Richmond

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Population 879

Richmond, just north of Hobart, is one of the most important historic towns in Tasmania. Richmond Bridge is the oldest surviving freestone bridge in Australia, built by convicts under appalling conditions in 1823. The situation was so bad that one convict committed suicide by throwing himself off the bridge. Other convicts beat and killed an overseer who was known for his cruelty; legend has it that his ghost still haunts the bridge.

Visitor Information

Old Hobart Town model village, 21A Bridge St, opposite Henry St; (03) 6260 2502

www.richmondvillage.com.au

Nearby national parks

  • Tasman National Park

    Comprising a narrow coastal strip along the east and south of Forestier and Tasman peninsulas and several offshore islands, Tasman National...more

  • Maria Island National Park

    With a west coast characterised by gentle sloping hills and an east coast of towering cliffs dropping dramatically to the sea, Maria Island...more

  • Mount Field National Park

    Mount Field is one of the oldest national parks in Tasmania and also one of the most diverse. In its lowland rainforests there are glades of...more

Nearby towns

  • Sorell

    The south-eastern town of Sorell was founded in 1821, and was important in early colonial times for providing most of the state's grain. It...more

  • Pontville

    The area around Pontville (declared a town in 1830) was first explored by Europeans when Hobart experienced severe food shortages in the...more

  • Kingston

    Almost an outer suburb of Hobart, this pleasant seaside town sits just beyond the city limits. Its literary claim to fame is that Nobel...more

In Town

Old Hobart Town Taking 3 years to build, this is an intricate model of Hobart in the 1820s. A remarkable feat, it is also historically accurate. Bridge St.

Richmond Gaol One of Australia's best preserved convict prisons, built in 1825 and once the abode of convict Ikey Solomon, said to be the inspiration for Dickens' Fagin. Self-guided tours. Bathurst St; (03) 6260 2127.

Richmond Maze and Tearooms: 2-stage maze with surprise ending, puzzle corner, gardens and Devonshire tea; Bridge St.

Historical walk: many heritage buildings throughout town include Ivy Cottage, Village Store and Richmond Arms; 'Let's Talk About Richmond' brochure from visitor centre.

Art galleries: local arts and crafts in heritage buildings include Saddlers Court (c. 1848); Bridge St.

Olde Time Portraits: photographs of people in period costume; Bridge St.

Prospect House: historic Georgian mansion built in 1830s, supposedly haunted by the ghost of its past owner; Richmond Rd.

Nearby

ZooDoo This Wildlife Park is on a 330 ha farm with native fauna such as Tasmanian devils, galahs, emus and the rare albino pademelon wallaby. Middle Tea Tree Rd; (03) 6260 2444; 7 km W.

Southern Tasmanian wine region: a number of wineries fan out from Hobart, with most offering cellar-door tastings.vineyards north of town include Stoney (6 km N) and Crosswinds (10 km NW); brochure from visitor centre.

Scenic drive: north through Campania (8 km) and Colebrook (19 km).

Fishing spots near town

The Springs 18 km

Visitors to Hobart who are short on time can get a trout fix less than 20 mins’ drive from the CBD at an exclusive fishery called The Springs. It is a year-round fishery and is restricted to a maximum of two... Find out more


Twin Lakes 26 km

I always thought the title of John Gierach’s entertaining book Where the Trout are all as Long as your Leg was a little farfetched, until I realised it related to a time when he was five years old. I am a little... Find out more


Salmon Ponds 38 km

Most Australian trout anglers regard Tasmania as the nation’s premier trout destination. It’s like Tasmania was purpose-designed for trout, with hundreds of lakes and a cooler climate. Mother Nature... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Island Cycle Tours 19 km

This innovative company offers guided and self-guided cycling tours, ranging from three-hour jaunts in and around Hobart, to three-week expeditions on the west coast. There are trips to combine cycling and hiking, and... Find out more


Salamanca Market 19 km

With so much excellent fresh produce in Tasmania, you should consider picking up some local organic fruits and vegetables and cooking up your own feast. Try the famous Salamanca Market (Saturday 8.30am–3pm) or City... Find out more


Mount Wellington Walks 24 km

You can quite easily pick up a map and explore Hobart’s wilderness playground on your own but, for initiates, the maze of tracks may be best travelled with a guide who will show you bushfoods and wildlife, teach... Find out more


Golf courses around town

Tasmania Golf Club 11 km

The challenge a golf course presents can often be measured by the quality of player it produces. At Tasmania Golf Club, the name Goggin crops up regularly on the honour boards. Lindy Goggin, a three-time Australian... Find out more


Royal Hobart Golf Club 14 km

Royal Hobart Golf Club has come a long way from humble beginnings. It started out at Sandy Bay, not far from where Wrest Point Casino stands today, in 1896. Known as the Newlands course, it was an incredible par- 89:... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Abby’s Restaurant

