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Sheffield, in the foothills of majestic Mount Roland, is a friendly rural town where history and art merge to create an entire town of murals.

Once a centre for industry, the town has reinvented itself as an arts community. The famous Sheffield murals trace the history of the area and feature Cradle Mountain pioneer Gustav Weindorfer, Tasmanian Tigers, and pictorial representations of characters and stories of the past.

Mural Park is home to the annual Mural Fest painting competition, with nine artists participating in a paint-off over six and a half days. With more than 140 murals, Sheffield is Tasmania's own outdoor art gallery.

While indoors, more murals can be found in Mural House, where murals inspired by native art from a range of cultures are painted by the artist on the interior walls of her home. Mural house is just one of several galleries, studios and museums in Sheffield.

Casual drives throughout the area will reward with stunning views of striking Mount Roland and a host of quirky named towns, each with a unique personality and expressed through topiary or unusual letterboxes.

Nearby in the small hamlet of Promised Land you'll find Tasmazia and the Village of Lower Crackpot, one of the world's largest maze complexes with eight mazes, a model village, pancake parlour and gift shop.

Also nearby is an international rowing course at beautiful Lake Barrington and Devils Gate Dam, a great place for a picnic.

Sheffield is a 30-min drive (30 km) from Devonport.

Local tips

  • Visit the Kentish Museum, featuring displays of the Mersey-Forth hydro-electric scheme and the world's first self-serve petrol pump
  • Take a nature walk at O'Neill's Creek or Badger Range