Tour of Tasmania: Sheffield
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Sheffield (pop ~1000) is known as the "town of murals" due to 34 attractive murals on the walls of local buildings, depicting the area's history. In the foothills of Mt. Roland (bottom), Sheffield and the surrounding area (known as Kentish) has plenty of both natural and man-made attractions.

The Mersey-Forth Hydro-Electric Scheme dammed the Forth River northwest of Sheffield, resulting in the creation of Lake Barrington. The Lake is now one of the finest rowing venues in the world, and a previous site of world championships. The Lake Barrington area is also good for waterskiing and canoeing, has an adventure playground, and a two-hour family nature walk through the rainforest. North of the recreation area is the Lake Barrington Estate Vineyard, then further north still is Devil's Gate Dam, with a suspension bridge allowing access to viewing areas.

Close by is Tasmazia, the largest maze complex in the world, where patrons are advised to stock up on "survival rations" of pancakes before embarking on their journey!

To the east of Sheffield there are thermal springs near the town of Kimberley. Also be on the lookout for the steam train, operated by the Red Water Creek and Heritage Society.

Sheffield has three 4-star and four 3½-star accommodation facilities (RACT rated), mainly of the bed & breakfast nature.

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