Looking for a day trip from Hobart, Tasmania? Richmond 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.
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.
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.
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 renown fresh produce, such as berries. Judging by the amount of restaurants and cafes in Richmond, visitors definitely come here to sample the goods.
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.
History and Tours: Village Green
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 departed from the village green.
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.
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 including Old Hobart Town model village another time.
Living or travelling in Tasmania, Richmond should definitely be highlighted on maps.
For more information, visit Richmond Village Tasmania online.