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Richmond, Tasmania

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Mt Wellington, Mt Field, Bonorong & Richmond Day Trip

1. Mt Wellington, Mt Field, Bonorong & Richmond Day Trip

This nature lover’s day trip begins with pickup from Hobart hotel. Then, journey through the picturesque Derwent Valley. Drive past Australia's oldest operating pub. Continue on to Mt. Field National Park, where Russell Falls is a must-see. Stroll underneath enormous fern forests and some of the world’s tallest trees to the waterfall. Next, follow the freshwater back to New Norfolk, where your guide will explain its interesting history.   Stretch and grab a bite to eat before the next stop. Head to a Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to hand-feed kangaroos and discover Tasmanian devils. End your day in the picturesque town of Richmond before returning to Hobart. The Mt Wellington summit time depends on the weather (cloud cover) and will either be early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Hobart: Port Arthur and Lavender Farm Tour

2. Hobart: Port Arthur and Lavender Farm Tour

Departing early from Hobart, you will drive directly to the stunning Tasman Peninsula. This area has amazing history, fascinating stories and spectacular scenery, and is also home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs. You will enjoy the panoramic views of the area from Pirates Bay Lookout, which provides a great vantage point of the surrounding area. Passing through Eaglehawk Neck and “The Dogline”, your guide will share with you some truly amazing history and stories of the area. You will then begin one of Tasmania’s “great short walks”, following a spectacular track of around 2 kilometers along the Waterfall Bay cliff top. From there you will be dropped off for a short visit to the Port Arthur Lavender Farm, where you will enjoy a self-guided wander around the Lavender grounds and enjoy a browse in the shop where you can find a unique range of handmade lavender products. You will then enter the Port Arthur Historic Site, where you will find a wealth of information and history which you can discover throughout your 3 hours on site. Your entry includes a complimentary harbor cruise around the Isle of the Dead, as well as a guided walking tour with one of the site’s expert guides. On your return to Hobart, make a stop at the historical village of Richmond. Moving along, you will arrive to the historic Richmond Village in the late afternoon. There you can meander the streets, stop for a coffee, visit the Lolly Shop, and walk across Australia’s oldest bridge which is still in use: a convict-built sandstone bridge (which is reportedly haunted). Finally, before you re-enter Hobart, you will stop for a fabulous view across the city from a local lookout, a picturesque way to return to the city. You will then be dropped off back at your Hobart City accommodation at around 6:00 PM.

From Hobart: Richmond Village Return Shuttle

3. From Hobart: Richmond Village Return Shuttle

Take a return shuttle and travel back in time to the village of Richmond, home to convict-built churches and Australia's oldest bridge. Drive through Coal Valley, Southern Tasmania's wine region, to Richmond, a quaint village full of historic sights, antique and giftware shops, and charming cafes. Depart from the meeting point and drive through the picturesque Coal Valley. On the way to Richmond, enjoy fun and informative commentary from your driver. Once arriving in Richmond, have a couple hours to explore the village at your own leisure. Use the provided walking map to help you orient yourself and get to know Richmond better. Check out historic sights, admire heritage buildings, browse galleries, shop in boutiques, and relax at a cafe before meeting at the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre Bus Stop to go back to Hobart.

Hobart: Mount Wellington and Richmond Village Shuttle

4. Hobart: Mount Wellington and Richmond Village Shuttle

On this combination tour, you will start the day with our kunanyi/Mt Wellington Tour, offering a breath-taking journey to the mountain summit. Here you'll have 30 minutes to explore the spectacular views over Hobart and Southern Tasmania. Return to the Hobart waterfront with an hour to explore before commencing the afternoon Richmond Village Tour. Richmond historical village is home to Australia’s oldest bridge, Catholic Church and gaol. This part of the tour offers a generous 2.5 hours to explore this historical town at your own pace.

