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  • The Richmond Park Boathouse

    Attractions: Richmond

    The little town of Richmond now has a very special attraction that deserves to be added to anyone's list of "must-do" things in the area - a row boat ride on the Coal River. The Richmond Park Boathouse office located in a very green park off the main street is where you start off for your trip. There are numerous options - ours was a boat ride including a hamper for a picnic plus small bottles of sparkling wine. You can also just hire a row boat. The boat we chose was the Huon pine dingy, perfect for a romantic picnic, and with a comfy seat.

    First we rowed downstream then back up to the famous Richmond Bridge. Here we moored and opened the hamper and the bottles for a wonderfully generous picnic and like Ratty said in the Wind in the Willows, there was "bread-butter-salad-cheese-salami-coldchicken-coldham-chutney" followed by a huge date loaf. Here we sat below the bridge watching the ducks - it was just like a scene from "Wind in the Willows", the book's glorious description of the river could well have been describing this wonderful place.

    Once you've returned your boat, you can stretch your legs and hire a bike to go touring around the town or the immediate vicinity. You can even hire special picnic bikes complete with a picnic hamper from the Richmond Park Boathouse office. The farm gate gourmet picnic produce menu varies, with wine and cheese, barbeques, Tasmanian Berries and Ice cream, Tasmanian Seafood and luncheons on offer, all of which can also be enjoyed beside the river bank or at a local vineyard.

    Where Is it?: 58 Bridge Street, Richmond, Tasmania, 7025

    Phone: 0405 266 311 or 03 6260 1099