13 Best Things To Do In Richmond, Tasmania

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Going on a Richmond trip and want to know all the best things to do in Richmond, Tasmania? We have you covered! Below you will find our guide to all the fun things to do around Richmond Tasmania to plan your ultimate trip.

Richmond is one of our favourite places to visit in Tasmania. It is among the most historic towns in the state with many of the sandstone buildings serving to maintain the towns Georgian charm. Getting here is easy – it’s just a 30 minute drive away from Hobart. However, it does feel like you’re further away once you arrive. It can be equal parts vibrant (thanks to its many visitors) and tranquil.

Richmond Bridge

There are many cool things to do in Richmond. It’s the perfect place for a day trip. It’s not just historical buildings either – if you’re visiting with kids, there are many things for kids to do in Richmond.

Below, you will find our Richmond, Tasmania things to do travel blog with everything you need to know about the best things to see in Richmond, Tasmania, the top Richmond, Tasmania attractions, all the best things to do with kids Richmond has in store as well as the best places to stay for your ultimate holiday in Richmond!!

Top 13 Best Things To Do In Richmond, Tasmania

Here are the best things to do Richmond, Tasmania options. Read through and select the ones that fit your interests and timeframe.

Stroll Along The Old Richmond Bridge

Richmond Bridge
Richmond Bridge

Whether your visit to Richmond starts or ends at the Richmond Bridge, walking along it is one of the must do things to do in Richmond Tas. It’s really a rite of passage when visiting Richmond!

Richmond Bridge is not only pretty, its the oldest stone arch bridge in Australia. It is heritage listed and was built by convicts between 1823 and 1825. Walking over the bridge, you do get a sense of its age.

The nearby river is nice too. In nice weather you’ll find many people walking beside the river, relaxing on the banks, feeding the ducks or enjoying a picnic – one of the best things to do in Richmond park.

See The History Of Hobart At Old Hobart Town Model Village

Old Hobart Town Model Village Richmond
Walking in to Old Hobart Town (note this is using my super zoomed out lens – the site is bigger than it looks here)

Address: 21a Bridge St, Richmond, TAS 7025

A visit to Richmond already feels like taking a step back in time. Even more so when you visit the Old Hobart Town Model Village!

This model village was built following official accounts and plans from the 1820s to replicate what Hobart would have looked like during that time. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the past and there’s heaps to see.

Old Hobart Town Model Village Richmond TAS
Old Hobart Town Model Village

The site is set out in streets, and you can stroll down each one and take your time analysing how that particular patch of Hobart looked. Very few of the original buildings survive today but they are clearly labelled on the model.

Seeing the model is not only one of the top things to do in Richmond but it also gives you a sense of how different life was in Hobart during that time, and how the cities purpose for being has clearly expanded into something quite different today.

The model village is open daily.

Click here to read our full review of Old Hobart Town Model Village.

Lock Yourself Inside The Richmond Gaol

Richmond Gaol
Richmond Gaol

Address: 37 Bathurst St, Richmond TAS 7025

Richmond Gaol can be overlooked for the more famous Port Arthur Historic Site, and not without reason – Port Arthur was brutal. However, Richmond Gaol is famous in its own right.

Firstly, it’s the oldest standing gaol in Australia (yes, older than Port Arthur!). Secondly, it has numerous intact divisions that give insight into how brutal prison life was in the 19th century.

The oldest part of the gaol dates back to 1825, but due to overcrowding it was expanded over the years and added a gaoler’s house, solitary confinement cells, a women’s quarters and cookhouse. You can still see all this today and lock yourself inside the solitary confinement cells!

Richmond Gaol isn’t huge and it’s easy to explore by a self guided tour. It’s very well kept and there are interactive elements including recordings in areas like the flogging yard (aptly named!). There’s also a small craft/souvenir shop on-site.

The gaol is open daily. The current entry cost for a family with 2 adults and kids between 5 to 16 is $30. Very affordable!

Click here to read our full review of Richmond Gaol.

See Wildlife In Zoodoo Zoo

tasmanian devil

Address: 620 Middle Tea Tree Rd, Tea Tree TAS 7017

If you’re visiting with family then a visit to Zoodoo Zoo is one of the fun things for kids in Richmond. It is a small zoo, but there are still a good amount of animals here.

Donkeys, camels, lions, meercats, snakes, birds and zeebras are just some of the animals you can see here. Of course, you will also find native Australian animals like wallabies, emus and the famed Tasmanian devil. There are also more exotic animals like the serval and marmoset!

They also have different talks and feeding times for different animals. Their close up encounters are also one of the fun things to do with kids in Richmond. You can feed kangaroos or pay a bit extra and hold a snake!

There’s an indoor playground and a café where you can relax with a hot drink when needed.

ZooDoo Zoo is open daily. The entry price for a family of 2 adults and 2 children is $102 at time of writing.

