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Excellent tour - bus trip interesting and informative, Port Arthur tour excellent, plenty of time to explore on your own. ! didn't expect Port Arthur to be so beautiful - some lovely gardens and impressive buildings. I learnt a great deal - there were 'horrors, but there was also a rehabilitation program of training in trades. Very interesting and enjoyable day.
The bus trip to Port Arthur was very informative and relaxing. Port Arthur is a national treasure. After the initial talk by the guide we were left to explore on our own. What a memorable and beautiful place. Thank you Tasmania for looking after our heritage so well. I think schools should send their classes there to to appreciate our own history.
Mostly self-guided but a gorgeous setting, so much history and the terrific weather was a nice benefit!
Port Arthur was absolutely amazing. I went 30 years ago and the change in the reconstructed buildings was extraordinary. The trip out there by bus was good with a stop at some other sights. We chose not to do the cruise as we wanted to spend more time at Port Arthur so I really liked the flexibility. Overall well worth the trip and great to be transported so we could relax.
This is a good one...get to know the history, which is really amazing!!! I wish iIhave more time there...
Took our 5 year grandson with us and we all enjoyed the experience. We didn't do the walking tour but made our own way around. The driver was very informative and they had arranged an earlier bus for the ship customers so go back on time.
My husband and I both loved this tour. We're not huge history buffs but thought we should visit Port Arthur while we were in Hobart. This is a must see for all Australians. It's a fascinating tour through history,
The bus was early picking us up from our hotel. The driver was funny and very knowledgable and it was quite a quick trip to Port Arthur.
The grounds are simply stunning and the walking tours (incl in your ticket price) are very informative. The tour leaves you to explore at your own pace which we really enjoyed.
My advice would be to spend a little less time in the visitor centre and a little more time exploring the grounds. Walking tours leave every half hour and you don't have to go on the 11.30 tour which is assigned to you. It may be better to go on an earlier walking tour so that you have more time to explore the grounds or go on a cruise out to one of the islands (this costs extra).
Port Arthur is an absolute must see if you are in Tasmania!
I really enjoyed the trip to Port Arthur and it was very well organised. Collection from the hotel was great, sitting back and relaxing the scenic journey on the way was better than driving myself, and I felt the price was very good for the day. No negative feedback :)
Guides were passionate and knowledgeable. An incredible experience!
This was a great experience, a must do for everyone. I liked the flexibility you could either be part of a tour, or just go off and do your own thing-great.
This is one of the best trips i have ever taken, starting with a friendly and interesting coach driver. The scenery stops along the way were a good idea and most welcome for a first time visitor to the region. I would ask that the time spent at Port Arthur itself be extended by another hour or 90 mins as i did not get to take in everything, and there is much more to see and read than i had thought. I'm sure getting back to Hobart at 6 or 6.30 pm is no big difference to day trippers.
Fantastic tour rich in history with very good guide.
The tour driver was prompt, entertaining and informative. The tour guide at Port Arthur was also fantastic and had the ability to transform the place using imagination. The whole experience was educational and quite moving. Port Arthur is spectacular and was the highlight of my trip to Tasmania.
Love the history and would like to remain the ruin as it is.
The driver and guides were very helpful and provided any info requested.
The tour was fine...instead of going with the mob go to the various houses etc and talk to the people there,they are far more interesting.The boat trip wasn't necessary except for photos looking back on Port Arthur.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour would recommend it 100. Our driver was good and gave a lot of information about the area to us.
The tour was well organised. The driver was friendly and knowledgable. The time spent at Port Arthur was sufficient. It was worthwhile. Thank you.
We needed another half-hour to walk around but this tour was excellent because we were able to do it on our own. The driver gave us a hint on where to begin and we took off. Wish a few other houses were open but what houses were available to enter were highly interesting. Seeing the prison was a highlight but we joked that every time we visit a place, something was always be repaired.
The tour combined just the right amount of flexibility so that people could go and explore at their own pace while offering a suggested timetable for activities. The coach driver was very knowledgeable and friendly. Well organised and fun outing.
Port Arthur is a wonderful place, well worth seeing. Disappointed there were major construction works being undertaken when I visited but that's life. The Derwent River Cruise was a selling point for this tour but didn't deliver. The twenty minute circle out from the jetty didn't allow me to see anything I couldn't have seen from dry land. Would go on the tour again for Port Arthur but I wouldn't waste my time with the cruise.
The bus driver was wonderful and had a great knowledge of the area. Be warned though - this tour doesn't give you enough time to see all of Port Arthur. You arrive about 11am and a walking tour starts at 11.45 - don't miss it, it is brilliant! There is a cruise around the bay at 1.00pm with an optional (and is an additional payment) for the Isle of the Dead Tour (40 mins). Then you need to be on the bus at 3pm. Obviously, you need to eat lunch sometime between 11-3. All that said though, I would go again.