Welcome to Sheffield
In the 1980s Sheffield was a typical small Tasmanian country town in the doldrums of rural decline. But then some astute townsfolk came up with an idea that had been applied to the small town of Chemainus in Canada, with some surprising and wonderful results. The plan was to paint large murals on walls around town, depicting scenes from the district’s pioneer days. Sheffield is now a veritable outdoor art gallery, with more than 80 large-scale murals, a number that grows each year through the town's annual mural-painting festival. It's a handy base for people walking around Mt Roland and splashing around in/on Lake Barrington. At the time of writing, an app with a tour of the murals was being developed – check at the visitor centre for progress.