Railton - "The Town of Topiary"
Found between Latrobe and Sheffield, this industry-based township has added more than 100 imaginative topiary characters to its main street area in recent years. In 'Cradle Mountain National Paddock' visitors can photograph the only `living' Tasmanian Tiger. Check out www.townoftopiary.com.au for more information on topiary activities happening in Railton.
Visitor attractions also include The Seven Sheds Brewery, Meadery and hop garden, a fibre optic lighting and gifts store, a delightful country tea room, secondhand store and a local crafts gallery. The town is also equipped with several food supply stores, service station, pub and newsagency. The Tasmanian Trail can all be accessed at Railton.
Railton (marginally smaller than Sheffield) is the next largest town in the Kentish municipality and began its life as a rail head. The town was named after the daughter of a pioneering family, not the railhead as commonly thought. The wide main street in Railton indicates the space needed to turn the bullock teams and drays that were responsible for hauling Kentish produce to the railway station.
Railton is the home of Cement Australia. Cement Australia began operating in the 1920's producing the world reknowned 'Goliath Cement'. Goliath Cement was used to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge. In fact, the construction industry throughout Australia has used cement from the Railton plant since the plants inception. This is a testament to the purity of the limestone lode still being used to produce cement.
A limestone quarry close to town served successive owners of the cement works and the disused quarry can still be seen along the main road to Railton. Early government milled trees within the surrounding area and shipped the timber across Bass Strait to build the city of Melbourne.
The GPS coordinates for Railton are Longitude 41 20' S [Decimal Degrees -41.346 ] Longitude 146 25' E [Decimal Degrees 146.423 ]. Click here to view the location of Railton on Google Maps.
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