Things To See And Do
Kimberley Warm Springs are a geothermal feature and semi-developed visitor site located within the town of Kimberley. The micro climate created by the warm springs results in a unique habitat.
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.
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 Railton Road.
Warrawee Forest Reserve has a five kilometre walk with access to barbeque facilities, tables and three ponds stocked with trout. Platypus can sometimes be viewed on tours conducted early in the morning or at dusk with the Latrobe Landcare Group. Tours should be pre-booked a day or two before arriving at the reserve.
No where Else ... and Paradisde!
As the signpost outside the Visitor Information Centre suggests, there are some in the vicinity of Sheffield with unusual and often quaint names like Paradise, Gentle Annie, Promised Land and No Where Else. There is very little at these localities today, but they are well worth a visit, if only for a photo of their unusual signposts and the beautiful scenery that inspired many of these names.
There are a number of waterfalls near the village of Moina. Arm, Forth, Hogg Creek, Bridal Veil, Champagne and No Name Falls are all within easy reach of Sheffield. Walking tracks to each falls vary in length for an easy 20 minutes (Arm Falls) to a moderate two hour (Bridal Veil).
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.