Looking for a day trip from Hobart, TasmaniaRichmond might be just the place for you!

With two junior researchers in tow, we paid a visit to this charming village in the Coal River Valley and found enough things to do to please everyone.

Tasmania Richmond - Historic Village
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Promoting convict heritage: Richmond, Tasmania

Be Amazed by Tasmania: Richmond

First on the agenda in Richmond was the town’s maze (keeping the juniors happy right from the outset). With mobile phone on hand in case of emergencies, the kids tackled the two wooden structures with gusto.

Tasmania Richmond - Maze
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Mazes in Tasmania: Richmond (photo by J. Horne)

They emerged unscathed; smiling and laughing even! The maze has a tearoom attached, with customers having the option of a casual lunch on the front lawn.

Tasmania Richmond - Maze Garden
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Garden: Maze and Tearooms in Richmond, Tasmania

Coal River Valley: Food, Wine… and Shops!

While the youngsters were occupied, we did a little browsing in the main street. The Coal River Valley region is known for fine wineries, and also produces some of Tasmania’s fresh produce (like berries). Judging by the amount of restaurants and cafes in Richmond, visitors definitely come here to sample the goods!

Tasmania Richmond - Shopping in Style
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Tassie souvenirs:hop in style, Richmond’s main street

The other shopping choices range from high-end art galleries to the usual holiday souvenirs of Tasmania. Richmond shops themselves also reflect a variety of architecture. Some cute, funky and colourful; others obviously more heritage.

Tasmania Richmond - Funky Shop
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Funky Tasmanian shops in Richmond, Coal River Valley

History & Tours: Village Green

Back together, the family debated options for walks, tours and activities. While some of us favoured the possible educational benefits of the convict-era Richmond Gaol

Tasmania Richmond - Gaol
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History in Tasmania: Richmond’s  convict past

the kids, as usual, had their own ideas. Fitting of the Richmond township, a carriage drawn by two majestic draught horses was a more popular choice. Rides were $5 and departed from the village green.

Tasmania Richmond - Draught Horse Carriage
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Ride around Richmond: cart drawn by draught horses

Tasmania Richmond - Village Tours
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Richmond: village tours through Tasmanian streets

Quirks of Tasmania: Richmond Chess

Giant chess sets are something we’ve noticed before in Tasmania. In Richmond, you wheel out the pieces in a shopping trolley and play in the community native garden.

Tasmania Richmond - Native Garden
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Native plants of Tasmania: Richmond’s community garden

So. There’s some of the highlights from our day.

Of course we selected one of the Coal River Valley restaurants for our own lunch and decided we’d be crazy not to visit some of the other Richmond attractions (like the model village) another time.

Tasmania Richmond - Restaurant
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Tasmania: Richmond for restaurants, history, tours and attractions

Living or travelling in Tasmania: Richmond should be highlighted on the maps!

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