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From historic Richmond to the Tasman National Park, Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur Historic Site, this fascinating journey is rich in convict history and natural beauty.
Drive to the village of Richmond with its colonial past, antique shops, art and craft galleries, restaurants and tea rooms. The perfect place to learn about Tasmania’s rich heritage and home to Australia’s oldest bridge and gaol, Richmond is bursting with history. Old Hobart Town is popular with the kids, a carefully constructed model of Hobart as it was in 1820.
On the way to Port Arthur, stop at the Colonial and Convict Exhibition in Coping, home too many interesting convict artefacts. Driving on to Eaglehawk Neck the lookout over Pirates Bay reveals a breathtaking beach bounded by dramatic coastline. Walk the dog line near the Officers’ Quarters of the border of Port Arthur. Once home to ferocious dogs to ensure the prisoners did not escape it is today a museum about convict life in the region.
The Port Arthur Historic Site is Australia’s most intact and evocative convict site. With more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes dating back to the prison’s establishment in 1930, allow plenty of time to explore this large area. For those not shy of a phantom, partake in the night ghost tour, Port Arthur will seem a very different place after sunset. Leaving the UNESCO World Heritage listed area behind the dramatic coastal cliffs and rock formations which line the route back to Hobart are breathtaking. Before returning to Hobart, be sure to stop off at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park for a look at the history and conservation of this iconic Tasmanian icon.
This top drive was provided by Discover Tasmania.
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