Richmond Map

Richmond is just a 30 minute drive from Hobart. It is a fantastic way to spend a day or half-day if you’re looking to break away from the city and discover some rural charm, with plenty of historical sites to boot. Not only are there plenty of sites in town, but foodies will be delighted with the nearby wineries and restaurants in Coal River Valley.

Cross the Tasman Bridge and stay on the A3 towards the Hobart Airport. Watch for the turnoff to the left after you climb over the hill leaving the city suburbs. Follow the B31 road through the Coal River Valley to the village of Richmond.


Things to Look for in Richmond

History of Richmond

Originally on the main road to Port Arthur, Richmond developed through the first half of the 1800’s. It even had its own Convict Gaol (jail). When the causeways between Hobart and Sorell were built in 1872, the town was bypassed and has become a well-preserved example of an 1800’s colonial village. Most of the original sandstone buildings have been preserved and renovated.

Richmond Bridge

The Richmond Bridge was completed in 1825 as part of the main road to Port Arthur. It is the oldest bridge still in use in Australia and a popular tourist attraction. Walk down beside the Coal River, feed the ducks and feel the history.

Richmond Gaol

The restored Richmond Gaol was a holding place for convicts as they were being transported from Hobart to Port Arthur in the mid 1800’s. It has been beautifully restored. Get yourself locked in the solitary confinement cell and see just how dark it can get. Learn about some of the inmates, including the infamous Ikey Solomon, who was supposedly the inspiration for the Oliver Twist character Fagin.

Hotels in Richmond

Here is your chance to stay in a restored colonial cottage in the heart of a restored Historic Colonial Village. Experience life as it was in the 1800’s, but with all modern amenities. As Richmond is located so close to Hobart, you can also easily return to the city if you already have accommodations booked there.

Richmond Arms Hotel

On the main street of Richmond stands the Richmond Arms Hotel. Drop in for a drink or a counter meal.

St. John’s Catholic Church

St. John’s Roman Catholic Church is also Australia’s oldest surviving Catholic church building. Much of the timber in the church’s cool peaceful interior was harvested by convicts on the Tasman Peninsula, near Port Arthur. Look for it across the Coal River, just near the Richmond Bridge.

Old Hobart Town Model Village

This recreation of old Hobart Town as it was in the 1800’s is well worth a visit. Get a feel for history in miniature.

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