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Richmond a small but lovely Georgian village near Hobart.

Richmond a small but lovely Georgian village near Hobart.

Located in the heart of Coal river region or about 30 kilometers to the north-east of Hobart, Richmond is one of the most famous destinations for tourists visiting Hobart. Its main claim to fame is the oldest bridge in Australia, but also its high street dotted by Georgian buildings. This village with less than 800 inhabitants is indeed charming.

On Tasman Bridge look toward to Montagu Bay, a suburb of Hobart, heading to Richmond.

On Tasman Bridge look toward to Montagu Bay, a suburb of Hobart, heading to Richmond.

Ordinary small hillside houses in Hobart.

Ordinary small hillside houses in Hobart.

We arrived at the hotel in Hobart in the afternoon so we only had less than half a day of sun light left, so we decided to start our visit at a place not too far away from the city. We drove back the same route which we had just taken from the airport heading toward the village Richmond. I had heard about this village for the very first time when making travel plans back in Thailand. Actually we could have driven from the airport directly to Richmond before going to our hotel in Hobart. That would had saved some time, rather than driving back and forth.

Richmond Bridge.

Richmond Bridge.

After around 30 minutes drives from Hobart we arrived in Richmond. The first thing to notice is the majestic Richmond Bridge which is the main reason why we came here in the first place. If I didn’t tell anything about the history of Richmond this article would be too short, so let me at least give an introduction.

These birds are Tasmanian native hen (Tribonyx mortierii)

These birds are Tasmanian native hen (Tribonyx mortierii)

The Richmond Bridge is a fine example of early colonial bridge engineering and was built to provide a reliable all weather crossing over the Coal River. Originally named after the Commissioner John Bigge, it was constructed by convict labor between December 1823 and January 1825 under Bell, Stonemason and William Wilson, using locally quarried freestone. It is the oldest bridge in Australia // Dedicated by the institution of engineers, Australia, 1991 (Credit: The plaque on Richmond Bridge summarizing its history)

A Tasmanian native hen (other names: narkie, waterhen and turbo chook).

A Tasmanian native hen (other names: narkie, waterhen and turbo chook).

Open grassy area next to the river a perfect place for the Tasmanian Native hen to live
The Coal River Valley Region was one of the very first areas of Tasmania to be explored by English settlers. The beautiful sandstone arch bridge was finished in 1829 to facilitate the crossing of the Coal River. This was necessary to transport coal and other natural resources which were abundant in this region. 200 years later the bridge is still standing strong and is used by both cars and pedestrians.

St. John's church (Australia's oldest remaining Catholic church, built in 1836)

St. John’s church (Australia’s oldest remaining Catholic church, built in 1836)

Inside Saint John church.

Inside Saint John church.

A school near Richmond bridge (1).

A school near Richmond bridge (1).

Lavender bushes on the road side in the empty village of Richmond

Lavender bushes on the road side in the empty village of Richmond

A school near Richmond bridge (2).

A school near Richmond bridge (2).

View over Coal River from Richmond Bridge.

View over Coal River from Richmond Bridge.

An ordinary white duck.

An ordinary white duck.

Coal River and Richmond Bridge.

Coal River and Richmond Bridge.

Shallow Coal River.

Shallow Coal River.

Water birds are enjoying the river.

Water birds are enjoying the river.

Coal river.

Coal river.

Arch bridge.

Arch bridge.

Walking path under the arch bridge.

Walking path under the arch bridge.

Sandstone arch foundation of Richmond Bridge.

Sandstone arch foundation of Richmond Bridge.

A water bird.

A water bird.

Me in coal mining outfit

Me in coal mining outfit.

A wild flower

A wild flower

Coal riverside.

Coal riverside.

Look over the water to the Richmond Bridge.

Look over the water to the Richmond Bridge.

A white duck (2)

A white duck (2)

A wild flower (2).

A wild flower (2).

A big tree in the middle of the traffic island.

A big tree in the middle of the traffic island.

Insects on a lavender flower.

Insects on a lavender flower.

Commercial Street of Richmond town.

Commercial Street of Richmond town.

An example of Georgian building.

An example of Georgian building.

Commercial Street of Richmond town (2).

Commercial Street of Richmond town (2).

A souvenir shop which was closed during our visit.

A souvenir shop which was closed during our visit.

Village limits surrounded by farms, vineyards and agrarian area.

Village limits surrounded by farms, vineyards and agrarian area.

A private property.

A private property.

A flock of sheep.

A flock of sheep.

A curious flock of sheep.

A curious flock of sheep.

Farmland near Richmond.

Farmland near Richmond.

Agrarian area.

Agrarian area.

Sheep farm near the village.

Sheep farm near the village.

The history of Richmond goes back to the foundation of the first colony in Australia. The village is home to many historic buildings, among them around 50 from the Georgian era, for those who are interested. However, it is a small village, and while it is something special for Tasmania it is not so extraordinary compared to what can be found elsewhere.
As we visited quite late in the day all the shops were already closed so after enjoying the moment around the lovely Richmond bridge it was time to return to Hobart. If anyone travel to Hobart don’t miss this place. It a small but lovely, historical village with a nice ancient bridge worth spending a calm hour and taking a few pictures.

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