Sheffield

Mount Roland, Gary Lewis / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 1397

Inspired by the Canadian town of Chemainus, Sheffield has revitalised itself by commissioning artists to cover the town in murals depicting local history and scenery. As a result, the town has been transformed into Tasmania’s largest outdoor gallery and a centre for artisans creating beautiful work in wood, glass, precious metals, stone and even chocolate.

Visitor Information

5 Pioneer Cres; (03) 6491 1036

www.sheffieldcradleinfo.com.au

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

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In Town

Story of the Sheffield Murals: audio tour that explains how the town went from rural decline to thriving outdoor art gallery; available from visitor centre.

Kentish Museum: exhibits on local history and hydro-electricity; open 10am–3pm daily; Main St.

Blue Gum Gallery: arts and crafts; at visitor centre.

Steam train: Red Water Creek Steam and Heritage Society runs a train 1st weekend each month; Cnr Spring and Main sts.

Badgers Range Kimberley's Lookout: 90 min return, with short, steep sections. Views along the walk; access from High St, Sheffield North.

Nearby

Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park Covering 124 942 ha, this national park has over 25 major peaks, including the state's highest, Mt Ossa, and possibly its most spectacular, Cradle Mountain. The terrain is marked by pristine waterfalls, U-shaped valleys, dolerite formations, forests of deciduous beech, Tasmanian myrtle, pandani and King Billy pine, and swathes of wildflowers. There are many tracks for all levels of experience, but visitors should always check for up-to-date information on conditions. The most famous walk is the 6-day Overland Track, a 65km trail through spectacular alpine wilderness to Lake St Clair at the southern end of the park, and one of Australia's best known walks for experienced, well-equipped walkers. Bookings are essential in summer and luxury guided walks are also available. Shorter trails include the Dove Lake Loop Track, a 2hr walk circling pretty Dove Lake beneath the shadow of Cradle Mountain; the 10min Rainforest Walk, through a patch of cool temperate rainforest behind the visitor centre; the easy 20min Weindorfers Forest Walk, through a glade of pines and myrtles; the 30min Enchanted Walk, beside pools and waterfalls; and the more arduous 8hr Summit Walk to the top of Cradle Mountain. For bookings, contact Parks & Wildlife Service, Mon–Fri (03) 6233 6047; for more information, contact Cradle Mountain National Park Visitor Centre, 4057 Cradle Mountain Rd; (03) 6492 1110; 61km SW.

Tasmazia One of the world's largest hedge mazes with ‘rooms’ and ‘doors’ leading to the Three Bears Cottage. Along with 7 other mazes, a cubby town, pancake parlour and Lower Crackpot model village there’s plenty of crazy fun to keep the kids going all day. Open Mon–Sun; 500 Staverton Rd, Promised Land; (03) 6491 1934; 14km SW.

devils@cradle: located near the entrance to the national park, see Tasmanian devils up close; daytime keeper tours and after-dark feeding tours are available; 3950 Cradle Mountain Rd, Cradle Mountain; (03) 6492 1491; 55km SW.

Stoodley Forest Reserve: experimental tree-farm forest, with a 40min loop walk through European beech, Douglas fir, radiata pine and Tasmanian blue gum. Picnic areas; 7km NE.

Lake Barrington Estate Vineyard: tastings and sales; open Wed–Sun Nov–Apr; West Kentish; 10km W.

Railton: known as the 'Town of Topiary', Railton has over 100 living sculptures; 11km NE.

Mt Roland: well-marked bushwalks to the summit, which rises to 1234m, with access from Claude Rd or Gowrie Park; 11km SW.

Lake Barrington: internationally recognised rowing course created by Devils Gate Dam. Picnic and barbecue facilities along the shore; 14km SW.

