Introducing Richmond & Around
Straddling the Coal River 27km northeast of Hobart, historic Richmond was once a strategic military post and convict station on the road to Port Arthur. Riddled with 19th-century buildings, it’s arguably Tasmania’s premier historic town, but like The Rocks in Sydney and Hahndorf in Adelaide, it’s become a parody of itself with no actual ‘life’, just a parasitic tourist trade picking over the bones of the colonial past.
That said, Richmond is undeniably picturesque, and kids love chasing the ducks around the riverbanks. It’s also quite close to the airport – a happy overnight option if you’re on an early flight. See www.richmondvillage.com.au for more information.