You know you’re in for an elegant evening as you approach historic Prospect House via its little bridge and sweeping driveway. In Abbys’ three classical dining rooms, the tables are clad in white linen, lit... Find out more


Ashmore on Bridge Street

This casual cafe does the best coffee in town and scrumptious Devonshire teas, served in a corner store with big-paned windows and a cosy open fire in winter. This is also the place to head to if you want to fuel up for... Find out more


Ma Foosies

This bright little cafe has all bases covered, offering everything from country bacon-and-egg breakfasts and Devonshire teas grandma would be proud of, to gourmet stuffed panini and excellent cappuccino. Take a table on... Find out more


Richmond Wine Centre

Despite the name, there is a whole lot more than just wine here. The beauty of this place is you can sip and sample to your heart’s content until you hit on the perfect choice, and then you can buy a bottle or six.... Find out more


Meadowbank Estate

Meadowbank’s modern tasting complex is one of Tasmania’s most inviting cellar doors. In the upstairs gallery, Tom Samek’s whimsical floor mosaic tells the ‘Flawed’ history of Tasmanian wine,... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Moo Brew 17 km

With its striking, glass and steel brewhouse perched high above the Derwent River, Moo Brew is probably the best-appointed microbrewery in the land. It’s also part of Moorilla Estate, situated on the outskirts of... Find out more


Cascade Brewery 21 km

It’s impossible not to wax lyrical about the Cascade Brewery. It is the oldest working brewery in the country, one of the quaintest-looking industrial buildings and it’s located in the most picturesque of... Find out more


Two Metre Tall Company 39 km

Ashley Huntington actually is 2 metres tall – probably taller if you include his mop of curly hair – and his generous height is also the name for the craftbrewing enterprise he runs from the Derwent... Find out more


Campsites around town

Kempton Overnight Bay camping area 30 km

This sizeable layover is ideal for travellers looking for a quiet overnight stop between Hobart and Launceston. Tiny Kempton has an old-world village atmosphere with galleries, cafes, churches and heritage houses to... Find out more


Lime Bay camping area 33 km

This picturesque, grassed camping area is 4 km beyond the historic mining site and is the starting point for an easy, scenic walk to Greens Point cliffs and Lagoon Beach. Gas/fuel stoves are recommended, and you need to... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Barilla Holiday Park 11 km

This is a quality park on the outskirts of greater Hobart. It has most facilities for the discerning traveller including an eatery, and a ‘putt-putt’ golf course that is worth seeing. We like this park.... Find out more


Treasure Island Caravan Park 17 km

Located about 9 km north-west of the city, this is a quiet, off-highway park on the banks of the Derwent River. It is close to the Cadbury Factory, a popular tourist attraction, and close to shops. This is an older park... Find out more


New Norfolk Caravan Park 31 km

Across the road from the Derwent River, the park is in a picturesque location just 1.5 km from the centre of town. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Snug Beach Cabin and Caravan Park 39 km

A quality seaside park south of Hobart, this place is tourist oriented and has good facilities at a good price. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Ashmore Cottage

Built in the 1830s from convict-made bricks, Ashmore Cottage is a restored heritage-listed Georgian cottage surrounded by pretty gardens and a picket fence in the main street of historic Richmond. Sleeping up to six, but... Find out more


Hatcher’s Manor

This Gothic-style accommodation complex shares its pretty riverside setting with 20 000 apricot trees and a gaggle of farm animals, ensuring plenty of entertainment for avid fruit pickers and kids who want to feed... Find out more


Mrs Currie’s House

This two-storey 1850 Georgian B&B has three beautifully decorated rooms with high ceilings, floral fabrics and brass beds, or if you fancy a night in what is possibly the oldest rammed-earth dwelling in Australia,... Find out more


Mulberry Cottage B&B

Richmond probably has more colonial B&B cottages than any other town in Tasmania, but this one is special. Included in the tariff you’ll be transported back to the Van Diemen’s Land of the 1820s with a... Find out more


Richmond Arms Hotel

Resurrected after a fire in 1888, this fine Georgian hotel is Richmond’s local, where the tradition of the Friday-night meat raffle – proceeds to the town’s volunteer firefighters – is still a popular drawcard. The only... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Kempton camping area 30 km

At Kempton

Just off the highway. At the south end of town.


New Norfolk park area 30 km

At New Norfolk

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.


Dunalley park area 35 km

At Dunalley

Adjacent to the highway. On the south side of town.


Gretna park area 42 km

At Gretna

Under shady trees next to the sports oval and fire station.


Raspins Beach park area 42 km

1km N of Orford (R) or 7km S of Triabunna (L)

Adjacent to the highway overlooking the foreshore. Toilets located 200m south.


Murdunna park area 42 km

At Murdunna

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.


What's on around town

Richmond Village Colonial Fair: Mar.

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