Wilmot: this 'Valley of Views' has magnificent views of the mountains of Cradle country and Bass Strait, novelty letterbox trail, and the original Coles store and family homestead; 38km W.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Platypus Encounters, Latrobe 18 km

Three brothers almost single-handedly turned an old quarry site into one of the most reliable places in the world to see wild platypus. In fact, the guided tours have never failed to encounter a platypus in Warrawee... Find out more


Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek 20 km

One of the most respected and long-running wildlife parks in Tasmania, Trowunna is involved in conservation, education and rehabilitation. There is a wide range of wildlife on display, including devils, reptiles, quolls... Find out more


Gunns Plains Cave 27 km

Located just south-west of Gunns Plains (some 23 kilometres south-west of Ulverstone), this is yet another great limestone cave. It has one of the largest shawl formations in the Southern Hemisphere, glow worms aplenty... Find out more


Giant crayfish research, near Ulverstone 27 km

Tasmania has the largest freshwater crayfish in the world, and they can grow up to a metre in length, with claws that could cut a person’s hand off. You can go out on a research trip with the world’s expert... Find out more


Hiking the Penguin to Cradle walk 37 km

If you want to embark on a little-known, but highly varied Tasmanian bushwalk, try part or the entire 80-kilometre Penguin to Cradle walk. It starts at the coast, goes through a mix of rural areas, woodlands, canyons,... Find out more


Tarkine Trails 39 km

Delve deeply into the temperate rainforest of the Tarkine Wilderness on a multi-day bushwalk with Tarkine Trails. Unashamedly made up of conservation activists, the company is keen to show you why the Tarkine area should... Find out more


The Overland Track 43 km

Deservedly the most well-known, multiday walking route in Australia, this 65- to 80-kilometre route through Cradle Mountain– Lake St Clair National Park is a classic (for national park information, see park entry... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

TJ's Cafe

In Scottish-themed surroundings, this cafe serves homemade scones and light meals during the day from its cute main-street shop next to Sheffield’s post office. Take a break from your sightseeing for a plate of... Find out more


Highland Restaurant

Cradle Mountain village’s misty air infused with wisps of wood smoke is bound to arouse a hearty appetite, and this fine-dining restaurant is perfect to slowly and deliciously wind up your day of pristine... Find out more


Weindorfers

In a magical Lord of the Rings landscape, with Mount Roland towering above, this shingle-roofed rustic cabin houses a country-style restaurant offering an eclectic menu and good coffee. It’s a delightful place to... Find out more



Yvette’s

Across the road from Sheffield’s shopping strip, this popular little cafe opens during the day to a loyal clientele who come here for Sheffield’s best coffee. With trained baristas brewing excellent coffee,... Find out more


Campsites around town

West Kentish Park camping area 9 km

This informal camping area on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Barrington is 6 km from West Kentish. Busy when there are rowing events at the lake, at other times it is a peaceful campground amid pretty scenery. Bring... Find out more


Lake Barrington West camping area 10 km

Lake Barrington is famous for its world-class rowing course, and while there are big crowds here for rowing championships, the rest of the time there is peaceful camping, all-year angling and beautiful scenery. Camping... Find out more


O’Neills Creek Reserve camping area 13 km

Next to the creek and rodeo ground, this pretty forest reserve has places for vans for short stays (2 nights maximum), making it a perfect overnight stop on your way to Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park.... Find out more


Mole Creek Caravan Park 19 km

This riverside caravan park, just west of Mole Creek township, has plenty of attractions close by. There are Australia’s finest cave systems at Marakoopa and King Solomons Cave, as well as honey farms, a cheesery,... Find out more


Lake Gairdner camping area 25 km

There is a free camping area with no facilities on the banks of this hydro lake, so if the campground at Cradle Mountain is full (as it often is), this may be a good alternative, provided you are completely... Find out more


Lake Parangana camping area (bush camping) 30 km

Peaceful, scenic camping sites are dispersed in the bush along the western shore of this long, skinny lake. It is a lovely spot to fish, swim and boat – or just relax. From Mole Creek take the Liena Rd to the... Find out more


Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park 31 km

This large caravan park is close to shops and just a short walk from the foreshore of the Rubicon estuary, with its sheltered beach and lovely views of Narawntapu National Park. The safe swimming beach and kids’... Find out more


Bakers Point camping area 32 km

On the point by Springlawn Beach, this large camping area has 36 sites – 16 suitable for larger rigs – a portable toilet waste collection point and a boat-launching area. There’s excellent fishing in... Find out more


Koybaa camping area 32 km

This camping area at Griffiths Point, 4 km past the ranger station, has 12 small sites surrounded by scrub. They are only suitable for tent-based camping because you have to carry your gear in past a row of... Find out more


