"RICHMOND- On the Convict Trail" Richmond by balhannah

Richmond Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 60 photos

A village full of history.............

Richmond was proclaimed a town by Lieutenant Governor Sorell in 1824.

The village was once a key military post and convict station, strategically

located between Hobart and the infamous Port Arthur penal settlement

and actually predates Port Arthur.

I found Richmond a wonderful place to wander around, so many historic

old buildings, and many Galleries, plenty of interest here!

It is home to Australia’s oldest bridge, and has more than

fifty 19th- century Georgian buildings, many now are bed & Breakfasts,

offering high-quality accommodation.

You can walk across Australia’s oldest bridge, built by convict labour

between 1823 and 1825.

Another must is a visit to the Richmond Gaol (1825), Australia’s oldest jail,

what a terrible time you had if you landed in here!

Inside is a 'MAN TRAP'....I wouldn't want to be caught in one of

them! to me, it looked like a large Rabbit Trap!

Have a look at the cemetery of Australia's oldest remaining Catholic

Church, St Johns, built in 1836.

I love cemeteries, and this one IS OLD!

You'll get the most out of Richmond by wandering its streets. then relax

on the banks of the Coal River with a picnic, feed the ducks, and take in

the beauty of the area.

For much of its history it was the main gateway to the east coast and the Tasman Peninsula, (Port Arthur)

If you are travelling to these destinations from Hobart, consider visiting

Richmond on your way.

Richmond is 30-minutes’ drive (24 kilometres/15 miles) east of Hobart along the B31.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A delightful town full of history
  • Cons:Nil
  • In a nutshell:Learn about the early days of settlement in Australia
  • Last visit to Richmond: Jan 2007
  • Intro Updated Jan 19, 2010
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  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    More memories of a favourite holiday. I do have photos of Richmond, I was there in 2005 for the Sydney to Hobart yacht Race. Best scallop pie in the world was at Richmond. Yum!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    My kind of place Dee. Absolutely charming! I would love to roam such a historic place. Wonderful page!

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Wonderful photo of the bridge! They should do the miniature village in some of our historic cities, seeing how many of our historic structures are now gone.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    What a delightful place Richmond appears to be! Loved the historic significance of the Richmond Bridge, the old jail, and the old cottages.


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