visited Sheffield again and I was impressed by some of the new murals that I saw. This one explores the idea of a mobile phone.

Sheffield mural

10/ This mural summaries Australia's involvement in many wars.

Sheffield mural

11/ This mural had a comic and modern flavour.

Sheffield mural

12/ This mural shows Abel Tasman, the Dutch discoverer of Tasmania. As a purist I have to mention that the flags are wrong. They should be flying a company "VOC" flag - not a standard Dutch flag.

Sheffield mural

13/ This is part of a modern style mural. It shows the face of Truginini, a famous Tasmanian Aborigine. I was very impressed by the depth of character that the artist was able to show.

Sheffield mural

14/ I actually started to walk towards this mural for advice, until I realized the joke. You can even see an impression of a photographer in the left window.

 

Tasmania, Railton, topiary

1/ Railton is a small town in north west Tasmania near Sheffield. It prides itself on being the town of topiary. It has many good examples around the town.

Tasmania, Railton, topiary

2/ In a field near the main street of Railton was this farm scene made out of many topiary figures.

Tasmania, Railton, mural

3/ Like nearby Sheffield, Railton also has a number of great murals on the town's buildings. This one is about a local mine.

Tasmania, Railton, mural

4/ This mural reminds us that Railton was once a frontier town visit by bullock wagons.

Tasmania, Railton, mural

5/ The circus coming to a town, like Railton, was a great event in the 19th Century. The enthusiasm is well carried in this mural.

Tasmania, Railton, hotel

6/ Railton has a number of interesting, Victorian style buildings like this classic hotel.

Railton Tasmania

7/ Railton also has an impressive Victorian town hall.

Railton Tasmania

8/ Hidden away near the war memorial of Railton was this quaint, 19th Century, country style church.

Railton Tasmania

9/ The Railton war memorial is probably unique in having topiary figures honouring the four services.

Railton Tasmania

10/ There was another quaint, church near the war memorial at Railton.

war memorial stone at Railton Tasmania

11/ There was also this rough war memorial, which was probably the first memorial built in Railton.

Tasmania, Railton,

12/ This is a Christmas artifacts shop in Railton. It has a very impressive range of Christmas decorations. The telephone is 0417 556 700 or www.townoftopiary.com.au

Tasmania, Railton,

13/ The store sells a large range of Christmas decorations and topiary plants.

Railton Tasmania

14/ Inside you will see this very evocative mural. It is well worth a visit, if you are driving through Railton.

 

Barrington in North West Tasmania

1/ Barrington is a settlement in north west Tasmania. It is west of Sheffield.

Barrington in North West Tasmania

2/ This sign says it all. There really is a place called "Nowhere Else". Behind the sign is the towering heights of Mt Roland.

Barrington in North West Tasmania

3/ This photo shows a small farming settlement near Barrington. The brown soil is very fertile in this part of Tasmania.

Lake Barrington Tasmania

4/ This photo shows the lawn of the huge Lake Barrington reservoir. The lake is about 20 kilometres long and is used by the rowing teams of Tasmania.

 

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