Richmond is a historic town along the Coal River, around 24km from Hobart. Well known for its nearby wineries and fruit orchards Richmond is perhaps best known for its rich variety of with stunning Georgian architecture that has been well restored.
The village has charming cobblestone roads, cottages and you can marvel at gems not found anywhere else in Australia.
A focal point of the Richmond township is the Richmond Gaol (now a museum), built in the 1800's, the gaol is an eerie place where you can gain an insight into where the Van Diemen's Land's convicts, bushrangers and aborigines lived out their gaol terms.
Richmond is home to Australia's oldest bridge, which was built by convicts between 1823 and 1825 and is now a heritage listed site. The bridge is made from sandstone quarried at Butchers Hill and was originally named Bigge's Bridge. The bridge is still in use today.
There are numerous churches that are worth visiting especially St John's Catholic Church, which is Australia's oldest remaining Catholic Church. St John's Catholic Church and burial grounds commenced in 1837 and over the years the church has had three different spires. The current spire was built in 1972.
Another interesting place to visit while in Richmond is the Old Hobart Model Village. The model village allows you to view a detailed model of how old Hobart Town looked back in the 1820's. The model has been hand made crafted with exacting details and reconstructed with assistance from actual original plans of the era.
The model village is located at 21A Bridge Street and enjoyable for all ages.
There are a range of arts and crafts boutiques in the area along with an amusement park to entertain the children. Plus some great shopping and excellent meals are also available in Richmond.
Some pleasant places to stay, together with some small and pretty eating areas and the local history makes Richmond an interesting place to visit.