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Excellent tour - recommended as a must-do if you're visiting Hobart.
We were lucky in that the weather was quite pleasant. It does get quite cold and occasionally bumpy on the cruise, but full-length rain jackets and even ginger tablets to help with seasickness are provided. Got to see seals, seabirds, dolphins and whales. Lots of opportunities to take photos no matter where on the boat you're sitting at.
Morning tea and lunch simple but filling is included with the tour, had a few snacks on the boat as well.
The time spent at Port Arthur was also sufficient - there's a walking tour and a boat cruise good for a short rest after the earlier exciting cruise. We got back to Hobart around 6:30pm the Tasman Peninsula went overtime as we spotted whales
Our trip to Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur was a very enjoyable day.
The day began with Phil our Bus Driver who filled us in on what would be seeing during the day and the local information as we made our way to Pirates Cove where we would stop for a morning tea break .After the morning tea stop we boarded the bus for a short journey to the wharf where we meet the boat .
The boat was crewed by Tim Skipper and Damien they were very professional in the way they made sure everyone was aware of all things related to safety whilst on the journey. On our way to Tasman Island we made various stops along the way for photo's of places of interest the boat was manovered so every one mad a chance to get some photo's . As we moved further down the coast towards Tasman Island we were told to look out for Whales sure enough there was Whales ,Seals and Dolphins spotted plus a mixture of different seabirds.
When we arrived at Tasman Island we stopped for sort time to take photo's and to get some history on the Island before heading back to Pirates Cove along the way the crew handed out some snacks .
On arrival back at Pirates Cove we boarded the bus for the journey to Port Arthur on arrival we had a very nice lunch which was part of the tour before joining a 45 minute guided tour of the Historical Site .We could then stroll through the site for the remainder of our three hours making sure to leave time to shop for souvenirs before rejoining the bus for the return to Hobart. A very enjoyable day and many thanks to Phil ,Tim and Damien
This was a great tour. Port Arthur is a very beautiful and interesting area. Our guide/bus driver was was very informative and funny. Along the way we stopped to take photos of breath taking areas. There is a short boat ride around the prison area but I didn't feel that was worth the time it took away from seeing more of the prison area.
Doing what: Port Arthur Tour from Hobart
Our experience in Hobart and the trip to Port Arthur were wonderful! Our tour guide/bus driver, Adam, was personable and relayed so much interesting history of the city to us in a way that you could tell how much he loved his home city of Hobart. The day trip to Port Arthur was also interesting and enjoyable as was the 90 minute bus drive to Port Arthur and the trip back. Our driver served us with lots of interesting information as well. We really would have stayed in Hobart/Tasmania longer had our schedule allowed for it. I would rate our tour 5 out of 5!
This tour was wonderful! We learned some very interesting things about Port Arthur. The guides were very knowledgeable and had stories to make the history come alive! I would recommend this tour for anyone!
The tours were easy to book, efficient and well worth the price. The tours were great and were completed over two days, on the first day we were shown the sites of Hobart and on Day two we were taken to Port Arthur, both tours were very informative and enjoyable, both coach drivers, one on each day, were also our guides on each day, both were pleasant, very knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful where necessary. Definitely worth the price and would gladly book using viator in the future.
This trip was fantastic - the airboat ride around the majestic cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula was amazing and visiting Port Arthur was very interesting. Only one problem - the boat was full and the gentleman lecturing about the area spoke so that only the front passengers could hear him. He always came back when asked a question, but it was disappointing to miss so much of the discourse.Everyone involved was very friendly and made sure we were all comfortable and we had plenty of time to see everything. It was absolutely a day well spent! If you go, just don't be afraid to let them know if you can't hear what they are saying!
This was a really wonderful day out. The weather was good and the sea calm, the guide and commentary were excellent - he was very knowledgable and could tell us all about the geology, flora and fauna that we sailed past. We were lucky enough to see a shoal/school? of blue finned tuna leaping from the water with albatros circling overhead. Also saw seals basking in the sunshine on the rocks. Port Arthur very interesting historic site unfortunately the guide there did talk for too long meaning that there was not a lot of time to wander round afterwards but a thoroughly enjoyable trip.
Excellent. Half day Hobart tram tour was a little rushed. Having said this we saw and learned much more of Hobart than expected if we had done on our own. We returned to several sites later in our own time. Port Arthur tour is a full day. We didn't rush around, visiting only half the site before sitting down for an awesome lunch in the cafe before boat and Isle of the dead tours. Looking forward to return visit to complete tour.
Both drivers were also our tour guides and where knowledgeable and informative with both history and local topics providing excellent commentary. Both captains cannot praise enough. Highly recommend both bus tours.
Excellent, could have done with more time at Port Arthur
a wonderful day. boat trip very exciting. saw a couple of pods of dolphins. port arthur has so much to see. will be definitely going back there.
Hobart half day sightseeing tour was very good value. We had enough time at each sight to see everything that the tour director/bus driver had mentioned in his preview.
Port Arthur Tour was a great day trip. Sue our tour director was very friendly and helpful with lots of information, this added to our enjoyment of the day. AG
This tour was fantatstic. Started off with hr bus trip, simple m/tea at quiet local shop, back in the bus and off to the boat. Boat only held 33 people, was open air speed boat type of thing and full length rain coats were supplied given you are going to get slightly wet. Was freezing out on water - rug up - even on a 25 degree day. Lots of kodak moments so take the camera. 3hr boat trip ended with very substantial lunch at Port Arthur. Guided walking tour followed about 40mins and then fee time to roam around Port Arthur before return bus trip where the driver kindly dropped off everyone to their accommodation. Long day, really worth it.
Absolutely incredible. Great boat team and we were lucky with the weather which allowed us to see parts of the coast that you cant normally get to owing to large ocean swells. Informative, fun and Port Arthur was also great in the afternoon.
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
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.
Really enjoyed both of these tours, the Tram Tour gave a great insight to what Hobart has to offer and the Port Arthur Tour was very educational and a 'must see' tour for all visitors to Tasmania
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.
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!
The Tram trip was interesting and showed far more of Hobart than we expected. The driver was knowledgeable and fun and we enjoyed the experience.
Port Arthur was also a really interesting day out. We had an initial talk by a Guide before being let loose to make our own way round the larger than anticipated site. A bit spooky in places but certainly worth a visit with lots of photo opportunities.
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