A rural inland town in Tasmania’s north west, Railton promotes itself as the Town of Topiary.

Where Is it?

24 km south of Devonport, 12 km north east of Sheffield.

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Things To See And Do

The main attraction in the town is topiary, which is the art of shaping bushes and trees by careful pruning to resemble familiar objects such as animals. The idea to use topiary to bring visitors to the town birthed in the late 1990s. It began when local business owner Neil Hurley created Railton’s first character topiary at his shop “Looking Glass Cottage” - A horse and farmer working an old plough - a living monument to the pioneering farmers of the district.

The next topiaries followed shortly after - “Ned Kelly” in Dowbiggin Street and Bluey’s “crocodile” outside the service station “Railton Motor and Tyre”. Community support quickly gathered momentum and other businesses and private individuals took up the art. Today there are over 100 individual topiary in the town – many forming their own story or scene, like the topiary service men and women to be placed at the cenotaph in town. There is even a park full of topiary animals in the Cradle Mountain National Paddock on Crockers Street. Download map of topiary locations

Additional to the topiary are six murals in town painted on shops and buildings mainly depicting the history of the area as a part of Kentish outdoor art gallery.

Henry Somerset Orchid Reserve

Henry Somerset Orchid Reserve is renowned for the diversity of native terrestrial orchids, some of the orchids are listed as rare and endangered species. Moreover, some of the orchids are not only endemic to the state of Tasmania, but to the local area. A walk takes approximately 45 minutes and starts from the carpark off Sheffield Road.

Surrounding Area

Sykes Sanctuary

Sykes Sanctuary is 40 acres of bushland with abundant birdlife, walking tracks and memorials to Norman Sykes. He was an eccentric conservationist who gave up city life to live in a small shack, close to nature. He bequeathed his property to the Railton community with the instruction that it be conserved as a bird and fauna sanctuary.


The World of Tasmazia is a crazy complex located in the wonderfully named town of Promised Land in the heart of Tasmania’s beautiful Cradle Mountain and Lakes District. Tasmazia includes 8 mazes, featuring The Great Maze, reputedly the world’s largest, as well as The Village of Lower Crackpot, a whimsical model village built to 1/5th scale.

Lake Barrington

Lake Barrington is ideal for water-based activities such as swimming, rowing, water skiing, power boating and canoeing. Picnic areas with sheltered tables, BBQs and toilets are available within the reserve. A kiosk operates on weekends in summer and during major sporting events.

Redwater Creek Steam Railway

Redwater Creek Steam and Heritage Society currently has over 1km of track. Its train is hauled by a 1906 Krauss 610mm gauge steam loco and consists of Tasmanian heritage coaches. Steam train rides operate on the first full weekend of every month from the original Sheffield railway station. Trains run every half hour from 11am until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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