Walk Railton’s quiet country streets and you’ll see why this community calls itself the Town of Topiary.
Grab a free walking guide, widely available in local shops or by downloading, and stroll past more than 100 imaginative examples of the art of topiary, ranging from a large elephant to soldiers standing to attention at the cenotaph.
First surveyed in 1853 and once home to a booming timber trade, the town's wide main street is a legacy of the space needed for laden bullock-and-dray teams.
Mountain bike riders can hit the 16km loop that comprises Stage 2 of the Wild Mersey Mountain Bike Trails above Railton’s Goliath Park, where there’s also a pump track.
Railton is a 1hr drive (81km) west of Launceston.
- The first topiary, Horse and Farmer, was planted by Neil Hurley, a resident who started the topiary scene here in 1999. It’s on the corner of Foster and Crocker streets.
- Go birdwatching along the walking tracks of Sykes Sanctuary, a 16-hectare bushland parcel gifted to the community by Norman Sykes, a conservationist who gave up city life to live close to nature at Railton.