After we arrived off the Spirit of Tasmania ferry (you can read about that adventure here!) and had a few days relaxing in Hobart, Ty and I took a short day trip out to the historic village of Richmond, in Tasmania’s south east. Nestled in the Coal River Valley with its beautiful historic buildings, vineyards, orchards and farms, it has a decidedly romantic atmosphere about it and is a hub for fine wine and food lovers.
Our visit to Richmond included a look around the famous and heritage listed Richmond Bridge, a walk down the historic main street through the village and a visit to one of the area’s most beautiful wineries.
The beautiful village provides a glimpse into what life may have been like during Tasmania’s colonial era. As a vintage and history lover, I found myself wanting to spend hours and hours exploring the village’s winding streets with all their tiny little bookstores, art and craft boutiques and old tea shops. As much as I do love visiting cities, I must admit, my love for rural towns and the countryside will never be surpassed!
The Richmond Bridge itself is the second most photographed bridge in Australia, after the Sydney Harbor Bridge of course, something that I didn’t actually know at the time of visiting it. Ty and I took our time wandering around the gardens and down to the river, while taking lots and lots of photos!
The perfect ending to a wonderful day in Richmond was squeezing in a visit to one of the region’s most beautiful vineyards and wineries. Located just on the outskirts of Richmond, Pooley Wines is one of the longest established winegrowers in the Coal River Valley and Ty and I were lucky enough to taste a number of their fine and delicious wines at their cellar door. Aside from amazing wine (we purchased quite a few bottles – we actually still have one that we are saving for something special!), the grounds themselves are absolutely breathtaking, including Belmont Lodge. A historic two storey Georgian stone house built all the way back in 1832, Belmont Lodge is one of the finest private colonial estates in Tasmania. What a treat it was to visit! My vintage and history loving heart was literally singing!
What do you think of Richmond? Is it making you want to move to the countryside immediately? That was my initial reaction! Something about it made me think of the movie Under The Tuscan Sun!
Thanks so much for reading! XO