visitors to Hobart head for the small and interesting historic village of
Richmond. A half hour drive from the city centre.
Richmond hosts Australia's oldest 'major' bridge
construction. A simple but imposing structure.
Richmond also hosts
Australia's only remaining convict Gaol which is completely intact. It
has never needed to be restored, just maintained. The Gaol is open for
Richmond was by-passed in
the early 1900's by a bridge built further out to sea at Sorell. At the
time Richmond became a ghost town as many of the buildings were no
longer needed. Most remaining buildings from the era have been restored
making the town a very fine tourist attraction with many buildings being
used as cafes, accommodation and galleries.