Sheffield is encounted when traveling from Cradle Mountain to Devonport (or vice versa) in the shadow of Mount Rowland. Sheffield is a pretty rural town that has recently decided to be a mural town.

Located 30 km from Devonport and 93 km from Launceston, Sheffield (named after the famous town in Yorkshire). It is now widely accepted that 'Sheffield' as a name was probably chosen by Edward Curr, the manager of the Van Diemen's Land Company, who was a native of Sheffield in England.

 Sheffield had the brainwave and successfully turned itself into a tourist destination. The brainwave was 'murals' and consequently the town has huge and fascinating murals, most depicting the early history of the area, on every available blank wall. These murals are quite often on heritage buildings of which there are a number.

Sheffield is nestled in under Mount Roland in an area of rolling hills and gentle valleys which produces fat lambs, pigs, potatoes, timber and a number of vegetable crops.

The area grew slowly but the commencement of the Mersey-Forth Power Development Scheme in 1963 saw the town grow dramatically. The completion of the power scheme - seven dams and seven power stations - in 1973 saw the town's population decline. Today it has grown to become the centre of the surrounding Kentish district.

Also known as Kentish Museum it is located in Main Street and offers excellent displays on the history of hydro-electricity in the area and the usual array of local artifacts.

The Sheffield congregational churches are an all represented. The United, Presbyterian and Catholic are all 100 years plus. The Anglican one of the worst you will ever see.

The Sheffield Hotel is a century plus building.

The Sheffield War Memorial is located on the southern fringe of the central business area.

Heritage diary

Be sure to allow plenty of time when visiting.


  Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
  Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities   Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
  Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course