Mar
03
2013

Autumn in Tasmania: Richmond

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Head north of Hobart to discover the historical town of Richmond, referred to as "the village in the valley", with great food, fine wines and gorgeous historic buildings.

Richmond is nestled in the Coal River Valley and was an important military staging post and convict station back in the 1800s, with its past still a remnant figure in its Georgian architecture and stone buildings.

The town is home to the oldest stone bridge in Australia, Richmond Bridge, which was built by convict labour in 1825, and is still in use almost 200 years later!

Make sure to visit this important piece of Australia's heritage in your Richmond travels, as well as these three fantastic attractions.

Richmond Gaol

The tour of Australia's history continues with a visit to Richmond Gaol, learning the stories of the men and women that passed through the doors back in 1825.

During your visit to Richmond Gaol you will visit the solitary confinement cells, punishment cells, chain gangs and convict holding rooms, flogging yard and privy as well as the souvenir and craft shop among other features.

Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children, $7 concession and $20 for a family (two adults and children aged under 17).

Zoodoo Wildlife Park

Take your family out to visit Bengal tigers, white African lions, Tasmanian devils and more at Richmond's Zoodoo Wildlife Park!

Based on 80 acres of farmland, Zoodoo Wildlife Park has transformed from just being an ostrich farm and minature pony stud to become one of the largest wildlife parks in Tasmania with farm animals, monkeys, reptiles, big cats and native Australian animals.

Zoodoo is open everyday (excluding Good Friday and Christmas DAy) from 09:00 to 17:00.

Admission entry is $22 for adults (children aged 13 and up included), $12 for children (aged three to 12) and infants (zero to two) are free.

Puddleduck Vineyard

Kickback for a wine tasting at the winner of the 2012 Tourism Tasmania Award for Best Tourism Winery, Puddleduck Vineyard!

Only a short drive from Hobart's CBD, you can relax at the wonderful Coal River Valley vineyard to sip on some of Puddleduck's current release wines with a delicious Tasmanian cheese platter to complement your beverage.

Puddleduck Vineyard is open seven days (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day) from 10:00 to 17:00 – make sure to pop on by!

Lazing at ZooDoo Animal Park (Zoo) at Richmond: Image  Credit: richmondvillage.com.au

Puddleduck Vineyard and ... ducks

The lake and entertainment/function area at Puddleduck

Wine Tasting at the winery

Historic Richmond Gaol - Image Credit: richmondvillage.com.au

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