Visitors who are keen on history and looking for things to do in Tasmania with a focus on the island's rich past will love exploring the Convict Trail, which passes through the town of Richmond. Richmond, Tasmania, is one of the prettiest places on the Apple Isle.
It drops south, through the former grain town of Sorell - which has its own collection of prized 19th-century buildings - and Dunalley, a small fishing village. The A9 road then stretches out over Eaglehawk Neck, a 100-metre wide isthmus that connects mainland Tasmania with the Tasman Peninsula. There are some stunning natural sights in this vicinity, with a series of blowholes, cave formations and sweeping cliff-edge views. Even though Richmond has a rough past, walking around Richmond today, it's no surprise that many consider this the most charming place in Tassie.
WALK ACROSS THE OLDEST BRIDGE IN AUSTRALIA. Richmond Bridge is a heritage-listed arch bridge constructed from sandstone from Butchers Hill quarry that was moved by convict labour with hand carts. The bridge is Australia's oldest stone bridge listed on the Australian National Heritage List. These sandstone arches have stood across the Coal River since 1825, and when it was built, it was considered a technological marvel for the colony. It held the title as the longest spanning Australian bridge for 10 years and is still used today.
ADMIRE ST JOHN'S CHURCH. St. John Evangelist was built in 1836 and is Australia's oldest Roman Catholic Church that is still operating. Even though St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney was created first, the original chapel was demolished by fire in 1865. St John is a place to escape, pray and to soak up the tranquillity in historical surroundings.
SEE ST LUKE'S ANGLICAN CHURCH. Another grand building in Richmond is St Luke's Anglican Church, which has not changed since it was built in 1834. The convicts also built this church, which has a distinctive timber roof. St Luke's was designed by Colonial Architect John Lee Archer and is a historic landmark to visit. The church's tower clock was one of six manufactured by London clockmaker Thwaites and Reed.
VISIT OLD HOBART TOWN. Further along is Old Hobart Town, a model village depicting Hobart in the 1820s. Recreated from the city’s original plans, it’s both authentic and informative and also makes you feel ten feet tall. The Old Hobart Town Model Village is a perfect setting to learn about early settlers’ lives in Hobart as you walk through a miniature replica of Hobart as it was in the 1820s. There are over 60 building models, a few hundred figurines, trees and other structures. Wander around, read the signage about the past’s fascinating tales, and look at old photos. Next door is the wooden-walled Richmond Maze, where children love getting lost while the oldies relax in the adjoining tea rooms. Anyone wanting to dig deeper into Richmond’s history can enjoy guided walks through town, or even a horse-drawn carriage ride.