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Port Arthur
Port Arthur

Port Arthur

Open 9am to dusk
Port Arthur Historic Site, Arthur Highway, Hobart, 7182

The Basics

Journey back in time on a tour of Port Arthur and explore the vast ruins of the penal settlement, including the Penitentiary, Separate Prison, Dockyard, Port Arthur gardens, Coal Mines Historic Site, Cascades Female Factory, and Gothic church. Prebook a 2-day pass or take a private or small-group tour that leaves from Hobart, often combined with other regional highlights, such as a scenic cruise around Tasman Peninsula, a cliff-top walk to Waterfall Bay, or a Hobart city tour. Two-day entrance tickets to Port Arthur include a guided walking tour, a harbour cruise, and access to all sites, except the Isle of the Dead and Point Puer, for which guided tours are extra.

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Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart
Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart
USD203.54 per adult
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Fabulous scenery....
Fabulous scenery. Whales,seals. What a morning. Crew were very knowledgeable about all aspects of the rock formations and landscape. The afternoon at Port Arthur was great. Very tasty lunch followed by guided tour with free tome to wander after that. Good value for money tour
Stephen_A, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Hobart

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Fabulous scenery....
Stephen_A, May 2022
Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart
Fabulous scenery. Whales,seals. What a morning. Crew were very knowledgeable about all aspects of the rock formations and landscape. The afternoon at Port Arthur was great. Very tasty lunch followed by guided tour with free tome to wander after that. Good value for money tour
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Brilliant
Gavin_S, May 2022
Port Arthur Full-day Guided Tour with Harbour Cruise and Tasman National Park
Port Arthur obviously , and history delivered by the staff in buggies Our tour guide Carmel was absolutely fantastic and we would ensure that when we book another tour with your company we ask for her.she is an asset.
star-5
Enjoyable tour
Heather_R, May 2022
Port Arthur Full-day Guided Tour with Harbour Cruise and Tasman National Park
Lovely day experiencing the world of 1800’s Port Arthur. So much to see and take in. Our guide was very knowledgeable throughout the tour. Enjoyed my day
star-5
Salamanca and Port Arthur stunning trip with Gray Line
Tony_M, May 2022
Port Arthur Historic Site on Saturday including Salamanca Market
Perfect shopping time at market followed by awesome and informative tour to Port Arthur. Tim was a fantastic guide with Gray Line. Really tailored the experience to make every person in our group feel valued and left us excited to return to Tassie to do even more.
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Amazing History
JEILI_T, May 2022
Port Arthur, Richmond & Tasman Peninsula Active Day Tour
Tour was amazing, tour guide very informative, great walk from waterfall park to tasman arch. Port Arthur so much histpry and is very surreal,alot of walking bit worth it. Richmond good little english townwith a lot of history too,scallop pies to go from hete.
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Great day out to Port Arthur
Daniel_M, May 2022
Port Arthur Express Shuttle
We had a fantastic trip to Port Arthur. Mark was very knowledgeable and kept the bus entertained along the way. It was a very enjoyable day.
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The wonderful tour guide...
Angelina_G, Apr. 2022
Port Arthur and Lavender Active Day Tour
The wonderful tour guide the wonderful places I saw . From the delicious lavender farms ice cream the bright lavenders , port Arthur magical convict history . It’s a must to go to port Arthur when your in Hobart and why not do it in style on a tour .
star-4
Well done
TRANLAM_N, Apr. 2022
Port Arthur and Tassie Devils Active Day Tour from Hobart
Port Arthur Historical Site. Presenter was well organised. Full of knowledge about the place. It was great to learnt more about the history.
star-5
Our favourite tour with Viator and we did a few. Exceptional service as always with Viator. Thank you so much.
Robyn_M, Apr. 2022
Port Arthur Historic Site on Saturday including Salamanca Market
A wonderful day - very comfy trip highlighted by our drivers very Informative commentary. Port Arthur such a beautiful peaceful place despite its history. Can’t recommend this tour highly enough.
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Spectacular Cruise
Tracy_R, May 2022
Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart
WOW..WOW…WOW, this cruise was just spectacular of the Southern Tasman Coastline, from the 300 meter cliffs to the caves were just amazing to witness. The guides Tim and Luke were wonderful, they were both so informative and just made our day perfect. Doing Port Arthur after an excellent lunch in the afternoon just topped off an awesome day. I highly recommend this tour, trust me it’s a memory that will last you a lifetime.
star-4
Fascinating Port Arthur Experience
EMANUEL_D, Apr. 2022
Port Arthur Express Shuttle
The absolutely gorgeous day and side trip to Devils kitchen/Tasman Arch. Port Arthur site was fascinating. An extra hour to look around after walking tour would've been great though. A bit rushed at the end.
star-5
Really interesting place
Phoebe_E, Feb. 2022
Full-Day Port Arthur Historic Site Tour and Admission Ticket
Port Arthur is an amazing place with such an interesting history. There is so much to see, and I feel I gained a new appreciation for the convict history of the area. The tour was a very convenient way to get between Hobart and the historic site.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Port Arthur historic site is spread across 100 acres (40 hectares), so plan at least a half-day visit.

  • Facilities at Port Arthur include a visitor center, restrooms, gift shop, and cafe/restaurant.

  • Cell phone coverage is limited at Port Arthur, but free Wi-Fi is available on-site.

  • Bring sunscreen, comfortable shoes, a raincoat, and plenty of water if you plan on taking a walking tour—weather can change quickly at the open-air site.

  • Most of the Port Arthur historic site is wheelchair accessible, and a shuttle buggy service is available for those with limited mobility.

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How to Get There

Port Arthur is located on the Tasman Peninsula, 37 miles (60 kilometers) south of Hobart. Public buses run from the city, and it’s a 1.5-hour drive along the scenic Arthur Highway, crossing Eaglehawk Neck, the narrow isthmus that joins the peninsula to the mainland. The closest airport is in Hobart.

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When to Get There

Port Arthur is open year-round, although hours are extended in summer. The summer season (December to February) is busy so it’s best to arrive early to avoid crowds. Visiting out of season is generally quieter, but be prepared for changeable weather and less frequent tours.

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Port Arthur Tours

The stories of Port Arthur are told in different ways. Interactive displays tell the tragic story of the 12,500 convicts who served time from 1830 to 1877, while after-dark ghost tours explore the site’s haunted buildings. Optional guided tours visit the Isle of the Dead, the final resting place for many of the convicts, and the Point Puer boys’ prison, an experimental prison that housed around 3,000 young boys between 1834 and 1849.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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