Richmond Tourism & Travel
Straddling the Coal River and situated in the South East region of Tasmania, Richmond is some 25kms northeast of Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania and 171kms south of Launceston. One of most historically significant towns in Tasmania, Richmond has an endless array of heritage sites to explore, each with their own tale to tell. Explore the many arts and crafts stores in the centre of town, and take a drive through the Coal River Valley wine route to sample world-renowned cool-climate wines. Located in the municipality of the Clarence Council, Richmond has a population of 880 souls.
The many historic sites throughout the Township include Richmonds most famous landmark, the 1823 convict-built Richmond Bridge, which is the oldest surviving freestone bridge in Australia; the 1830s Prospect House supposedly haunted by the ghost of its past owner; the Richmond Gaol was also built by convicts, ironically as a prison, in1825. The area also has many other historic buildings contain interesting art galleries of local arts and crafts. Visitors can see fascinating photographs of people in period costume at Olde Time Portraits, and view the historically accurate model of 1820s Hobart, Old Hobart Town.
Richmond - Near by
Rare indigenous Australian animals such as Tasmanian Devils are found at ZooDoo Wildlife Park, 7kms west of Richmond. The historic towns of Brighton and Pontville or the coastal towns of Sorell and Midway Point are also nearby, as well as the vibrant capital city of Hobart.
The Coal River Valley Wine Route is comprised of many world-renowned cool-climate wineries such as the Meadowbank Estate Vineyards and the Coal Valley Vineyards, both located in nearby Cambridge.
Seven Mile Beach, a 25-minute drive away, is popular for swimming, water sports, and surfing.
Richmond - Airport
The ninth busiest airport in Australia, Hobart International Airport is actually located within the boundary of nearby Cambridge. Flights commonly operate between destinations such as Launceston, Melbourne, Sydney, Casey Station, Burnie, Devonport, Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra. Major airlines servicing Hobart Airport include Australian air Express, Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Skytraders, Tasair, Tiger Airways and Virgin Blue.
In 1824, Richmond was proclaimed a town and played an important role as a convict station and military outpost. For much of its history, Richmond was the main gateway to the east coast and the Tasman Peninsula. From the 1970s, a number of galleries openened and Richmond grew as an arts and crafts centre.
Today, Richmond is an important Tasmanian tourist destination for domestic and international tourists.