Penitentiary Tours

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There was once a time when visiting Port Arthur was akin with a sentence to death. Isolated on a scenic peninsula and facing the Tasman Sea, the famous and feared Port Arthur Penitentiary was where the worst of the worst of Britain’s convicts were sent to live out their days. Though not all convicts were sentenced to death, the harsh working conditions and manual labor were enough to drive convicts to literal insanity and commit murder for an early, death sentence exit.

For all of its grisly history, however, Port Arthur today is a sprawling historic site that’s been restored and preserved as the best example of Australia’s convict past. At the iconic Penitentiary building, gaze upon the concrete ruins where 480 convicts and prisoners spent days filled with toil and misery. The penitentiary ruins are rumored to be haunted, and with the eerie, watchful, and abandoned exterior that the penitentiary exudes, it’s an historic, authentic representation of the darker days of Port Arthur.

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The Penitentiary building is just one part of the larger Port Arthur Historic Site. Mass renovations in 2014 retained the structural integrity, and the building lives on as an iconic landmark for the area’s convict past.
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Address: Champ St, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
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Hours: Daily 9:30am-5:00pm
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Admission: $35 Adult, $16 Child
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Day Trip to Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site from Hobart

Experience the Tasman Peninsula by both land and sea on this day trip from Hobart that includes a 3-hour cruise along the coast of Tasman National Park. Gaze up at towering sea cliffs, look for wildlife like falcons and seals, and learn about the peninsula’s ecosystem. Then visit the World Heritage–listed Port Arthur Historic Site for an in-depth look at Australia’s penal history at this former convict colony. Lunch is included.
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Tasmania Super Saver: Hobart Sightseeing Coach Tram Tour plus Port Arthur Tour

See Hobart’s major sights and visit one of Tasmania’s most important historical destinations on this Super Saver that combines two bestselling tours into one 2-day sightseeing experience at a discounted price. On Day 1, get to know Hobart on a city tour by historical coach tram that takes in sights like Battery Point, the Cascade Brewery and Rosny Hill. Then visit World Heritage–listed Port Arthur Historic Site for a guided walking tour of this former convict colony on the Tasman Peninsula. It’s an ideal combo for first-time Hobart visitors.  
  • Duration: 2 days
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Grand Historical Port Arthur Walking Tour from Hobart

Explore Port Arthur Historic Site, part of the World Heritage–listed Australian Convict Sites, on a day trip from Hobart. On a guided walking tour of the grounds, learn about the site’s history as a penal colony, check out ruins and restored buildings, and admire the coastal scenery that highlights the natural beauty of the Tasman Peninsula. Plus, take a cruise to Isle of the Dead for a walking tour of this prison cemetery. 
  • Duration: 8 hours
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