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  • Address: Port Arthur Historic Site, Arthur Highway
  • Admission: Half-day pass starts at AU$30

Tasmania’s number one visitor attraction is the former convict settlement of Port Arthur, a ghostly and eerie heritage area just outside Hobart. Built to reform and rehabilitate convicts, Port Arthur was a key part of convict discipline within the Colonial system whose philosophy was "a machine for grinding rogues into honest men." Today, the site is part of the Australian Convict World Heritage Sites and UNESCO World Heritage Site listed.

Covering about 100 acres (40 hectares), the crumbling ruins of the penal settlement include the Penitentiary, the Separate Prison, the Dockyard, the Port Arthur gardens, the Coal Mines Historic Site, Cascades Female Factory and Gothic church.

The stories of Port Arthur are told in many different ways. Interactive displays tell the tragic story of the 12,500 convicts who served time here from 1830 to 1877, and after-dark ghost tours reveal the presence of the site’s many ghosts.

You don’t need to take a ghost tour to feel a shiver at Port Arthur. The site has a palpable sense of doom, despite its beautiful natural bushland and harbor setting.

Take a tour to learn more about the inmates, or join a cruise to the Isle of the Dead, the final resting place for many of the convicts.

Practical Info

Port Arthur is on the Tasman Peninsula, 60 km (37 miles) south of Hobart. The peninsula is joined to the mainland by a narrow isthmus, Eaglehawk Neck, which in convict days was patrolled by hungry guard dogs.

These days you can enjoy the scenic drive from Hobart if you’re driving, or join an organized tour to visit Port Arthur for the day.

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4-Day Tasmania East Coast Tour from Launceston: Bay of Fires, Port Arthur and Hobart

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Spend four days exploring Tasmania’s east coast highlights, from Launceston’s Cataract Gorge to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches at Wineglass Bay. ...  Read more

Location: Launceston, Australia
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $548.28

Day Trip to Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site from Hobart

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

Explore the Tasman Peninsula from both land and sea on a full-day excursion from Hobart. See the Tasman Peninsula from the water on a three-hour wilderness ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $207.33

Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

4.5 star rating: Recommended 88 Reviews

Do you enjoy historical tours? This full day tour from Hobart has been designed to allow as much time as possible to explore Port Arthur. Formerly a convict ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.21

Tasmania Super Saver: Hobart Sightseeing Coach Tram Tour plus Port Arthur Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Over two days, enjoy a half-day tour of Hobart’s major city-center attractions, plus a full-day walking tour of Port Arthur! Ideal for first-time visitors to ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $115.74

Tasmania East Coast by Air Including Maria Island Tour and Cruise

Enjoy fabulous views of Tasmania’s scenic east coast as you fly north from Hobart to Wineglass Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula. Explore the historic ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $387.02

Grand Historical Port Arthur Walking Tour from Hobart

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

Set off on a full day trip from Hobart and discover Port Arthur Convict Site, Tasman National Park and the Isle of the Dead! Suitable for the whole family, ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.09

Tasmania Sightseeing Pass: See Tasmania Card

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

See Tasmania and beyond with a See Tasmania Card or Five in One Attraction Pass. It's the smart travel companion for every visitor to Tasmania. You can choose ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $155.73

Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Take a walk into the past at the Port Arthur Historic Site! With a two-day pass to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll go on a guided walking tour, have ...  Read more

Location: Port Arthur, Australia
Duration: 2 Consecutive days

From USD $32.25

Port Arthur Ghost Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Take a lantern-lit ghost tour of the Port Arthur Historic Site, one of the most haunted locations in Australia! Hear spooky tales about this UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: Port Arthur, Australia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.04

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