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Ultimate Guide to Richmond Tasmania

Discover Richmond Tasmania in the Coal River Valley

The popular Richmond Village has a whole lot of charm, with its quaint Georgian streetscape and iconic sandstone bridge. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find all sorts of interesting stories about the goings-on in this early colonial town. Located a scenic 30-minute drive from Hobart (with plenty of mouth-watering food and wine on the way), it’s the perfect day trip! 

>> Download the Coal River Valley Visitors Guide and Map

Get lost in the fascinating colonial history

Richmond was established in the early 1800s as an important military staging post and convict station between Hobart and Port Arthur.

You can learn more about the fate of convicts and other local characters at the old gaol.

Feel the hairs on your neck stand up as you explore the original gaol buildings, including eerie solitary confinement cells, with special sound effects adding to the atmosphere of isolation and despair.

History buffs, check out St John’s Catholic Church (1836), the oldest remaining Catholic church in the country.

Richmond Gaol. Image Credit: Alastair Bett
Richmond Gaol. Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy
Richmond Gaol. Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy
Richmond Gaol. Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy

Picnic by the iconic Richmond Bridge

The grassy banks of the Coal River are the perfect location for a lazy picnic.

Relax on the river’s edge with local produce, and stroll along the riverbank and enjoy watching the ducks (but please remember not to feed them). You may as well take a few snaps of the town’s most photographed landmark, the historic Richmond Bridge.

IMPORTANT: Help our native Ducks thrive by letting them find their own food – Please DO NOT feed the Ducks!

Discover more about our native Duck species on the Clarence City Council website.

Richmond Bridge. Image Credit: @wattlebanks
Richmond Bridge. Image Credit: @wattlebanks

Although the Richmond Bridge looks picture-perfect, spare a thought for the poor convicts who constructed it in the 1820s – the poor saps had to haul sandstone quarried from Butchers Hill using hand carts! Rumour has it the bridge might also be haunted.

In 1832, one George Grover—an employee of the Richmond Gaol whose duties included flogging the prisoners—fell asleep after a few too many drinks and was pushed off the edge of the bridge to his death!

The case remains unsolved to this very day, which seems like the kind of unfinished business that might keep a ghost chained to the very spot of its demise… Just sayin’.

Explore the Georgian town and visit its unique shops

Richmond Village is famous for its elegant Georgian architecture and boasts more than 50 Georgian buildings, some dating back as early as the 1820s.

Many have been beautifully restored and reinvented as restaurants, cafes, tea houses, galleries, craft boutiques, antique shops, and accommodations.

Enjoy wandering the charming streets and meandering in and out of the shops.

Immerse yourself in the unique aromas of Tasmania’s ancient rainforests at The Sensory Tasmania. Rediscover your childhood favourites (and watch the kids’ eyes pop out of their heads) in the old-fashioned lolly shop (at least a giant gobstopper might keep them quiet for a little while?) 

Richmond Wine Wall. Image Credit: Alastair Bett
Bridge Street, Richmond. Image Credit: Alastair Bett
Bridge Street, Richmond. Image Credit: Alastair Bett
Bridge Street, Richmond. Image Credit: Alastair Bett
Bridge Street, Richmond. Image Credit: Alastair Bett
Peppercorn Gallery. Image Credit: Alastair Bett

Eat and drink your way through the Coal River Valley

There are some beautiful wineries and farms in the area, so stop in and sample the mouthwatering delights of the Coal River Valley!

Visit the restaurant at Frogmore Creek Winery to enjoy a divine meal inspired by fresh local produce and their acclaimed cool climate wines.

Become happily acquainted with Pooley Wines‘ long-living Rieslings and intensely flavoured Pinot Noirs at their Belmont Vineyard cellar door, a grand two-storey 1830s Georgian house.

Puddleduck Vineyard. Image Credit: Tourism Australia
Puddleduck Vineyard. Image Credit: Tourism Australia
Puddleduck Vineyard. Image Credit: Tourism Australia

Pop into Coal River Farm’s restaurant for breakfast or lunch, taste your way through the handmade cheeses and chocolates and walk the orchard picking seasonal fruits while taking in incredible views of the Coal River Valley.

Complete and utter bliss! This area is a paradise for lovers of fine food and wine – continue the tasting trail at: Barilla Bay Restaurant, Puddleduck Vineyard, Riversdale Estate, Domaine A / Stoney Vineyard, and Wobbly Boot Vineyard.

Sweets and Treats: The Richmond Lolly Shop. Image Credit: Alastair Bett
The Wicked Cheese Company. Image Credit: Alastair Bett
The Wicked Cheese Company. Image Credit: Alastair Bett
Coal Valley Vineyard. Image Credit: Alastair Bett
Coal Valley Vineyard. Image Credit: Alastair Bett
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