Dec
16
2011

Rich colonial history to be discovered in Richmond

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The town of Richmond in Tasmania's south-east is a shining example of a picture-postcard destination, with its beautiful architecture surrounding the tree-lined banks of the Coal River.

Abundant with Australian colonial history, Richmond is filled with more than 50 Georgian buildings and convict-built structures dating back to the 19th-century.

You can walk across the country's oldest bridge, which was by constructed by convict labour between 1823 and 1825.

For an eerie glimpse into the hardships faced by the early prisoners of Van Diemen's Land you are able to step inside Richmond Gaol, the oldest of its kind in Australia.

There is not better region to learn more about Tasmania's rich heritage, so if you are a history buff a visit to Richmond is a must-do on your holiday itinerary.

Other highlights of your stay will include a step back in time on the lantern-lit ghost tour or a closer look at the state's capital in the 1820s at the Hobart Town Historical Model Village.

After all this sightseeing and culture it might be time for a change of pace, so head down to the banks of the idyllic river for a picnic or test your navigational skills in the Richmond mazes.

Richmond is small enough to wander by foot and this is the best way to get the most out of your time in this remarkable town.

Richmond Gaol Historic Site

Gaol Courtyard

Australia's oldest bridge - designed and built by convict labour

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The delights of an old style candy store, Image Credit: Kate Macklin

Town Hall Richmond

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