Port ArthurAustralia

4.7/5Top Destination

Some of Tasmania’s most nightmarish tales originated in Port Arthur, a quaint village with a forbidding past perched on the tip of the Tasman Peninsula. Explore the town to find preserved relics from Australia’s brutal convict history, including the crumbling ruins of a sandstone prison, coal mines and an evocative museum. Discover the town’s dramatic coastline when you visit its geological wonders and oceanfront vistas.

The town’s key attraction is the Port Arthur Historic Site, a significant World Heritage site comprising of over 30 buildings and ruins across 100 acres (40 hectares) of landscaped estate. Established in 1830, the penal colony earned a reputation for hellish conditions over its 47 years of operation. Learn the dark tales of life as a convict as you explore solitary-confinement cells and restored period homes. Go on a cruise to the burial grounds at the Isle of the Dead, check out the Point Puer Boys Prison or return in the evening for a Ghost Tour. The museum offers an in-depth insight into the convict experience.

Port Arthur is situated amid some of Tasmania’s most striking coastal landscapes. Visit fascinating sites, such as Remarkable Cave or Crescent Bay. This sweeping arch of sand has a backdrop of immense dunes and can be reached via a pleasant walking trail from the cave. Another popular hike links two geological wonders on the coast, the Totem Pole and the Candlestick. Go on a cruise to see these fascinating “sea stacks” from the waters surrounding Cape Hauy. Snap photographs from the viewing platform at the Maingon Bay Lookout.

Outside of the township, experience more local history at the Coal Mines Historic Site. Stroll around the trails and find a series of convict relics and scenic viewpoints. Breathe in the sweet floral aroma at the Port Arthur Lavender Farm and pick up fantastic homemade lavender products.

Port Arthur is located on the southern edge of the Tasman Peninsula and is approximately 90 minutes’ drive from Hobart. The town has a range of accommodations, including holiday cottages. Add the town to your road-trip itinerary or join a tour of the magnificent peninsula.

Known for

Ports, Historical Buildings and Tour

Top hotels in Port Arthur

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Stewarts Bay Lodge
Stewarts Bay Lodge
3.5 out of 5
6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, TAS
AU$181
per night
3 Nov. - 4 Nov.

Situated in Port Arthur, this beach hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasman Golf Course and Port Arthur Lavender Farm. Isle of the ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (624 reviews)

"Loved the serenity and positioning of the cabin. Adequately fitted out eg milk, utensils etc. good idea having a torch on the door key. We found the bed covers to be quite heavy but pillow was comfy."…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2019

Stewarts Bay Lodge
Fox and Hounds Inn
Fox and Hounds Inn
3 out of 5
6789 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, TAS
AU$109
per night
22 Oct. - 23 Oct.

Situated in Port Arthur, this motel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Port Arthur Lavender Farm and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Port Arthur Historic Site. Isle of the Dead and ...

3.7/5Good! (370 reviews)

"Staff were very friendly. The villa had a stale smell. They should let guest know about their drinking water and give them a choice about bringing their own. They were generous about supplying bottled water, though"…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct. 2019

Fox and Hounds Inn
NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park
NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park
3.5 out of 5
Garden Point Road, Port Arthur, TAS
AU$117
per night
22 Oct. - 23 Oct.

Situated in Port Arthur, this campsite is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Port Arthur Historic Site and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Port Arthur Lavender Farm. Isle of the Dead ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (270 reviews)

"We highly recommend this cabin it is very nice and quiet location and not far from walks and the historic site. We will be back!"…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2019

NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park

Popular activities in Port Arthur

Port Arthur Historic Site
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Port Arthur Historic Site

4.5/5(152 reviews)

Step back into Tasmania’s past as a penal colony and learn about the lives of convicts who were sent to one of the harshest settlements in the British Empire.

Remarkable Cave
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Remarkable Cave

4.5/5(24 reviews)

You’ll soon find out why this enormous sea cave got its name when you walk through its sandstone tunnels sculpted by the pounding waves of the Tasman Sea.

Tasman National Park
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Tasman National Park

4.5/5(56 reviews)

Peer over soaring dolerite cliffs to see the rugged capes and sea stacks that notch the coast of the Tasman Peninsula or take on one of the challenging coastal hikes.

Top activities in Port Arthur

Entry Pass to the Port Arthur Historic Site
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Entry Pass to the Port Arthur Historic Site

AU$13

Choose this entry pass to explore one of Australia's most fascinating historic sites—Port Arthur. Valid for 2 consecutive days, there's plenty of time to venture through the expansive site, which includes more than 30 of Port Arthur's impressive buildings, interesting museums, and colorful gardens.

Port Arthur Shuttle Express to Historic Site
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Port Arthur Shuttle Express to Historic Site

AU$60

Thinking of visiting the world-renowned, multi-award winning Port Arthur Historic Site but don’t want to pay the big dollars for a day tour. Would you prefer to experience the site at your own pace without being in group.

Full-Day Port Arthur and Tassie Devils Active Day Tour
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Full-Day Port Arthur and Tassie Devils Active Day Tour

AU$135

Join us for a fun and action-packed day out on the Tasman Peninsula. Explore, discover and learn with our guides as we enjoy a variety of activities, walks, sightseeing, history, Tassie Devil Feeding, chocolate tasting and much more! We take an early start from Hobart and head to the stunning Tasman Peninsula, home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs.

Port Arthur Historic Site Ghost Tour
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Port Arthur Historic Site Ghost Tour

AU$75

Select this option if your group includes 2 adults and up to 6 children ages 7 to 17. Discover the spooky history of Port Arthur Historic Site with only the dim light of your lantern to guide you on this 1.5-hour ghost tour.

Full-Day Small-Group Port Arthur Experience
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Full-Day Small-Group Port Arthur Experience

AU$162

This product is exclusively for Cruise Ship passengers. It will not run when no ships are in port in Hobart. Travel from Hobart to Port Arthur, stepping back in time to discover Tasmania's history built on convicts. Explore Port Arthur's historic sites, enjoy a guided walking tour.

The Ultimate Australia Pass
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The Ultimate Australia Pass

AU$199

Explore some of Australia’s best sights and attractions across Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Tasmaniawhile saving up to 40 percent on general admission entry with the Ultimate Australia Pass.

Reviews of Port Arthur

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

12 Oct. 2019

Unique and fascinating part of Tasmania. So much preserved history and well considered representations of times past.

5/5 - Excellent

Iris

8 Oct. 2019

We visited Port Arthur at the start of our holiday.Right from the start we were blown away from the beauty and history of the area.One of our holiday highlights was the Ghost Tour at the historical site.Loved it!It's spooky but not too scary!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

4 Oct. 2019

Port Arthur convict site was great. Cant wait to go back as we didnt have enough time to see everything

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

23 Sep. 2019

Highly recommend will definitely be back.

4/5 - Good

JJ

21 Sep. 2019

Love to stay longer next time.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

10 Sep. 2019

We had a great stay, but there were many dining options on google and in our literature that turned out to be closed, on limited operating hours, or no longer in operation. The cost of eating out was, in general very expensive, even for basic meals.