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Old Goals, Churches, Pubs and Lolly Shops

About an hour’s drive from Hobart, Richmond was once a stopover on the way to the   penal settlement of Port Arthur. Now you can zip over the causeways through Midway Point, but you can adopt a slower pace in Tasmania and Richmond is certainly worth the detour.

A lot of Richmond was built in the 1820’s, including the old bridge (Australia’s oldest still in use), and you can see Australia’s oldest remaining Catholic church (1836) through the arches of the bridge. 

Richmond Tasmania
Not the oldest lolly shop in Australia, but it's housed in one of Australia's oldest buildings.

Also built in 1836 was the Anglican church St Lukes. There may be older churches in Tasmania but St Lukes has not changed since the day the first rector cleaned his boots on the marvelous boot scraper at the front door.

Richmond Tasmania
The boot scraper at St Lukes church, Richmond, Tasmania

The clock in the tower of St Luke’s is a gift from St David’s church in Hobart. There’s a lovely stained-glass window above the alter and the timber roof is convict built. The two storey church rectory is just nearby – it’s now a private residence.


Jenny and Richard
Is it worth mentioning that on 22 December 1967, the wedding of Jenny and Richard was celebrated in St Luke's church? Just saying! 

All around the town you’ll find lovely sandstone buildings, some now art galleries or cafes. You can visit Australia’s oldest goal that is still intact, grab a meal at the pituresque old hotel (maybe taste a local wine), or feed the ducks on the Coal River.

The Old Hobart Town Model Village will give you a picture of how Hobart was in the 1820’s.

And if the kids are bored by this time, pay a visit to Zoodoo, a hands-on safari and native animal park about 6kms away – but watch out for the emus!

The Richmond Bakery is famous for its - well, everything. Located in a complex of tourist outlets behind the pub.
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