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Mt Roland, Sheffield, Tasmania, Australia

Matthew Stewart

Nundah, Australia

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Gear: Canon 5D Mk II | Canon 17-40

Settings: ISO 200 | f/11 | 1/100 | 32mm

On our travels to Launceston from Arthur River, I plugged in Sheffield as a waypoint in the GPS for it’s murals. However when I got there, I noticed such awesome clouds around Mt Roland which sits right about Sheffield itself. We drove crazy trying to find a comp and the GPS just happened to take us down this road past this lake! It’s been well shot and I’m glad I came across the lake as it provided some great reflections with the slowly fading autumn afternoon light.

Here is my trip video of my trip to Tasmania in Autumn 2011 – you can check it out here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmjd0WyzkX0

My previous video, “Tasmania, Spring 2011 – A Compliation” can be found here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WBGjkiarxc

Sheffield

Sheffield is a town situated 23 km inland from Devonport on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia’s island state. Sheffield has long been the rural hub for the Mount Roland area. The Sheffield area is well known for its high quality butterfat production via dairy farming. The area is suitable for lamb and beef production. The town of Railton is nearby. At the 2006 census, Sheffield had a population of 1,397.

In North West Tasmania, Sheffield as one of the many early townships was settled in 1859. The town was named ‘Sheffield’, by Edward Curr after his home town in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.

Sheffield has become a major tourist attraction due to it being promoted as “Town of Murals”, based upon the instrumental contribution of local tourism pioneer Brian Inder.

The first town mural was painted in Sheffield in December 1986. Since then over 60 murals depicting the area’s rich history and beautiful natural scenery are painted on walls scattered throughout the town and buildings along the roadside. The murals attract an estimated 120,000 people to the town annually.

In the heart of Sheffield, there are a number of studios open to the public where visitors can watch the artists as they do their work. Artists of every discipline, including photography, fine art, glass, woodcraft, pottery, ceramics and specialised crafts.

Mount Roland

Mount Roland is a Conservation area in Tasmania. It is in the north of the island, near the town of Sheffield. It rises to 1234 metres and there are a number of well-marked bushwalks suitable for a day of pleasant exercise. There are walking tracks from both Claude Road and Gowrie Park to the summit.

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