Tasmania week 2 : One last road trip…

This is the last full day, tomorrow we fly back home. How the 2 weeks have raced by.

One day left to explore the beauty of the Tasmanian country side. So we head west to Deloraine. I’d been told it was an interesting village with many art and craft shops to explore. Definitely sounds like our sort of place. Of course I had “Googled” it…

“Deloraine has been classified as a National Trust town of historic significance. Located on the banks of the Meander River it is often promoted as an ideal location to use as a base while exploring Cradle Mountain, the attractions at Mole Creek, the north-west coast and nearby Tamar Valley. This is not entirely fair as the town has many interesting historic buildings and it is definitely worth spending time exploring the rich street sculpture and the sculptures that are scattered around the area as well”

Arts and crafts still dominate with the town’s many local galleries, craft shops and antique stores.

Deloraine’s streets are lined with Georgian and Victorian buildings and make for a charming morning or afternoon stroll. The town’s excellent bakeries and cafes are also popular local hotspots.

We turned off the main highway to wend our way along narrow country roads, passing through quaint, small villages. finding the occasional impressive church. tasmania 848_5184x3888

This large cruciform bluestone church in the Decorated Gothic style was begun in 1869 and the building consecrated in 1874. It was designed by Henry Hunter, Tasmania’s most prolific Victorian architect. The tower was added early this century.1 The marble high altar and reredos were designed by Alexander North.

But again what most captured my eye and the camera lens was the roses. Even this austere blue-stone church had roses softening its walls. But stopping and walking along quaint village streets the roses were every where.

Arriving in Deloraine we drove right along the main street looking for parking. It was bustling and alive with a vibrant atmosphere. finally found a park right at the far end of town. Deloraine didn’t disappoint with countless art and craft shops to browse around. And also sculptures along the main street. These are just a couple of them.

Choosing somewhere for lunch was a difficult decision so many to choose from. But locally baked scallop pies and a crowded cafe with a delicious aroma drifting out onto the street enticed us in. The last art/craft shop along the main street was just closing, but when she saw us gazing in the window she unlocked the door and let us browse around. She also told us about the river walk. So we followed that trail back to where we had parked the car.tasmania 876_5184x3888

In one of the art shops we’d been told about a nearby town called Sheffield. Know as the “mural town”. This we had to see. Another delightful drive along the winding back roads with always interesting things to see.

I think these hairy highland cows were as interested in us, as we took their photos, as we were in them.

The roads were lined with lush pasture and sprinkled with wild daisies.

How fertile the rich red soil looks.

We only have a short time left to look around Sheffield. But what an amazing place.

Sheffield has reemerged as an arts community. Now it is a town covered in beautiful murals.

In the centre of Sheffield, you’ll find Mural Park. The park hosts an annual Mural Fest Painting Competition. Nine artists compete for over 6 days to be crowned with the prize of the town’s best mural. Now with over 140 murals, this rural town is its own outdoor gallery worth an afternoon walk. Sheffield became the Town of Murals due to the pioneering work of the Kentish Association for Tourism and a local named Brian Inder. The first murals went up in the mid-80’s and depicted the towns history as well as its thundering natural surrounds. More murals are added every year and Sheffield now attracts over 200,000 tourists annually


The murals were everywhere. On whole walls, tucked down alleyways, decorating private houses. An almost overwhelming number. An old horse and wagon trundled by as I was busily taking photos. What a lovely sight. Gave a real old fashioned flavour to the town.tasmania 916_4835x3289

Time was slipping by, so sadly we only had time to see, and photograph the ones along the main street.

The mural festival had been held 2 weeks earlier. So we left for home, consoling ourselves that we, hopefully, would come back to explore this area more next year.

And, of course the houses were festooned with roses and old fashioned cottage garden flowers. A real feast for the eyes.

Tomorrow will be our last day here before flying out at 9-00pm. But I have one more interesting day planned….


  1. Your delightful Launceston serious of posts makes me want to revisit.
    The whole area, Deloraine and Sheffield were an art lovers paradise.
    Till our next visit I will content myself with looking at your posts and the other photos we took.

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  2. Looks like my kind of place for a wander – excellent bakeries and cafés a plus point! And the murals are interesting. I enjoyed photographing the murals in Chemainus on Vancouver Island some years back.

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    The gardens look very much like typical English Cottage Gardens and the roses seem very healthy. Cornwall is too damp for good roses, even disease resistant ones get blackspot.

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    • Just had a look at your Canadian mural post Jude. They are amazing. What a fantastic trip that was for you. Great memories to look back on. You would enjoy Tasmania if you ever get back over here. I do so hope we get the chance to revisit again , sometime in the future. Still so much more to see. No good for roses here either, it is far too humid.


  3. Perfect places for me to visit…if I were there in your world. Arts and crafts shops, roses everywhere and the murals!!! What a wonder to see an entire town with them! I do love art, quaint shops in which to find treasures and roses. Thank you for sharing with me…and with everyone else, of course! I’m glad you could go to Tasmania.

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      • Lilacs? How interesting. To me, that seems like such an Okie flower. It is popular everywhere around Oklahoma, and became popular here when so many Okies migrated here during the Dust Bowl. Although it likes more chill than it gets here, it performs reasonably well in my garden.
        Several species of lupine are native here. Some became popular with the proponents of native species. However, such lupines are nothing like the garden varieties that I see in pictures of other regions. Their exclusively blue flowers are very small and low to the ground, and bloom only once in the very early spring. Bush lupine has yellow flowers, but is not very pretty.

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          • Oh, I know how that goes. I want to grow apricots like I remember in the Santa Clara Valley. That would not be a problem here, except that I want orchards of them. Well, that is a bit too much to ask. Also, I miss the plants that I met while in school down south, and some of those that I met in the Los Angeles region.

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