5/5 - Excellent
Verified traveler12 Oct. 2019
Unique and fascinating part of Tasmania. So much preserved history and well considered representations of times past.
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.
Ports, Historical Buildings and Tour
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Verified traveler10 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.