Hobart: Richmond Village Shuttle

5. Hobart: Richmond Village Shuttle

We'll travel by bus through the Coal River Valley, Southern Tasmania's premier wine region. Journey back in time, to the historical village of Richmond, home to Australia's oldest bridge, Catholic Church, and gaol. Richmond is a little village full of historical sites, antique and giftware shops and great cafes. Its a 3.5 hour return tour with 2.5 hours (approx.) in Richmond Village to explore at your own leisure. Passengers also receive a handy walking map with exclusive discounts for some of Richmond’s best shops, cafes, and attractions! Show your ticket and save.

3D Tasmanian Highlights: Hobart, Port Arthur & Bruny Island

6. 3D Tasmanian Highlights: Hobart, Port Arthur & Bruny Island

One can’t say that they’ve truly explored Tasmania without visiting the big three: Hobart, Port Arthur and Bruny Island. This three-day tour will make sure you get the full Tassie experience by guiding you on an epic journey around Tasmania's south. Day 1: Start your three day tour by meeting your fun and friendly driver/guide. After a short meet and greet, you will set-off on your Tasmanian adventure. Your first day on the tour aims to show you all of Hobart's key attractions. Some of the highlights are Mt Wellington, Bonorong, MONA, Richmond, a city highlights tour and Salamanca market (Saturday only). Day 2: Bruny island - Arguably Tasmania's best day trip! This magical Island has a little piece of everything Tasmania has: World class beaches, rugged coastline and native wildlife matched with the finest local produce from the ocean and the land, a tour you do not want to miss! You will see firsthand why Bruny Island is fast becoming one of Tasmania’s most popular tourist destinations. Day 3: The Port Arthur tour includes a direct bus trip to the historic site where you will have 4-hours to explore at your own pace. This 7-hour round trip departs Hobart at 10:30 AM, getting back at around 5:30 PM.

From Hobart: Mount Wellington, Bonorong, and Richmond Tour

7. From Hobart: Mount Wellington, Bonorong, and Richmond Tour

After you are picked up from Hobart, your guide and tour bus will travel past the historic buildings of Salamanca Place and Battery Point. You will learn about the reclamation of land to form Salamanca Wharf, the history of the area’s defenses and the importance of convicts in Hobart’s construction. You will then take the journey to the summit of Mt Wellington, where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of Hobart, the Derwent River, Tasman Bridge, Bruny Island, the D’Entrecasteaux and the Huon Valley. If the weather doesn’t permit views from the summit the group has the option to visit a lower viewing point at Mt Nelson Signal Station which offers equally stunning views of Hobart, the Derwent River and Channel. After departing Hobart, you will journey out to Brighton to visit the iconic Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Here you can get up close and personal with some of Tasmania’s native wildlife, including its unique Tasmanian Devil, Wombats, Koalas, Quolls, Possums, Echidnas and a large range of bird species. You will also get the opportunity to hand feed their mob Kangaroos and Wallabies and we recommend a conversation with Fred, the sulphur crested cockatoo, who is over 103 years old! Next, you will travel to the historic town of Richmond where you will gain more insight into the early convict days that preceded Port Arthur at the oldest goal in Tasmania and see the oldest convict constructed sandstone bridge still in use in Australia. Just nearby there is also the stunning sandstone St. John’s Catholic Church, the oldest Catholic Church in Australia. You will get the opportunity to wander around and explore the quaint little hamlet of Richmond with its numerous old and heritage-listed buildings, galleries, antique shops and visit Old Hobart Town, a garden model display of Hobart as it was in the 1820s. You will have 60 minutes in Richmond, enough time to grab a quick snack at the bakery, hotel or café, We DO NOT recommend having a sit-down meal in one of the restaurants as you will miss out on exploring all that this beautiful town has to offer. If time permits, before returning to Hobart, the tour will travel south along the eastern shore of the River Derwent, to Kangaroo Bluff Battery, built in 1884 in response to the threat of a possible foreign warship attack on Hobart. Here you can explore the subterranean passages and armories and learn more about the history of this site. For a spectacular panoramic view of the Derwent River and Hobart City, you will visit the Rosny Point Lookout with views that stretch north to Lutana and south to Opossum Bay. It’s also a great spot to photograph Hobart, including Mt Wellington, and talk about the Tasman bridge disaster that occurred 45 years ago.

