If you’re touring around Tassie, you’re definitely going to need to break your journey and stretch your legs. And there’s no better place to do that than Richmond. And there’s no better place in Richmond than the multi award-winning Old Hobart Town (voted ‘Best Development Project’ and ‘Tasmania’s Most Significant Attraction’ three years in a row). Since 1991, this delightful attraction has been a must-visit for anyone with an interest in the history of the state capital, or for families who will love its extraordinary level of detail. Old Hobart Town is Australia’s only historically accurate model village, painstakingly handcrafted by Andrew and John Quick over a three-year period to recreate what the state’s capital looked like way back in 1820.
This unique creation was built after the Quicks managed to obtain original maps and plans from the Archives and Lands Department to ensure its historical accuracy and authenticity.
To compare ‘then’ and ‘now’ there are photographs of modern day Hobart, while comprehensive signage completes the experience.
Younger folk particularly will enjoy the ‘where’s Wally’ aspect, with a search sheet supplied for them to track down especially clever and amusing details of the town.
Among the native myrtle bonsai trees, there are over 60 replica miniature buildings and 400-plus tiny period figures telling the sometimes cruel but always-informative stories of the hardships faced by the state’s pioneering forebears.
Covering an area approximately the size of a couple of tennis courts, the layout recreates Sullivan’s Cove, Hunter Island, the Hobart Rivulet and the main city centre. There’s also a souvenir shop on-site, translations in Chinese, Japanese, French and German are available and there are umbrellas on hand so you can even enjoy Old Hobart Town during inclement weather.
21A Bridge Street, Richmond 7025
Tel: +613 6260 2502
Images courtesy of Old Hobart Town