Tour code: 3998_774
Visit Port Arthur Historic Site, part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Australian Convict Sites, on this day trip from Hobart. If you’re a history buff, this is the tour for you, as it’s been designed to provide as much time as possible to explore Port Arthur in one day. On a guided walking tour of the grounds, learn about the site’s history as a convict colony, visit ruins and restored buildings, and admire the coastal scenery that highlights the natural beauty of the Tasman Peninsula. A 30-minute cruise is included.


  • Enjoy this comprehensive full-day tour to Port Arthur
  • Take a walking tour around the landscaped grounds with more than 30 buildings and ruins
  • Learn about the history of this former convict colony and World Heritage site
  • Relax on a 30-minute Carnarvon Bay cruise to admire the coast of Tasman National Park
  • Hotel pickup from centrally located Hobart hotels

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What You Can Expect

Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

Port Arthur

Your day trip to Port Arthur Historic Site starts with the drive from Hobart, crossing the Tasman Bridge to leave the city and head to the Tasman Peninsula. Sights you’ll see along the way include Pitwater Causeway, the Forestier Peninsula, Eaglehawk Neck and Norfolk Bay.

When you arrive, embark on a guided walking tour of this former seaside penal colony, once home to the most serious criminals of the time, where more than 30 restored buildings and ruins are available to explore. See sites like the penitentiary, a former granary and flour mill, the separate prison, the Commandant’s House and the church, and learn about the history of the settlement, which dates back to the 1830s, and the brutal living conditions for the convicts via interpretive and interactive presentations.

Then set off on a 30-minute cruise on Carnarvon Bay to admire the natural beauty of this somber World Heritage–listed site. From the water, admire the scenery of Tasman National Park with its rugged coastline, see the Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen, and circle around the Isle of the Dead.

Lunch is not included but can be purchased at Port Cafe, at the entrance to the Port Arthur Visitor Center, or at Felons, a sit-down restaurant. Both offer a selection of sandwiches, hot food and drinks. Your day trip ends with the return drive to Hobart.

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Customer Reviews

Mrs Coral A H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I am sure I have already rated this trio! However to repeat, it was excellent. A great day tour of Port Arthur, the isle of the dead and the Tasman Gorge. Very good driver full of both information and jokes. A great day out.

Philip M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Very good driver/guide and very interesting place. Definitely a MUST for all Hobart visitors.

Luca V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Lovely place!

Sally F I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was an excellent day. The driver, John, was articulate and informed, punctual and charming. The site has been beautifully maintained and is very well present. The highlight of our stay in the Hobart area.

Brig. Brian W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

An excellent tour with good guides and commentarties all day. The scenery and antique buiding were something to behold and will stay in out memory forever.

Rein B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Port Arthur was bigger and better than we expected. John, our bus driver, was one of the best tour guides we've had.

Paul M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The Tour Guide Zoran was excellent.

Larry C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

plenty of time to see all of the prison

Harold H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

very rewarding experience

Margaret S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

All was very good guide John new his stuff had a great day

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