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Richmond (Tasmania)

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Richmond is a sizeable historic village in the south-west of the Australian state of Tasmania.


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.

Get in[edit]

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.[2]

'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).[3]

Get around[edit]

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.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Australia's oldest bridge, established in 1823, erected over the Coal River.
  • Australia's oldest convict Gaol which operated from 1825 - 1840. Small entry fee.
  • The Richmond Maze, Richmond Bridge road. Worthy of a visit.
  • Old Hobart Town Model Village, a miniature replica of Hobart in the 1820’s.

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Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Teddies on the Green, Millers Cottage, Bridge street., Tel 03 6260 1099. Retails in collectables and toys.  edit

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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 Bakery for fresh cooked breads, fantastic gourmet sandwiches, bakery-made pies, coffee and cakes to delight all. Open every day from 7:30AM - 6PM except Christmas.
  • The Richmond Arms is great for a lunch or dinner with a good menu of choices including the traditional roast, and some homespun deserts including apple crumble.
  • Hatchers Manor, just on the outskirts of Richmond. Has a very nice coffee shop, and you can take a horse and carriage ride to get there from the famous Richmond Bridge.
  • Ashmore, 34 Bridge Street., Tel/Fax 03 6260 2238. Located on the corner of Henry and Bridge street, the place is BYO and is open from 9.00AM for breakfast, morning and afternoon teas and light lunches.  edit
  • Richmond Wine Centre, 27 Bridge Street, 03 6260 2619 (fax: 03 6260 2651), [1]. Sunday - Tuesday 8:30AM - 5PM. Wednesday - Saturday 8:30AM - close. The Richmond Wine Centre is more upbeat, providing (obviously) a good range of wines and a comprehensive menu including a kiddies menu too. The Centre uses a variety of homemade ingredients and also provides two cottages for accommodation.  edit

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

Richmond Caravan Park, 48 Middle Tea Road, Tel 03 6260 2192, [4]. 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.

Get out[edit]

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