We head toward Bicheno

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The historic Georgian village of Richmond

Our next stop was Richmond. Richmond is the Georgian village that has the quaint bridge we had seen frequently in tourism advertising so we were keen to see it for real.  It is Australia’s oldest bridge still in use and dates back to 1823. The bridge is said to be haunted by several ghosts. Fortunately none put in an appearance in the bright sunshine when we were there. For some reason both Ian and I thought the road would go up and over a hump on the bridge but the road over it was flat.  I don’t know where we got that silly idea from.  There are some nice grassy banks alongside the river and they were in stark contrast to the very brown hills surrounding us.

 

Richmond Bridge Richmond Bridge
Stunning Georgian building in Richmond Historic building in Richmond

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historic buildings abound in Richmond Another historic building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst in Richmond we were all able to purchase some morning tea.  Ian and I opted for a couple of mini quiches which we ate as we walked along.  We couldn’t see any point in sitting down to eat them because we wanted to see everything possible in this short stop-over.

We saw the outside of the Richmond Jail but we felt there wasn’t enough time to go inside for a decent look on this short stop-over. The jail was built in 1825 but last used for that purpose in 1928. It was a great little village for a stop-over.

 

The village of Ross

On the original itinerary we weren’t going to Ross at all.  We were supposed to go to Port Arthur but that was simply not possible because of the terrible bush fires in that area.  The road into that area was not passable but, even if it were passable, the little village of Port Arthur had no power.  Accommodation and restaurants can’t operate without power so staying there was an impossibility. Consequently we had a bit of time up our sleeves. John, the tour guide, had told us we would not be able to visit Port Arthur before we left Hobart. He thought Ross would be a good place to take us to instead and he was correct.

Bridge at Ross Bridge at historic Ross
The Town Hall The Town Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ross has a very photographic old bridge too and it has 186 carvings on the arches. By the time we reached Ross the breeze had picked up and it was cooler than in Richmond.

 

Hotel in Ross Hotel in Ross
Ian taking time out with his friend Ian with his friend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The young fellow who was sitting in front of us on the bus was a teacher named David.  We saw him wandering around Ross with a bag in his hand. He’d obviously bought something. He showed us this really gorgeous cashmere jumper he had bought in the village. It was so soft.

 

Next page: We arrive in Bicheno

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Jean busy photographing
the Richmond bridge

The banks of the Coal River in Richmond