While Gavin is hopping around the house, Think Tasmania is hopping around the state courtesy of some very talented photographers. We’ve been down to the Tasman Peninsula with Dan Fellow at the Port Arthur Convict Settlement; across to the west coast with David Lamplough at Strahan… and today we’re in Railton, the Town of Topiary thanks to debutante contributor Benita Bell.
Evidence: This is the Town of Topiary!
photos by Benita Bell
Benita Bell lives in Railton, so a themed collection featuring the town of topiary seemed the perfect way to introduce her business, Daydream Photography. While starting close to home, there will be more of Benita’s Tasmanian photos from further afield to come soon. For instance, the woman of the hour will be on tour in the Tamar Valley tomorrow, with camera in hand.
That’s quite convenient for us actually. We’ve scheduled an article designed to introduce a reader giveaway thanks to the Festivale committee, also Think Tasmania members. Benita will be taking photos of Royal Park in Launceston tomorrow, so we can entice visitors to the river-front venue for a New Years Eve bash.
However, back to the topic at hand… the town of topiary! Michelle from Uncover Tasmania Guided Tours (yes, another valued member of Think Tasmania) introduced our readers to Railton back in May 2012. Michelle ate rabbit pies, drank boutique beer and shopped for craft, all in the name of research. What a gem!
Fibre Optic Magic: Christmas Special
During one of our visits to nearby Sheffield, staying at Eagles Nest Retreat, we too enjoyed the hospitality of Railton. It’s not just the town of topiary, but also home to the fantastic Looking Glass Cottage and Fibre Optic Magic, a magical place to visit at any time of the year, but particularly special around Christmas. It’s certainly enough to draw tourists away from the major centres.
We’ve recently published stories about the small Tasmanian towns of Geeveston, Southport, Richmond and Ross (to name just a few). We’re utterly inspired when locals and tourists jump in with comments, describing for our community their own favourite places to visit locally.
If you should find Railton a particularly interesting place to visit, feel free to give a shout out to your favourites. Is there a food or beverage that people simply must try while in town? Does a clever crafter make something worth admiring? What are the can’t-miss things to do in the area? Maybe you just like following the self-guided trail depicting the 100+ versions of topiary scattered around the town. Please tell us what makes this town great in your opinion… we’d love to know!
Fast Facts About Railton
- a town in the north-west coast region of Tasmania with a population of approximately 900 residents
- located between Latrobe and Sheffield about 20kms inland from Devonport
- originally known as Redwater Creek, early settlers were mainly farmers and timber workers
- renamed in the 1860s after the construction of a tramway line. The railway line from Deloraine to Latrobe (and hence through the town of Railton) was completed in 1885
- the main street is noticeably wide and was apparently built that way to accommodate fully-loaded bullock teams as they made their way to the railway station
- had a flourishing timber trade with two sawmills by the 1900s
- home of Cement Australia which began operations in the 1920s and produces the ‘Goliath Cement’ brand used to build (amongst other things, obviously) the Sydney Harbour Bridge
- nearby Sykes Sanctuary covers 40acres of bushland with walking tracks to appreciate abundant local birdlife
Benita Bell lives in Railton, the town of topiary, and owns Daydream Photography. She says “the world looks absolutely amazing. Beauty everywhere just waiting to be captured and shared”. We’re very pleased Benita chose to share images from her home town with Think Tasmania, and look forward to following her photographic journey. We’d also like to thank Dan Fellow, this website’s tourism photography stalwart, for the introduction.
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