Just 25 minutes from Hobart is one of Tasmania’s most popular destinations. A leisurely stroll through Richmond will reveal a Georgian town lost in time.
This is a wonderful town to explore to learn about Tasmania’s past, while enjoying visits to galleries, museums, cafes and historical landmarks.
Richmond houses Australia’s oldest bridge still in use. Built in 1823, it is a great photo op with grassy banks for picnicking and a local duck population. Get up close to the intricate detail, or hire a row boat and run your hands over the sandstone bricks of the arches. Just up the road from the bridge is St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Churh. Built in 1836, it is considered to be Australia’s oldest, still-functioning, original church in Australia.
The Old Hobart Town Model Village is a perfect setting to learn about the life of early settlers in Hobart. It is located in the heart of Richmond and visitors can walk through a miniature replica of Hobart as it was in the 1820s.
Visit the Old Richmond Gaol to get a feel for those days as a penal colony. It is the oldest jail in Australia and gives glaring insight into the difficulty of convict life in the 19th century. It’s open for self-guided tours daily, and as you explore the cells you can learn about the stories of some of the notorious inmates.
New to the area is the unique “Pooseum.” Find out all you ever wanted to know about something everyone has in common!! Kids love it! Be sure to sample the local chocolates and old fashioned sweets as you stroll down the colonial main street.
Located about 6 kms from Richmond, Zoodoo is a hands-on safari and native animal park, spread over 90 hectares. Here, view one of Tasmania’s largest collections of native, agricultural and exotic animals, including two rare white lions.