Enjoy A Glass Of Wine At A Local Vineyard

Best Richmond Accommodation Tasmania

Tasmania is well regarded for it’s cool climate wines, and one of the top ten things to do in Richmond is to visit at least one of its wineries! In our opinion, these wineries are among the best places to visit in Richmond Tasmania for lunch.

Pooley Wines is among the top choices in Richmond. They have a cellar door, woodfire pizza, and offer their Pooley Tasting experiences for just $15 per person. They also have premium wine tastings. These award wining wines are best complimented with a cheese board!

Some of our favourites nearby are Puddleduck Vineyard, which has a beautiful lake and offers tastings, vineyard tours and a great restaurant. There’s also Every Man & His Dog Vineyard, well regarded for its wine tastings in combination with a cheese platter and wood fire pizza.

Visit St. John The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church

St. John The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church Richmond Tas
St. John The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church

Address: 7025/29 St Johns Cir, Richmond TAS 7025

A visit to St. John The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church is one of the things to do at Richmond Tasmania that shouldn’t be missed. The hilltop vantage point is not the only reason visiting is one of the popular things to do in Richmond on Sunday. This church is also the oldest catholic church in Australia in continuous use.

It is a pretty sandstone building with a stone path leading up to it and a nearby cemetery. It is worth seeing and just a very short walk from Richmond Bridge.

Explore Pooseum

Pooseum Richmond

Address: 22 Bridge St, Richmond TAS 7025

A visit to the Pooseum is definitely one of the weirder things to do in the Richmond area, but it isn’t as gross as it sounds. This museum is actually quite interesting. Whilst it does specialise in the quirky science of bowel movements, there’s quite a few interesting facts to discover here.

They have some ‘interesting’ exhibits, as well as interactive screens, 3D models and plenty of stuff to keep the kids entertained. This is definitely more suited to a list of family things to do in Richmond.

Before leaving you can stroll through the Pootrid Shop for all your poo resources.

Pick Fresh Strawberries At Littlewood Berry Farm

Delicious strawberries

One of the things happening in Richmond during the warmer months of the year is strawberry harvesting. At Littlewood Berry Farm, you can pick your own fresh, delicious strawberries which can be one of the top kids things to do in Richmond. It’s very fun!

They also have a beautiful sunflower field – a great spot for photo opportunities. The farm also sells some amazing strawberry liqueur, jams and ice-cream. They are very well regarded for this.

Littlewood is only open during the fruiting season which is usually early November until the end of April.

Address: 1192 Richmond Rd, Richmond TAS 7025

Join A Personal Tour Inside Killara Distillery

Killara Distillery
Killara Distillery

Address: 32 Ogilvie Ln, Richmond TAS 7025

If you’re a lover of whisky then one of the fun things to do near Richmond Tasmania is join one of Killara Distillery’s private whisky experiences. These tours are 90 minutes long, and there are 3 different whisky tastings offered from their prized collection – including one straight from the barrel!

They also offer gin and other spirits tastings. This place has an interesting origin story and is passionate about what they do, and their craftmanship speaks quality all the way.

Stop For A Sweet Treat

Sweets And Treats, Richmond
Sweets And Treats, Richmond

Address: 30 Bridge St, Richmond TAS 7025

Sweets and Treats is Richmond’s old style lolly shop. We used to visit here when I was a kid and it was always exciting picking one of their unique treats.

Their range of sweets is pretty incredible for a small shop. You can buy lollies that are soft, hard, chewy, sour, sweet in addition to roasted nuts and delicious ice-cream. For the traditionalists, they have a whole range of traditional sweets behind the counter like boiled lollies, licorice, toffee, gobstoppers and much much more.

Whilst visiting is one of the fun free things to do in Richmond with kids, it’s impossible to visit here without buying something! 🙂

Richmond Arms Hotel
Richmond Arms Hotel

Choose Your Cheese At The Wicked Cheese Co.

Address: 1238 Richmond Rd, Richmond TAS 7025

Tasmania has some delicious cheese, and the cheese at Wicked Cheese Co. is simply awesome. It’s sold all around the state. This place has won many awards and it’s worth adding to your list of Richmond things to do Tasmania.

There are heaps of cheeses to sample here if you’re looking for things to do in Richmond for free. You can also sit down at the café and have a cheese platter, or try one of their other dishes like a cheese kransky or pide. This is a nice place to go for lunch and to wash it down with a glass of wine. Plus, there is a whole range of cakes and other desserts.

You can see them making cheese on-site, and you can also see the cheese aging area. They also have a shop which is really great for picking up a souvenir. Of course, it sells cheese, but you can also buy quality wines, chocolate, honey and much more Tasmanian produce.

Make Your Way In And Out Of Amaze Richmond

Amaze Richmond
Amaze Richmond

Address: 13 Bridge St, Richmond TAS 7025

If you’re visiting with family in tow and looking for things to do in Richmond with toddlers and kids, Amaze Richmond is an experience worth doing.

