We have started to
travel around Hobart on day jaunts a bit now. The stone bridge
above in Richmond about 20 minutes NE of Hobart was built in 1823 and
was the first road bridge in Australia. It is still in daily use.
The land here was shaped by continental drift, upheaval, subsidence and
glacial activity. The main rock formation here is dolerite, an
igneous rock found in huge sheets only in Tasmania, Antarctica and South
Africa. The hard rock gives the Tasmanian Coastline its unique
shape. The broad areas shown below are rift valleys.
They are surrounded on either side by steep terrain. It is almost
impossible to capture digitally what our eyes are taking in, but
hopefully these photos will convey a little bit of what we see as we
This site was last updated 12/10/07