Bathurst St, Richmond
Richmond Gaol 1
1 Hour

The Richmond Gaol is the oldest standing gaol in Australia.

It was completed the same year as the Richmond Bridge in 1825; however, by the early 1830s, it was overcrowded, and prisoners were forced to sleep in the hallways.

The gaol was expanded and included a separate female wing with a cookhouse and bake oven. A stone wall around the gaol was completed in 1840 to prevent escapees.

The goal is well-preserved, and you can wander through and enjoy a self-guided tour. You’ll visit the solitary cells and the flagellation yard.

Fun Fact: In Hobart town, people were sentenced to 500 lashes. In Richmond, things were more lenient. Lashes would start at 25 and occasionally go to 100.

Richmond Road, Richmond
Wicked Cheese Company 3

This boutique cheesemaker has won several awards, including best brie in Australia.

Visit the cheese shop and sample a selection of their cheeses. Try pairing it with a wine or two.

Bridge St, Richmond

Free

Richmond Bridge 2

What’s so special about this bridge? The Richmond Bridge was erected in 1825 using convict labour, making it the oldest stone arch bridge in Australia.

It spans 41 metres and was the longest bridge in the country at the time of construction.

The government built the bridge to help transport convicts from Hobart Town to the East Coast and Port Arthur.

Originally made with wheat carts in mind, it now supports cars and buses easily, although there is a 30kph speed limit.

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Bridge St, Richmond

Old Hobart town is a model village that depicts life in Hobart in the 1920s.

It has been built from historical plans on a scale of 1:16.

Hobart Town was painstakingly created over three years by Andrew and John Quick. It features over sixty miniature buildings and tiny ‘people’ going about their everyday life.

Upon entering, you are given a gorgeous hand-drawn map, illustrated by Andrew, and allowed to wander around at your leisure.

Richmond Road, Richmond
Pooley Wines Richmond 1

In 1985, Denis and Margaret Pooley planted vines on the banks of the Coal River; this was their retirement plan. Soon it flourished into a renowned vineyard.

Pooley Wines has grown since then, but it remains a family-run endeavour. Visit their cellar door and enjoy a tasting while learning about the Pooley family history.

Briggs Road, Brighton
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary 3

Bonorong is a wildlife sanctuary to help preserve Tasmania’s unique animals. It is not a zoo; they aim to rehabilitate the animals and return them to the wild.

There’s a selection of experiences you can enjoy. From daily tours to short animal encounters, night tours, and even feeding time.

Their survivors include wombats, devils, quolls, native birds, lizards, snakes and emus.

All ticket costs go towards helping preserve these animal species.

Built in 1836, St John’s Catholic Church is considered the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Australia. It still operates today and provides a beautiful place of worship.

Bridge St, Richmond

Pooseum is a museum dedicated to poo. Ok, stick with us!

This quirky science museum is the only one of its kind in Australia.

The Pooseum was created by Karin Koch. She was looking for a new project when she read about a, “small caterpillar being able to launch its poo up to 1.5 m away.” This ignited her exploration into the world of poo.

Visit Pooseum to learn why joeys eat their mother’s droppings, how bats avoid soiling themselves and which animals are responsible for poo showers.

It’s a fun experience for kids, and adults will get a kick out of it.

Bridge St, Richmond
Richmond Arms Hotel Richmond 2

This pub is a grand sandstone building established in 1827. A fire destroyed the original building in 1888. The Commercial Hotel was built in its place and was renamed The Richmond Arms in 1972.

Come here to enjoy a cold beer on tap and a meal from their bistro. They also have accommodation in The Stables, the only remaining section of the original hotel.

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Taylor B

Taylor was born and raised in Tasmania. He moved to Melbourne to study Film & television, and went on to start a marketing agency for hospitality. Whilst in Melbourne he also founded a walking tour company. He has a love for rock 'n' roll bars & New York-style pizza. In 2020 he was amongst the top 1% of Frank Sinatra listeners on Spotify.