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Sheffield Tasmania And Its Surrounds

March 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

After visiting the beautiful Cradle Mountain area, our next stop was Sheffield. Before arriving at Sheffield we stopped to have a look at the Dam at Lake Centhana and then to the world Rowing Course at Lake Barrington. Mount Roland was spectacular whilst driving to Sheffield. The Visitor Gazette claims that “Mount Roland has been declared Tasmania’s Uluru”.

Mount Roland Tasmania

A photo taken of Mount Roland from Roland

When we arrived in Sheffield it was obvious why it is called “The Town Of Murals”. There were murals everywhere. Mount Roland was also prominent from the town. We decided to book into the Sheffield Motor Inn, which I thoroughly recommend (nice owners and a clean place). Anyway, I took a few snaps of some murals and will show a few below.

Stillness And Warmth Mural

This was the very 1st mural for Sheffield. It shows an Austrian born man, called Gustav Weindorfer, who is known for being responsible for Cradle Mountain and lake St Clair being declared a national park. The mural depicts Gustav in Waldheim Chalet, located near Cradle Mountain, with a variety of wild animals that share his log fire warmth.

Mount Roland From Sheffield

This is a partial view of Mount Roland whilst facing the opposite direction from the 1st mural in Sheffield.

Old Sheffield Mural With Frank

I like this photo with Uncle Frank in the foreground of an earlier Sheffield mural. He almost looks the part?

Spirited Horses Mural

This mural is one of about 6 at the Sheffield Motor Inn and it shows the effects of a bolt of lightning from a thunderstorm striking a tree near people on horses working on Cradle Mountain Road. The frightened horses threw the workers off, eventually killing one of them after he suffered a broken back.

Sheffield Motor Inn

We stayed at the Sheffield Motor Inn. There were several murals there, including the Old Bakery one behind the hire car.

Although I am not all that fond of Chinese food, we went to T’s Chinese restaurant for dinner. I was pleasantly surprised with the T’s Dorper lamb dish that was served to me. It was so tender and spicy. The owner told me that they lived near the border of Russia, so their style of cooking was much different than the Cantonese style that tends to dominate most Australian restaurants.

While we stayed at Sheffield and soon after leaving we visited a few places. The Ashgrove Cheese farm at Elizabeth Town was one of those places. I have tasted some of their cheeses in Queensland, but it was nice to be able to taste more of what they had to offer. Naturally there were plenty of dairy cows in the area.

We went to the Honey Farm at Chudleigh and tasted quite a variety of honey types. They also had an active bee hive that was visible from within their shop and loads and loads of information about bees and honey. I did get a jar of Leatherwood honey, but found out that they actually provide it in my local store afterward. The honey farm was an interesting place and had a museum too, but we had to push on.

Further down the road, just before Deloraine, we visited a Salmon Farm that also had wetlands and a Ginseng Farm. We got to taste a few of their products and for a small fee we were allowed to walk around the premises and feed some of the salmon.

Frank feeding Salmon at the Salmon Farm

This photo shows Frank feeding some of the Salmon at the Salmon Farm.

Salmon And Ginseng Farm Shop

Inside the Salmon And Ginseng Farm Shop you can notice the jars of Ginseng. Supposedly, the more human-like they resemble the more powerful they are. We also had a nice salmon sandwich and a coffee at the shop.

Paradise View Of Mount Roland

I had to add one more photo of Mount Roland. This is probably my favourite and was taken from the side of the road near a place called Paradise.

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