Here brewer and beer connoisseur Willie Simpson has turned a passion for home brewing into one of Tasmania's best boutique breweries. Located in the small town of Railton, 12km northeast of Sheffield, this brewery, meadery and hop gardens offers visitors the opportunity to taste its range of Kentish ale, melomel and a fabulous dry mead. You can also tour its microbrewing operation (noon Wednesday to Sunday; advance bookings essential).

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1. Sheffield Working Art Space

5.48 MILES

Tasmanian Regional Arts Kentish (TRAK) helps artists in the local community to develop their art practices and promote their work. This volunteer-manned…

2. King George V Park

5.52 MILES

Hidden behind Main St's shops (access is via an asphalt path), this park has plenty of trees and lawn, a children's playground, public toilets, picnic…

3. Kentish Museum

5.54 MILES

There’s all sorts of historic clutter on display here: an early telephone exchange, old organs, military paraphernalia and the world’s first automatic…

4. Cherry Shed

7.42 MILES

As the name suggests, this place at the Bass Hwy entrance to Latrobe showcases local cherries. It's only worth visiting during the short cherry season …

5. Court House Museum

7.59 MILES

Manned by volunteers, this small National Trust museum in a court house building dating from 1882 is home to a hodge-podge of local memorabilia and…

6. Sherwood Hall

7.95 MILES

This historic cottage (c 1850) near the river was built by a remarkable pioneer couple, ex-convict Thomas Johnson and his wife, Dolly Dalrymple Briggs,…

7. Spreyton Cider Co

8.06 MILES

Around 6km west of Latrobe along the B19 and C146, this company produces some of Tasmania's best-loved apple and pear ciders. Visit its modern tasting…

8. House of Anvers

8.59 MILES

Fudge and truffle, milk and dark – every taste is catered for at this chocolate factory just out of town. Visitors can watch chocolates being made …