Tasmania’s “Town of Murals”, 30 minutes from Devonport on the B14, features more than 100 huge paintings on the walls of buildings, created by local artists which depict local history and characters. Take the audio tour, available from the visitor information centre, to interpret the stories the murals tell. Historic Sheffield, at the foot of majestic Mount Roland (1233m), is surrounded by a patchwork tapestry of fertile farmland surrounds. This quaint and quirky town is also known for its eclectic shops, such as World of Marbles, The Emporium and The Contraptuary, or step back in time at the historic Slater’s Country Store, which has been owned by the same family for more than 100 years.
Sheffield is the gateway to Cradle Mountain and the ideal coffee or lunch stop with its broad variety of cafes, restaurants and takeaways. The town has developed into a hub for fine arts and crafts people and studio-galleries with woodcraft, glass and ceramics are dotted around the region. At the Working Art Space a co-op of artists display their wares and demonstrate their skills for visitors. The Kentish Museum contains a wealth of information and artifacts which reveal the shire’s agricultural, industrial and social histories.