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

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

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 cruise, then spend three hours at Port Arthur Historic Site. Gain invaluable insights from your interpretive guides on this Tasman Peninsula day tour, which includes morning tea and lunch.


  • Enjoy a 3-hour wilderness and wildlife eco-cruise along the spectacular coastline of Tasman National Park
  • Explore the spectacular Jurassic Dolerite sea cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula, carved by the power of the Southern Ocean
  • See towering cliff faces and enter deep sea caves
  • Watch dolphins and seals swim among the waves
  • Explore Port Arthur Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover the convict and penal past

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What You Can Expect

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

Port Arthur Historic Site

Board the tour bus in Hobart and enjoy a scenic drive along the coast to the Tasman Peninsula. After morning tea at a local cafe (included), transfer to a three-hour wilderness cruise along the Tasman National Park coastline, from Eaglehawk Neck to Port Arthur.

From the boat, admire the highest vertical sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere, visit sea caves and see cliff-nesting peregrine falcons. The boat features covered open-air tiered seating so everyone gets a good all-round view, improving your chances of maybe spotting whales, seabirds, seals and dolphins swimming at the bow of the boat. The interpretive guides will shed light on the peninsula’s ecosystems, wildlife and history.

Back on dry land, enjoy lunch (included), before spending three hours at the World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site. Feel the spooky atmosphere at this former penal colony set in landscaped grounds, and hear tales from the site’s convict days as you tour the evocative ruins, which include the guard tower, church and main penitentiary.

The trip back to Hobart departs at around 4.30pm, arriving in the city at around 6pm.

Customer Reviews

Christine H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Loved the scenery and all the tour components went smoothly. I have recommended it to all my friends.

Tanya L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Beautiful scenery,speed ride on the boat was fun good information about the site during our trip. A must to do activity. Port Arthur was very interesting site to see.

Vanja Radisic Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Wow! That's all I am going to say. Best boat ride we were on - it felt like going back in time, surrounded by those ancient caves and rocks. Port Arthur is impressive, and much larger than we thought. An hour longer would be ideal. Guided walk wasn't great - don't wait for it, just go your own way info is everywhere, read it yourself. Very happy with lunch arrangements.

Claes-Goran N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015


Karen Bauer M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Wonderful scenery, exciting boat ride, very informative commentary from our guide.

Tracey C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

this trip was fantastic, everything was organised to a 't''. The boat trip was informative and very interesting, We went on a really cold day and it was fine with the extra rain suits that the staff gave us. They have beanies and gloves on hand for anyone who needs them as well. The boat staff are lovely and very approachable. So Don't let the weather put you off. Port Arthur was so interesting and the included lunch was really yummy, fudge included! The bus driver was helpful and really knew his local history.

Larry F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had an excellent adventure on the boat with a very good guide, and it was topped off with the most interesting historic tour.

Nitin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Simply Amazing tour, I would recommend this

israel125 Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The most fun of the trip! I could not fault the cruise. We had cold and wet weather on our cruise with rain, hail and even snow! But we were prepared, with thermals. But regardless - we were well catered for with the offer of gloves, beanies and the full length rain jackets. Damo, the guide, seemed rough around the edges at first. But as soon as we started he was an absolute champion, with a power of information about the geology, geography and widlife. He delievered it with the perfect amount of dry humour - which kept the moral high considering the conditions.

A good tip is to sit up the front. They do warn you that you may get seasick, with the waves being more pronounced up front, but with seasick tablets, and the offer of ginger tablets it's worth the risk. We had 4/5 meter swells, and normally this would be fairly hairy to contend with, but the 3 x 200hp motor power speedboat it handles the whole thing with ease and confort. They get in really close to the cliffs and even go into a couple of caves, in the boat!

The second part of the trip was not as thrilling as the speedboat cruise, but it was equally as interesting. We arrived at Port Arthur at 1pm, with our lunch waiting. The food was more than enough, with a great salmon roll we had the choice of chicken, vegetarian or salmon, along with several other bit and bites.

Port Arthur was essentilly self-guided, but you can join a walking tour which we did, and a boat cruise. We only made the walking tour, which was enough to get a good history of the place. We finished that and wandered around. I though the silent 'ward' was the coolest. Inlcuding the building and it's history.

I can highly recommend this tour to everyone! It's a must do! And it will give you the best impression of Tasmania! Especially Eaglehawk. I now want to move there!

Catherine R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

If you only do one tour in Hobart this is the tour to do. Highly recommend could not fault it at all . We will be doing this again on our next visit to Hobart.

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