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A moving reminder of Australia’s harrowing history, the former convict settlement of Port Arthur was a key part of often brutal convict discipline within the colonial system. Today, the Port Arthur historic site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Tasmania’s most visited tourist attraction, with museums and memorials devoted to telling the area’s history.

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.

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.  

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.

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.  

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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Address: Port Arthur Historic Site, Arthur Highway, Hobart 7182, Australia
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Hours: Open 9am to dusk
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Admission: Adults: AU$39
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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.
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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.
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Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay

See the top attractions of the Tasman Peninsula on a full-day tour from Hobart. Take in towering sea cliffs, rock formations including Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen, and more as you explore the natural wonders along the coast. Next, discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site, an infamous 19th-century penal colony with a fascinating history. Finally, stroll through the pretty streets of Richmond Village before returning to Hobart.
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Hobart Shore Excursion: Port Arthur Shuttle

When you arrive in Hobart on your cruise ship, take this convenient shuttle to the Port Arthur Historic Site. Spend approximately 4-hours at Port Arthur, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you learn about the convict history of Tasmania. Depending on the option selected, your excursion may or may not include the admission fee to Port Arthur. If not, you will be required to pay the operator on arrival at the vehicle, either in cash or by card. There will be opportunities (Cruise Ship departure times and weather permitting) to experience a short scenic helicopter flight over Port Arthur Penitentiary and surrounding countryside, or a visit to the nearby Unzoo (Tasmanian Devil Park), at own expense.
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Private Port Arthur Historic Site Day Trip from Hobart

Take a deep dive into the history of Port Arthur on this private tour from Hobart. Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary as you explore the town and the Tasman Peninsula, including the Blowhole, the Devils Kitchen, Tasmans Arch, and the Pirates Bay Lookout.
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Small-Group Tasmania Convict Trail and Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart

Discover Australia’s dark past and learn the truths of its fascinating convict history on this full-day tour to Port Arthur from Hobart. Get a glimpse into 19th-century Tasmania at Port Arthur, with a guided walking tour and a harbor cruise around the UNESCO-listed penal settlement. Next, follow the notorious Tasmania Convict Trail, stopping at historic towns like Doo Town and Richmond, home to Australia’s first convict-built bridge. This small-group tour is limited to 14 people for a personalized experience.
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Small-Group Day Trip from Hobart to Port Arthur

Learn about Tasmania's convict history and natural beauty on a full-day tour to the Port Arthur Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll also visit the historic village of Richmond, and see landmarks of the Tasman Peninsula such as Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen and the Blowhole. Includes entrance fees, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Port Arthur, Richmond and Tasman Peninsula Day Trip from Hobart

Take in the highlights of the Tasman Peninsula on this full-day small-group tour from Hobart, including hotel pick-up. Learn about the island’s convict past with a walking tour and boat cruise around Port Arthur, then admire the colonial architecture of historic Richmond. After spotting natural landmarks like the Devil's Kitchen, Tasman Arch and Waterfall Bay in the Tasman National Park, finish with an indulgent chocolate tasting at the Federation Chocolate Factory.
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The Australia Multi-City Attractions Pass allows you to visit top attractions throughout Australia at a great savings. Choose from five, seven or ten tickets to be loaded onto a smartcard, which you then use for easy entry to the best attractions in Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and destinations throughout Tasmania. You have an entire three months to use your tickets from the date of card activation. Use your tickets all in one city, or spread them over as many cities as you like, and save up to 40% on regular admission prices.
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Make the most of your time in Hobart without breaking the bank on this great combo deal: three fascinating day tours, complete with guide and hotel or hostel transfers. Immerse in Tasmania’s convict history at Port Arthur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; soak up modern art at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and sweeping views on Mt. Wellington; and discover Bruny Island’s rich wildlife and delicious produce.
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Explore Tasmania on an 8-day tour that visits stunning beaches, national parks, and cultural sites around the island. Highlights include wilderness rich destinations such as the West Coast, Cradle Mountain, Wineglass Bay, Bruny Island, and Mt Wellington, and cultural sites such as Port Arthur and MONA museum. Save time and money on a tour that includes accommodation, most entrance fees, transportation, and a guide to facilitate your journey.
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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. 
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7-Day Best of Tasmania: Bruny Island, Cradle Mountain, Wineglass Bay, Port Arthur

Get the total Tasmanian experience on this 7-day tour from Hobart. Visit the island highlights including Bruny Island, Port Arthur, the wild East Coast, and others. Entrance fees, round-trip transport from Hobart, and six nights' accommodation included.
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