Pioneer Park camping area 33 km

Set among farmland and forested hills 15 km from Penguin, the tiny settlement of Riana is picture-postcard pretty. Its quiet little campground is on the left-hand side of the main road (B17), just past the cricket oval... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Abel Tasman Caravan Park 23 km

Located just a couple of blocks from the Spirit of Tasmania terminal, this park has obvious benefits for those arriving or departing by the boat. The park has sites to cater for all size rigs and is ideal for a longer... Find out more


Bay View Holiday Village 24 km

Close to the beach on the east side of Devonport, this park is just a short drive to the Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Wings Wildlife Park 27 km

Staying here is a different experience. There is trout fishing, bushwalking, kayaking, golf, and more. The park has good facilities including powered sites, but we would opt for the unpowered riverfront camping area. The... Find out more


BIG4 Ulverstone Holiday Park 28 km

This is a good quality park with spacious grassy areas and a range of facilities, about 1 km from the town centre and close to the surf club on East Beach. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park 31 km

This popular beachfront park is owned and operated by the Lions Club. It is close to the centre of town, adjacent to the boat ramp and ideal for family holidays. It is an easy drive to the Devonport ferry terminal from... Find out more


Deloraine Apex Caravan Park 32 km

With good facilities, this park is about a oneand- a-half hour drive to Cradle Mountain and about half that to Great Lake. There are good bushwalks in the area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Penguin Caravan Park 37 km

This beachfront park at the western end of town has undergone a makeover. The waterfront sites have been refurbished and the park has a licensed restaurant. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Discovery Holiday Parks – Cradle Mountain 39 km

Set in bushland just outside the World Heritage-listed Tasmanian wilderness area, this quality park has good facilities including a large recreation building with open fireplaces. It is a popular camping site for walkers... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Cradle Mountain 
Highlanders Cottages

Tucked away in the rainforest, these 12 rustic timber cabins offer self-contained, secluded accommodation close to Cradle Mountain’s information centre and pickup point for the shuttle bus into the national park.... Find out more


Cradle Mountain Lodge

On the edge of Tasmania’s World Heritage wilderness, this award-winning luxury lodge and spa is set discreetly among native myrtle glades just outside the national park boundary. It is so close to the park that the... Find out more


Cradle Mountain 
Wilderness Village

These modern chalets are arranged in clusters next to the national park, each one affording absolute seclusion. With sleek lines, private balconies, plate-glass windows and light contemporary interiors, they invite... Find out more


Discovery Holiday Park

These budget cabins a kilometre from the entrance to Cradle Mountain National Park have no-frills self-contained accommodation, along with a camping area, caravan sites and bunk rooms for backpackers. There are 25... Find out more


Eagles Nest Retreat

This super-luxurious retreat makes the most of its spectacular surroundings, with a two-storey wall of glass showing off the amazing views across the valley to the soaring cliffs of Mount Roland. In Eagles Nest One there... Find out more


Waldheim Cabins

Suited to hardier travellers and affording unsurpassed access to Cradle Mountain’s magnificent alpine wilderness, these eight vertical-board huts are inside the national park at the starting point for... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Mountain Valley, Loongana 29 km

Mountain Valley is off the beaten tourist track, situated around 64 kilometres south-west of Devonport (due south of Burnie). Visitors here stay in rustic cabins with open fireplaces on a private and remote 60-hectare... Find out more


Cradle Mountain Lodge 41 km

Live in the lap of luxury – old style – with a warm and welcoming central lodge, surrounded by individual cabins. Like nearly any large lodge, it does not have a perfect environmental record, but this... Find out more


Waldheim Cabins 43 km

You can steal a march on everyone else in the morning by staying in historic cabins at a beautiful spot within Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park, operated by the Parks and Wildlife Service. The cabins are... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Parramatta Creek rest area 18 km

26km NW of Deloraine (L) or 17km SE of Latrobe (R)

Among shady trees on the banks of the creek.


What's on around town

Town Hall Market: High St; 3rd Sun every 3rd month.

Friday Night Folk: Skwiz Cafe; 63 Main St; last Fri each month.

Steam Fest: Mar.

Mural Fest: Apr.

Daffodil Show: Sept.

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