Hobart: kunyanyi/Mt Wellington and Zoodoo Zoo Half-Day Tour

8. Hobart: kunyanyi/Mt Wellington and Zoodoo Zoo Half-Day Tour

Discover Tasmania's vistas and wildlife on this combination half-day tour of kunanyi/Mt. Wellington and Zoodoo Zoo. Drive to the top of kunanyi/Mt. Wellington, see panoramic views of southern Tasmania and meet Tasmania's native wildlife at the Zoodoo Zoo. Begin your day with the kunanyi/Mt Wellington Tour. Relax on a comfortable shuttle ride directly to the top of this 1270 meter mountain. As you drive, hear about Hobart's fascinating history. At the summit, enjoy 30 minutes to visit the observation shelter and take in panoramic views. Head back down the mountain and explore the Hobart Waterfront on your own for an hour before meeting your guide to begin your Zoodoo Zoo Tour. At the zoo, get up-close and personal with native animals and exotic species. Explore the zoo on your own for 2 hours before returning to Hobart with your driver.

Hobart: Roundtrip Shared Bus Transfer to Zoodoo Zoo

9. Hobart: Roundtrip Shared Bus Transfer to Zoodoo Zoo

Take the stress out of your holiday with a pre-booked roundtrip bus transfer from  the city of Hobart to Zoodoo Zoo. Skip the hassle of arranging transportation. Save 20% on standard Zoodoo entry tickets when you show your shuttle ticket. Board the comfortable bus at a centrally-located meeting point in Hobart. Sit back and relax as you take in the views on the scenic drive through the Coal River Valley. Stop at the park where you can purchase your discounted tickets. Have 2 hours of free time to get up close and personal with animals like the famous Tasmanian devil, lions, zebras, and meerkats. After your visit, hop back on the bus and embark on your trip back to your meeting point in Hobart.

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What people are saying about Richmond, Tasmania

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 181 reviews

A long day of adventures, jam-packed with things to see and do, a mix of natural wonders and the iconic Port Arthur and surrounds. It’s a long journey but there are lots of short stops such as the Lavender Farm, nature walks, Richmond, photo ops etc to stretch the legs. The cliff top walk is breathtaking views and lovely refreshing natural forest- just right 30 mins length for all. If the Lavender isn’t in season, it’s a great little stop. But Port Arthur is the main attraction, with knowledgeable guides, incredible and quite tragic site, and a little Harbour Cruise to the Isle of the Dead. Port Arthur is a true MUST SEE in Hobart if you want to understand how this city was shaped by the convict trade. Every sandstone building you see in the region after this will have you wondering ‘did a poor convict make these bricks?’ This tour has a little something for everyone. This would be a REALLY smashing tour if we’d had just a little more light in the day.

The best choice we could make! We spent 3 days in Tasmania and this tour covered all the place and activities we really wanted to do! Seeing the wildlife at the sanctuary and on the walk on towards the waterfalls, the tall tree walk is all an amazing adventure. Our guide was Jarod, he is originally from Richmond, the historical village we visit at lunch time, so he suggested all the best spots there, best scallop pie in town, whisky tasting bar and old gaol tour. Thank you so much Jarod! I was so fascinated about everything that I was always the last one jumping back on the bus (sorry about that). The perfect amount of time to enjoy all the activities, coffee and toilets at every stop, very well-informed guide. The best day in Hobart! Thank you

I took my mother on this tour for Mother’s Day and we absolutely loved it! This tour is well organised and not rushed, there’s enough time to explore everything on this tour. From the scenic waterfalls at a National Park, to a wildlife sanctuary where we learned about Australian wildlife, visiting a historic town with the oldest bridge and Catholic Church in Australia, to breathtaking views of Tasmania from Mount Wellington! I cannot fault this tour and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Hobart!

Mum and I enjoyed the tour immensely. The waterfalls were amazing. I've never seen anything like it before. All stops were very enjoyable. Jarrod our tour guide and driver shared local knowledge along the way. And helped mum with her walker all day. Would definitely do this tour again. Thank you

Fuss free. Great info and pace. Just book it...you will be glad you did. Jarrod is an excellent guide.