The ridiculously picturesque bridge and Coal River at Richmond

I know, it’s hackneyed and over-photographed and that I haven’t captured it at midnight or under an aurora, but there’s no denying, even in winter on an ordinary day, the Richmond Bridge is irresistibly picturesque. Especially when the light is working. I guess that’s why the town has been a tourist hotspot since before there was tourism.

When it was new, around 1824, even that old rascal Reverend Robert Knopwood thought it was pretty damn fine, at least according to the interpretive panel erected next to it by the council.

I also noticed that it has a National Engineering Heritage marker, recognising the significance of this bit of convict bridge-building.

The Coal River at Richmond
Sandstone house and fields at Richmond
Weir over the Coal River at Richmond

Richmond is a short drive, around 20 minutes, from Hobart via the eastern shore. It boasts a large number of impressive sandstone and other fine colonial period buildings, many now given over to antique shops, art galleries and tea rooms. It also houses the oldest intact convict gaol in Australia, but probably the most popular activity is strolling along the river and feeding the ducks. I noticed one enterprising shop in the main street is selling duck food.



4 Comments Add yours

  1. RuthsArc – London – Looking forward, looking back & enjoying life in Tasmania.
    RuthsArc says:

    Lovely photos Andrew. I can’t go to Richmond without taking pics.

  2. Tasmanian traveller – Bellerive Tasmania Australia – Through travel, I have experienced the eccentricities of people and their environments around the world. At the same time, I love where I live. So, for people who cannot travel to discover the wonders of my home town, this blog is an attempt to introduce its exoticness. My goal was to walk along both sides of Hobart's Derwent River from the mouth to New Norfolk, and to walk on one or alternating sides of the River between New Norfolk and the source of the River at the southern end of Lake St Clair. The walk was undertaken in stages around my other commitments of my life. Almost all stages of the walk connected with Tasmanian public transport - my intentions was to inspire people, who do not have access to a vehicle, to feel they can replicate the walks. This blog reports on each stage in the hope it will encourage people to either follow in my steps or to create their own walking project where-ever they live. Please note: The blog background and headliner image of 'Hobart from Mt Wellington' is the work of Tourism Tasmania and Garry Moore. It is a free image with unrestricted copyright and available from
    Tasmanian traveller says:

    And I love the ridiculous saturation of colour and green lushness pervading all. Totally ridiculous!

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