Port Arthur

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Port Arthur Historic Site featuring a church or cathedral and heritage architecture

Discover the dark history of this former colonial outpost on the Tasman Peninsula, where eerie penal ruins contrast with the coastline’s superb natural beauty.

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.

Fox and Hounds Inn
Fox and Hounds Inn
3 out of 5
6789 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, TAS
The price is AU$113 per night from 5 Oct. to 5 Oct.
Situated in Port Arthur, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Long Bay Conservation Area and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Port Arthur Historic Site. Stewarts Bay State ...
3.7/5Good! (492 reviews)
Old Charmer
"Nice little stop over and convenient to lots of attractions at Port Arthur."

Reviewed on 22 May 2021

Fox and Hounds Inn
Port Arthur Motor Inn
Port Arthur Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
29 Safety Cove Road, Port Arthur, TAS
The price is AU$130 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
Situated in Port Arthur, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Stewarts Bay State Reserve and Port Arthur Historic Site. Long Bay Conservation Area and Tasman ...
4.1/5Very Good! (861 reviews)
"Older style accoomodation but clean, comfortable, and perfectly adequate for visiting the historic site and Tasman peninsula. Great food at the on site resturant at a great price. Friendly staff. A perfect base to come home to after long days exploring the area."

Reviewed on 25 Jun. 2021

Port Arthur Motor Inn
NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park
NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park
3.5 out of 5
Garden Point Road, Port Arthur, TAS
The price is AU$125 per night from 10 Oct. to 10 Oct.
Situated in the historical district, this campsite is within a 10-minute walk of Stewarts Bay State Reserve and Long Bay Conservation Area. Port Arthur Historic ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (349 reviews)
"We stayed in the safari tents. While it was cold, the heating was more than adequate. The accommodation was great."

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2021

NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park
NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park
3.5 out of 5
Garden Point Road, Port Arthur, TAS
The price is AU$125 per night from 10 Oct. to 10 Oct.
Situated in the historical district, this campsite is within a 10-minute walk of Stewarts Bay State Reserve and Long Bay Conservation Area. Port Arthur Historic ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (349 reviews)
"We stayed in the safari tents. While it was cold, the heating was more than adequate. The accommodation was great."

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2021

NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park
Bay Retreat Port Arthur
Bay Retreat Port Arthur
3.5 out of 5
229 Safety Cove Road, Port Arthur, TAS
Situated in Port Arthur, this beach cottage is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Tasman Golf Course and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Port Arthur Historic Site. Safety Cove State ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (14 reviews)
"Beautiful quiet spot in a very scenic area of port Arthur"

Reviewed on 23 Jan. 2021

Bay Retreat Port Arthur
Four Seasons Waterfront Villas
Four Seasons Waterfront Villas
4 out of 5
5732 Arthur Highway, Taranna, TAS
The price is AU$190 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Taranna cottage is within 6 mi (10 km) of Eaglehawk Neck, Tessellated Pavement and Port Arthur Lavender Farm. Port ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (172 reviews)
"A great property right on the beach, quiet and private. Lots of space and amenities."

Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2021

Four Seasons Waterfront Villas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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