Visiting the Oldest Bridge in Australia, in Richmond, Tasmania

Our fifth day in Tasmania was spent driving to Hobart. However, we did make a stop in Richmond, to see Australia’s oldest surviving bridge, and to get lunch. Richmond ended up being such a cute town, where I could have wandered around, all day. It’s full of historic buildings, antique shops, and bakeries.

On our way to Richmond, we stopped in Fortescue National Park, one last time, to walk to a waterfall. The waterfall ended up being barely visible. But the walk was beautiful, and full of those big sea cliffs we had grown so fond of.

As we drove into Richmond, we made our first stop at the oldest bridge in Australia—the Richmond Bridge. It was built between 1823 and 1825 by convicts; which means it’s not perfect, but it’s still standing! After snapping a few photos, we wandered up the street to an old, tiny church, which was built in 1836, then it was time to grab some lunch in town.

Richmond is a lively city where it’s really easy to connect with locals and tourists, alike. We bought cherries from a local farmer, enjoyed more of that Bridestowe Lavender Ice Cream, and listened to a small band play American Rock.