Sheffield is located 32km south of Devonport in farming country. Mt Roland sits pretty as the town’s scenic backdrop and the poppy blooms fill the fields. The picture perfect natural landscape is just the start of perfect pictures here.
Dubbed the “Town of Murals”, this township pulled itself out of financial hardship in the 1980’s by following the lead of the town of Chemainus in Canada, painting the town’s walls with murals of history and scenery. Today it proudly boasts over 50 spectacular murals around the town centre and is a remarkable success story.
Tourists now come from far and wide to experience this genius outdoor art gallery
that so inspired a dying town. You can wander the streets at your leisure and appreciate the fabulous works of art or listen to the Mural Audio Tour as you go, learning of the town’s history from locals. The audio tour is available at the Kentish Visitor Information Centre on Pioneer Crescent.
The murals’ success has so encouraged and heartened the local community they introduced another concept which attracts artists to their town annually. Mural Fest
is held each Easter and 9 artists participate in the competition, painting a mural in one week. The murals remain on display for 12 months in Mural Park beside the Visitor Centre. Voting and donations help support these gifted artists and the continuation of the competition.
Another form of art found here is the magnificent art of woodwork found at the Blue Gum Gallery
on the main street. A huge range of wooden products crafted locally from Tasmanian timbers is on offer and the pieces are of remarkable craftsmanship and quality.
There is no caravan park in town however overnight camping is permitted at the Recreation Ground on Spring St.
The town of murals is undoubtedly worth a visit on your Tasmanian expedition. The magnificent murals are a credit to the community and the turnaround the town made from sinking to rising is remarkable. Sheffield today is shining.
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Destinations in Tasmania
Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers
Freycinet National Park
Mt Field National Park
Return from Sheffield to Tasmania