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Closed area: All parks and reserves closed
From 26/3/2020, last reviewed 31/3/2020

​​​​​Following advice from the Tasmania Department of Health and Tasmanian Government that our community should limit non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, the PWS has closed all national parks, reserves and campgrounds until further notice.

The PWS is calling on Tasmanians to support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay home during this time. 

From midnight Thursday 26 March, PWS is temporarily closing all national parks, reserves, campgrounds and facilities to recreational and tourism use. This means that all short walks, day walks, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, tours and camping are now closed to the public.  Washrooms, day use facilities, showers and visitor centres are closed until further notice.​

For more information on these closures please refer to the frequently asked questions.​


Richmond Gaol central courtyard, tree in foreground, historic buildings behind
The courtyard of Richmond Gaol Historic Site (photograph: Joe Shemesh)

Richmond Gaol Historic Site

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Closed area: All parks and reserves closed
From 26/3/2020, last reviewed 31/3/2020

​​​​​Following advice from the Tasmania Department of Health and Tasmanian Government that our community should limit non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, the PWS has closed all national parks, reserves and campgrounds until further notice.

The PWS is calling on Tasmanians to support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay home during this time. 

From midnight Thursday 26 March, PWS is temporarily closing all national parks, reserves, campgrounds and facilities to recreational and tourism use. This means that all short walks, day walks, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, tours and camping are now closed to the public.  Washrooms, day use facilities, showers and visitor centres are closed until further notice.​

For more information on these closures please refer to the frequently asked questions.​


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​Located in the quaint, historic town of Richmond, Tasmania, just a 20 minute drive from Hobart, the Richmond Gaol is one of the best preserved convict structures in Tasmania. Visitors to the site are greeted with beautifully intact stone buildings, constructed between 1825 and 1840, using convict labour. Wander through the site and immerse yourself in the fascinating stories of the hundreds of prisoners once housed within these walls.

As well as the prisoners’ cells, visitors can enter the original cook house, holding rooms and flogging yards. Then for a true experience of the isolation of imprisonment, step inside a solitary confinement cell. Self-guided tours can be undertaken daily and can be combined with a visit to the onsite souvenir and craft shop.

A trip to the Richmond Gaol is a must for anyone exploring Hobart and its surrounds and will reward visitors with a captivating journey into the depths of convict history.

Sturdy footwear is recommended as this is a heritage site and contains steps, loose gravel courtyard, uneven floors and narrow doorways. ​

​Richmond Gaol is open daily for self guided tours from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

For more information on the history of Richmond and the gaol, admission prices and opening times, please visit the ​Richmond Gaol website​​.​​​