Following a query from a concerned reader about the demise of the ducks, we went on a little journey to Richmond. That’s right… there are no limits to the investigative missions we undertake for the sake of Think Tasmania! We did visit back in May, but we’re sharing the results now because it’s school holiday time in Tasmania. A good duck-viewing session is always a winner with the kids (both young and young-at-heart).

Ducks - Coal River

Ducks: Coal River, Richmond Tasmania

The Ducks Look Fine!

We won’t name names, but one of our faithful followers mentioned an absence of ducks in Richmond. We were aghast. A visit to the Tasmanian town of Richmond, and particularly the Richmond Bridge, would not be the same without the tourist-friendly local wildlife.

Ducks - Richmond in Autumn

Richmond in Autumn

As it turns out, there was no cause for alarm. Maybe the ducks were just hibernating for a day or two, timed to coincide with our reader’s visit to Richmond. When we arrived however, there were ducks everywhere! They were a little startled by the presence of our big, scary dog, but we were careful to keep her on a lead and well away from the quackers.

Note: The Essential Doggy Guide has a section on the Coal River Valley region if you’re inclined to travel with your fur-babies.

Ducks - Feeding

Visitors to Richmond enjoy feeding ducks

Ducks - Riverside

Coco startled the ducks

Ducks - Paddling

Ducks paddling serenely: Coal River, Richmond

Ducks - Seagulls

Ducks in Richmond and lots of seagulls!

Richmond Bridge: Nothing Amiss

The Richmond Bridge also looked its usual attractive self. The Australian Government’s Department of Environment website has this to say about the Richmond Bridge, a place of national heritage significance…

Richmond Bridge is a lasting symbol of Tasmania’s convict heritage. The sandstone arches of Australia’s oldest known large stone arch bridge have spanned Tasmania’s Coal River since its completion in 1825. Built by convict labour, the Richmond Bridge reminds us of the forced migration that contributed to the development of Australian society. Today visitors flock to see the popular attraction, which survives with few significant changes.

Richmond Bridge was included in the National Heritage List on 25 November 2005.

Ducks - Walking Track

Riverside walking track: Richmond Bridge

Ducks - Heritage Richmond

Richmond Bridge: heritage importance

Ducks - Richmond Bridge (circa 1823)

Convict-built Richmond Bridge (circa 1823)

Ducks - Tasmania

History and wildlife: Coal River, Richmond Bridge

While there was nothing amiss with either the Richmond Bridge or the ducks, we did notice something new. A pair of very large, black swans have taken up residence at the pontoon belonging to Richmond Park Boat House.

We didn’t get too close, but it looks like the romantic row boats have been joined by a couple of paddle boats too. That’s interesting! Anelda Lotter, Think Tasmania member and business principal at Anelda Lotter Photography might need to return for yet another investigation.

Ducks - Swans

Not just ducks: really big swans!

If you’re keen to investigate Richmond for yourself, you could always join one of Think Tasmania’s member tour operators. And if a session with a photography expert sounds appealing to you, we’d suggest you contact Shutterbug Walkabouts Tasmania. They have a tour dedicated to the heritage sights and features of Richmond.

Shutterbug Walkabouts - Richmond Cemetery

Richmond (photo by Shutterbug Walkabouts Tasmania)

Map: Richmond Bridge, Tasmania…

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