Coal River Valley
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Just minutes from Hobart Airport – the wineries, convict history and delicious food make Richmond and the Coal River Valley the perfect place to start your self-drive Lap of Tasmania road trip!
Richmond is home to one of the world’s strangest museums – Pooseum – “Where talking about poo is not taboo”! 💩💩💩
Built in 1825 by convicts, Richmond Bridge – originally named Bigge’s Bridge – is the oldest bridge in Australia that is still in use today.
Don’t forget to slow down!
Coal was discovered near Richmond and Jerusalem in the 1800s The quality and quantity was found to be so low that little coal mining ever occurred – but the name stuck!
The Coal River Valley is a funny place. The locals swear it’s a degree or two warmer than Hobart but the statistics say the opposite
In summer you’ll find temperatures ranging from 11°C at night up to 25°C during the day.
In winter, temperatures range from 3°C at night up to 13°C during the day.
Read More: Detailed Guide to Driving Times in Tasmania
Hobart ⇌ Richmond: 25km / 30mins (40mins for campervans)
Richmond ⇌ Port Arthur: 80km / 1hr 15min (1hr 45mins for campervans)
Richmond ⇌ Triabunna: 65km / 50mins (1hr 15min for campervans)
Richmond ⇌ Coles Bay: 170km / 2hr 15mins (2hr 45min for campervans)
Richmond, Cambridge, Sorell, Midway Point, Hobart Airport
EV Battery Charging Stations:
A list of Tasmania’s national parks can be found here: Parks and Wildlife
A valid permit is needed before you can drive into these parks. For more information on the which pass you should buy, click here.
Permits can be purchased online here, from National Park Visitor Centres, Accredited Tasmanian Travel Information Centres, the Spirit of Tasmania, Service Tasmania shops, or by mail/email following these instructions.
Discounts are available for Seniors.
For Tasmania Police emergency road closure alerts click here.
Cambridge Road and the Arthur Highway are popular with nocturnal wildlife. Keep your eyes open at all times – especially dusk and dawn – for wallabies, possums and Tasmanian devils on the roads.
Cambridge Road is a popular link for locals between Richmond and Hobart, but is only single-lane with few overtaking opportunities. It’s only short, so don’t feel pressured to speed up or to overtake unsafely.
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