A Cheapskate's Guide to
Exploring Tasmania By Car

For pre-planning or use on the run, this free site is a useful, on-demand travel guide
for touring Tasmania by car, caravan, RV, or hitch-hiking.

Richmond - Tasmania

Richmond is famous for its Georgian architecture and contains Australia’s oldest freestone
road bridge, the oldest Roman Catholic Church and the best preserved convict gaol.

List of Contents

A guide to travel, sightseeing and services - what to do, where to stay and a little history of Tasmanian cities and towns.

Front Page

Includes list of contents, Tasmanian Freedom Camping Locations Series and a free, downloadable map of Tasmania

The Towns and Regions

Looks at the towns, camping, accommodation, eating out, sightseeing, history, toilets & dump points, information centres, doctors, vets, real e

Download Free Map

This (external) link will give you access to free maps of Tasmania, Hobart City Centre, Launceston City Centre, Burnie and Devonport to print or store on your device.

Fun Pages
For Kids and their Adults

A range of free and low cost things to make and do, for kids and their adults, when driving or confined to camp.

Free and Cheap

you can choose from camp-grounds provided by councils, commercial operators or formal, and informal free camp sites.

Dump Points ~ Van Repairs ~ Public Toilets

An easy access guide to Dump-Points, Van Repairs and Public Toilets.

Environment and Produce

Loads of links to Tasmanian food, beer and wine trails for you to follow and enjoy.

Fossicking in Tasmania

Many of the locations this guide will be visiting offer the chance to do a little fosicking for such things as gold, sapphires, topaz, jasper, turquoise, agate and a range of other tumbling material for lapidarists.

Tiger Track Stamps

A Quirky, Free/Low-Cost Way for you to keep track of your amazing tasmanian adventures, as you hunt down over 70 Tiger Track Stamps and with luck - or skill maybe - find the elusive Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) - the most valuable stamp of all.


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Sitting about 25 km north-east of Hobart and 174 km south-east of Launceston, Richmond has a population of 1,610 (2011 census).

Nestled in the Coal River Valley, between the Midland Highway and Tasman Highway, this classified historic town is famous for its Georgian architecture and contains Australia’s oldest freestone road bridge, the oldest Roman Catholic Church and the best preserved convict gaol.

As one of Tasmania’s more important historic towns, Richmond is one of the state’s most popular destinations containing many excellent examples of Tasmania’s stark convict heritage and beautiful historic buildings - that now house galleries, teashops, craft boutiques, antique shops and museums.

Richmond is as elegant today as it was in the 1820s when it was an important military staging post and convict station, linking Hobart with Port Arthur.


Tourist Information Centre
Old Hobart Town Model Village, 21A Bridge St, Richmond.

Out And About In Richmond
This (external) link will take you to accommodation, attractions, dining, events, shopping and tours in and around Richmond.

Police, ambulance and fire dial 000

Toilet Facilities
Franklin Street - Open 24 hours

Bathurst Street - Open 24 hours

Doctor/Medical Centre
Richmond Medical Centre, 23 Bathurst St, Richmond - (03) 6260 2169

Police Station1 Forth Street, Richmond - non-emergency ph. 131 444

Richmond weather
The weather forecast (external) link includes rain, sun, wind, moon and UV as well as radar, satellite and synoptic charts.

Real estate for sale
This (external) link will give you updated details of properties for sale in and around Richmond.

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A Little History

In 1824, the township of Richmond was named, following a complex land deal with David Lord, where ninety acres of his Richmond Park estate were exchanged for 1400 acres adjacent to his property.

Added to in the 1830s, Richmond Gaol was built in 1825 as part of Governor Arthur's system of police districts and was last used as a gaol in 1928 - it is open daily for inspection.

One of its infamous inmates was convict, Ikey Solomon, said to be the model for Dickens' Fagin.

Justice seemed a bit random in the colony, as, in 1859, on 27 November, near Richmond, a crippled cowherd called John Dowling had his throat cut, skull broken, and some of his fingers cut off, presumably while struggling with his murderer.

The police arrested John Nash, who had a history of violence, and lived a few miles out of Richmond.

In court, the story unfolded that Dowling came with two men to Richmond’s Bridge Inn and paid for a glass of ale with a pound note.

Nash was sitting on a couch nearby.

Later a clergyman found Dowling’s body, still warm, with Nash not far away with traces of blood on his trousers and shirt.

Evidence was given that a notched knife found on Nash’s person and with blood on it, could have inflicted Dowling’s wounds.

Nash argued that he had bought the knife from a Mr Scott, and the trousers, complete with bloodstains, from a fellow-prisoner at Port Arthur, but the evidence seemed overwhelming, and a sentence of death was imposed.

Then it was found that Nash had indeed bought the knife from Scott after the murder had been committed, but the Chief Justice felt the sentence should be carried out since ‘there is no moral doubt of his guilt’.

Nash was executed, still protesting his innocence.

A description of Richmond c 1852
drawn from The History of Tasmania - Volume II (of 2) by John West.

Richmond [is] a town at the mouth of the Coal River, in the parish of Ulva and county of Monmouth, 15 miles (24 km) from Hobart, and 100 miles (161 km) from Launceston.

It contains an episcopal and a catholic church, a congregational chapel, a police office, post station, a gaol, and court house, and several inns.

It has a resident police magistrate, and the population of the town and district, which consists of farms, is 3,144, and the number of houses 545, nearly half of which are of stone or brick.

The Coal River, which here falls into the bay of Pittwater, is crossed at the town by an excellent stone bridge of six arches.

Richmond is an electoral district, for which T. G. Gregson, Esq., is the first member.

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It is quite possible to spend a couple of days enjoying Richmond's beautiful charms, its fresh food and fine wines, its unique art & craft-work - in fragrant wood, delicately glazed clay, or hand woven fibres - along with its delightful attractions, including:

Old Hobart Town

  • Old Hobart Town, Tasmania's original historical model village, which accurately replicates in miniature the life and history of Hobart in 1820.

    Located in the main street of Richmond, this attraction has been built from original plans (over three years) and set out in streets.

    As visitors walk the streets of old Hobart, the informative signage really captures interest and makes for a unique and fascinating tour.

A part of the model village

  • Richmond Gaol
    In Bathurst Street, built in 1825, with displays of convicts and the penal system.

  • Richmond Bridge
    Built by convict chain gangs in 1823.

  • Grannie Rhodes, Cottage
    An authentic 1830’s cottage with daily performances of “Turn the Key of Time” – true stories about life in the 19th century.

  • the Richmond Maze
    Get lost in a tangle of pathways and dead ends, in either of the two mazes and look for the surprise centre before relaxing with a hot pot of tea or light meal in the tearooms or gardens.
    Fun for all ages, with wheel-chair access.

  • Heritage Buildings
    Including St John’s Church (1837), St Luke’s Anglican Church (1838), Richmond Primary School (1834/5), Richmond Arms Hotel (1888), Court House (1825).

  • Zoo Doo Wildlife Park
    with its Large collection of native, agricultural and exotic animals, including tigers, lions and international wildlife, or

  • A tour Of The village
    with Richmond Horse-drawn Coaches.

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St Lukes Anglican Church Cemetery
off Wellington St., Richmond

St Luke's Anglican Church originally stood on land granted to the Church in 1923, on the Eastern side of the Coal River and is still located on that land, although the new church is now on the other side of the river.

The first Headstone was placed in 1823 for a Mr Thomas Kearney.

Richmond Catholic Church Cemetery
St Johns Circle, Richmond

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