Sheffield

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DISTANCES: Devonport 30Km, Launceston 93Km

TOWN OF MURALS

This is scenically one of the most attractive areas of the state, with peaceful farmlands, rugged mountain gorges, quiet streams, rivers well stocked with fish, waterfalls and virgin forests. The town is nestled under spectacular Mt Roland which stands 1,234m above sea level.

Sheffield is the gateway to Cradle Mountain as well as to the Lake Barrington International Rowing Course, where excellent facilities are provided for barbecues and family outings.

Sheffield, the “Town of Murals”, is home to spectacular paintings, executed by professional artists, featuring the district’s pioneer history. An especially designed Mural Park is home to the annual National Mural Festival ensuring 9 new murals each year.

Tas Visitor Information Network Centre at 5 Pioneer Court. Phone (03) 6491 1036.

EVENTS

Steamfest

Redwater Creek Steam & heritage Railway, Sheffield

Held annually in March

Steamfest brings history to life over three days with one of the biggest collections of working steam machinery in Australia, steamtrain rides, exhibitions of pioneering skills such as blacksmithing, historic machinery such as steam threshers and rock crushers, and vintage cars.

Historic battle re-enactments by the Tasmanian Lighthorse, and medieval jousting by the Order of the Dragon’s Realm.

Kids v Steamroller Tug-o-War, plenty of kids’ entertainment plus 100 art, craft and food stalls.

Free camping for self-contained vehicles.

see www.stemfesttasmania.org.au for details.

Taste of the North-West

Held annually in April

More than 30 stalls featuring the finest North-West gourmet produce in the idyllic surrounds of historic King George V Park, at the foot of Mt Roland. This paddock-to-plate showcases the finest wine, cider, beer and ginger beer; seafood, beef, rabbit pies, smallgoods, , free range lamb sausages, pulled pork tacos, ale and beef pies; fudge; berries; preserves, condiments, olive oil, jams and chutneys; potatoes; and yoghurt, cheese and other dairy products, produced in the region.

This event coincides with the judgment day of International Mural Fest, bringing more than 10,000 people to the historic town of Sheffield for an exotic combination of food and art.

Entry is free.

Mural Fest

Mural Park, Sheffield

Held annually in April

International Mural Fest culminates in a week-long paint-off final in which mural artists from Australia and around the globe compete for the Inder Prize. More than $30,000 in prizemoney ensures some of the world’s best mural artists vie to be one of the 9 finalists still painting in Mural Fest finals week.

Entry is free

Markets

Sheffield Town Hall Market

The Sheffield Town Hall Market is held on the second Saturday of every month, from 9am to 2pm, at the Sheffield Town Hall on High St, Sheffield.

The stalls along High Street and inside the Town Hall include fresh produce, secondhand goods, biscuits and cakes, preserves, handcrafts and handmade gifts and stationery supplies.

Coffee and yummy food are available with seating in the supper room of the Town Hall.

For further information, contact Narelle on 6433 4412.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO

Mural walk, Tigers Tale Robotic Theatre, Antique Doll & Heritage Museums, Heritage Steam Railway, Galleries: art, woodcraft, pottery, ceramics, handcraft, souvenirs; Lakes, Bush Walks, Waterfalls, Caves, Views.

Working Art Space: See artists live at work every Friday to Monday

RECREATION

Golf at Badgers Heights, Fishing, Tennis, Lawn Bowls, Gaming Machines.