This little town of cobbles, handmade brick and mellow stone on the banks of the Coal River is just a 30-minute drive from Hobart.
With more than 50 19th century buildings, many of them now providing high-quality accommodation, Richmond, with a population of around 800, is a perfect place to learn about Tasmania s rich heritage.
Richmond is 24 kilometres (15 miles) east of Hobart along the B31. Its maximum average daily temperature is 22.5 degrees Celsius (72.5 degrees Fahrenheit) in January and 13 degrees Celsius (55.5 degrees Fahrenheit) in June.
Richmond is a 24km drive from Hobart. Take care on the road as it is busy with both vehicular traffic and cyclists.
Tassielink buses run nine services each weekday (roughly every 60 to 90 minutes). These can be caught either from their terminal in Brisbane street or from the bustop on Macquarie Street around the corner from the bus mall (outside the optometrist across from Franklin Square). Only two services run on Saturdays and none on Sundays or Public Holidays. A one-way standard fare as of 2013 is $7.20 AUD.
'Hobart Shuttle Buses' do a return trip to Richmond for $30 per adult (which includes entry to the gaol). It departs every day except Saturdays at 9am (thus on Sundays and Public Holidays this service is one of the few public transport options available).
Richmond is a small town with no attraction more than about 5 minutes walk from the centre. On some days (especially in summer) there are horse and cart services you can hire which are quite fun.
There are many places to eat in Richmond. On a sunny day take a sandwich from the bakery down to the bridge and enjoy the sun, view, history and the Richmond ducks, on the grass by the river. The Bakery also sells duck rolls (yesterday's rolls) - buy a bag and you will have an instant family join you for lunch!
Richmond Caravan Park, 48 Middle Tea Road, Tel 03 6260 2192, . A short walk from Richmond, the park contains camping grounds, ensuite and serviced sites, on site vans and park cabins. There are sufficient facilities such as BBQ, pool, kitchen facilities, Tennis courts and recreation room.
There are a wide variety of privately rented cottages that range in price and luxury. Well worth considering - especially for a romantic weekend.