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.
Tasman Peninsula day trip from Hobart
Enjoy a 3-hour eco-cruise along the spectacular coastline of Tasman National Park
Admire towering cliff faces and enter deep sea caves
See the Jurassic Dolerite sea cliffs, carved by the power of the Southern Ocean
Watch dolphins and seals swim among the waves
Explore Port Arthur Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage site
Discover the history of the former convict colony
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
This longer-than-most tour includes ample time to experience both attractions.
Your day trip begins as you depart Hobart by bus for the drive to the Tasman Peninsula. Stop by a local cafe for morning tea, and then embark on your 3-hour wilderness cruise along the coastline of Tasman National Park, from Eaglehawk Neck all the way around to Port Arthur. While you’re on the water, stare up at some of the southern hemisphere’s tallest vertical sea cliffs, spot sea caves and watch for peregrine falcons nesting on the rugged coastline. From the boat’s open-air tiered seating, everyone can enjoy good views, increasing your chances of catching sight of marine life like seals, dolphins, seabirds and maybe even whales. You’ll also hear about Tasman Peninsula’s history, native wildlife and natural environment from the onboard interpretive guide. Returning to land, enjoy an included lunch before your tour continues to Port Arthur Historic Site, part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Australian Convict Sites. You have three hours at this former penal settlement to dive into Australia’s convict history. Explore the many old structures and ruins that dot the landscaped grounds, from the penitentiary building and guard tower to a church. Your day trip concludes with the return drive to Hobart.
The journey round Tasman Island was one of the most exciting boat trips that I have ever enjoyed, while the visit to Port Arthur was both dignified and informative as regards such aspects of the penal settlement as solitary confinement and also the 1996 tragedy.
I read the reviews saying that the boat ride is rough but I thought 'maybe the reviewer is just soft, I'm an experienced traveler, I'll be fine'. And I suppose I was fine, thanks to the heavy-duty anti-motion sickness pill I took, but I still felt very uncomfortable! And some of the other passengers (who didn't think to bring heavy-duty pills - they hand out ginger pills on the boat, but they don't do much) were not fine!
That said, I did see some amazing things on the boat trip, including a whale! And I enjoyed Port Arthur, where I had plenty of time. And the trip was very well organised.
very good timing and arrangement.
The 3-hour eagle cruise trip is perfect with an eventful tour route along the coast. We are glad that a waterproof raincoat is provided on the boat to resist the wind. Totally excited to witness wild dolphins in action at the open ocean!
Plenty of time was allowed to explore Port Arthur as well.
Amazing! It was a great day! Pennicot Wilderness Boat ride was somehow bumpy but not excessive to be concern, the Tasman cliffs were spectacular, we saw many sea Lions, the crew did everything necessary to show us the wild life of the area, we were fortunate to see several albatrosses that we were told it was a gift to see them, because rearly they are in the area. A must if you visit Hobart.
After lunch, we continue to Port Arthur, It as an experience to be on such a historic site!
An amazing day, even when pouring rain for half of the day. The Tasman Peninsula is incredibly beautiful and the boat trip up the coast was memorable, for the wind and rain fortunately you are provided with a full length rain coat and in spite of that, for the amazing views of the cliffs, caves and coastline and the abundance of wildlife absolutely enjoying all of the good food in this area. Lots of birds cormorants were spectacular, sea lions and schools of dolphins flying through the water - it was like watching a National Geographic special. This becomes one of those once in a lifetime experiences you will never forget.
Details were well coordinated. The Tasman cruise was the highlight of my Australian trip. The Tasman sea is raw, wild and beautiful. Tour guides were well informed and friendly. I highly recommend this trip.
One of the most amazing trips ever experienced. From the coach driver to the boat crew, from the hospitality to the historic Port Arthur site - a day full of education, adventure and inconceivable majesty of the Tasmanian landscape.
Fantastic day trip with great staff and highly recommended. If I could do it again however I would do it in two days as an afternoon is not enough to properly enjoy Port Arthur. I'd probably do the boat trip and the Devil Unzoo Day One and Port Arthur all day Day Two.