There are two different mazes here including a wooden maze and a garden hedge maze. The garden hedge maze is big and it was difficult to make it through when we did it! Lots of dead ends and quite fun. I liked the wooden maze more. We also saw a family of swans on the water which was one of the highlights for me 🙂

The kids love the mazes. They are quite good at keeping the kids entertained with a deciphering activity where you need to find shapes and animals to work out a cryptic text.

There’s also an on-site café. Amaze Richmond is open daily. The cost is $60 for a family of 4.

Eat And Shop At Richmond Village Farmers and Makers Market

Richmond Village Farmers and Makers Market
Richmond Village Farmers and Makers Market

Address: 52 Bridge Street, Richmond TAS 7025

A visit to the Richmond Village Farmers and Makers Market is worth doing if you’re looking for things to do in Richmond this weekend. It’s a small Sunday market held inside the town hall and located on the main road.

When I visited, it was mostly handcrafts, jewellery and artwork for sale. Most of it was distinctively homemade which made it quite charming. It is a small market, however, and there were no fruit/vegetables that I could see. This likely changes at times and it’s still worth a quick visit, especially if you enjoy looking at craftwork.

The market is held between 10am and 3pm on Sundays.

What To Do In Richmond, Tasmania Map

Find all the Richmond attractions discussed above as well as top accommodation options on the map below.

Things To Do In Richmond, Tasmania map
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Best Place To Stay In Richmond

If you want to stay in Richmond, you don’t have a huge range of options. This doesn’t mean there aren’t some nice places to stay. However, there are no big hotel chains (you’ll find these in nearby Hobart).

However, if you want to be close to all the things to do in Richmond area, these are the top choices.

BEST – Hatchers Richmond Manor Review

The top choice in Richmond is Hatchers Richmond Manor. It’s a great place to stay if you want to enjoy the rural setting that makes Richmond so charming. The town centre is just a 1.5km walk/drive away.

Accommodation here is quaint and well equipped, and ranges from suites to cottages and apartments. Cottages and apartments are self contained and include kitchenettes, a sitting/dining area and a flatscreen TV. Some suites also have sitting areas. Rooms are dated but comfortable.

On-site there is a BBQ area, a bar and restaurant, laundry facilities, free parking and free WiFi.

Click here for the latest prices.

MID-RANGE – Richmond Coachmans Rest Review

Richmond Coachmans Rest is a great place to stay if you want to be near all the romantic things to do in Richmond. It’s just a 5 minute walk away from the Richmond Bridge and close to the Richmond Arms Hotel, a place to head for dinner if you’re looking for things to do at night in Richmond.

Rooms include studios with a queen bed and apartments with two bedrooms. All rooms are fresh and contemporary and include a kitchenette with a a microwave and toaster and outdoor sitting area.

There is a nice courtyard here and free parking. However, there is no WiFi access.

Click here for the latest prices.

BUDGET – The Richmond Arms Hotel Review

The Richmond Arms Hotel is the best place to stay if you want to be right in the centre of Richmond. Most of the top 10 things to do in Richmond are well within walking distance.

Rooms range from budget twin/double options, and units with one/two bedrooms. The units are quite nice with a separate living/dining area, kitchenette, TV and toiletries. The budget rooms are more dated.

There is a popular bar/restaurant on-site as well as free parking and WiFi access.

Click here for the latest prices.

Click here to see all our recommendations for the best hotel in Richmond.

How To Get To Richmond

It’s easy to get to Richmond from Hobart by bus, taxi or car. If you have your own car, great! You are good to go.

You can take the Tasman Highway out of the city and just take the turn off to Richmond just before the airport. The B31 will then take you to the rest of the way to Richmond.

You can hire a car to get you there by clicking here to book with local operator Bargain Car Rentals. Use code TASEXPLOR for 5% discount.

You can also take a local public bus from Hobart to Richmond. You can find timetables here.

Fun Things To Do In Richmond For Kids

Richmond Gaol Tasmania trying out some chains
Trying out some chains at Richmond Gaol

Richmond is actually one of my favourite places to visit with kids in Tasmania. There are so many things to do with children in Richmond, and many of it quite unique. It is definitely a place where enjoyment for the whole family has been considered.

Our kids loved exploring the Richmond Gaol, trying out the chains and locking themselves inside the solitary confinement cells (for a very short amount of time!!).

Some of the best activities with kids include the maze, the pooseum and ZooDoo. If your kids have been to better zoos then you can probably skip ZooDoo in favour of one of the other activities (unless they love animals). In the warmer months, picking strawberries is also super fun.

Final Words

We hope our guide to things to do in Richmond Tasmania has been helpful for you! I recommend visiting on the weekend for the best vibe, but most attractions are open daily so you can visit anytime.

If it’s your first time visiting, I’m sure you will love it. We go nearly every time we are in the Hobart area and still love it!

You can find all the best Richmond accommodation Tasmania options here or read more fun things to do in Richmond and nearby Hobart here.

By Shan Hutchinson

Shan grew up in Tasmania, moved away and then came back with her family twenty years later. She loves re-discovering her home state and sharing it with you here.