Port Arthur, Australia
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8 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English


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.
  • Enjoy this comprehensive full-day tour to Port Arthur
  • Take a walking tour around the landscaped grounds with more than 30 buildings and ruins
  • Learn about the history of this former convict colony and World Heritage site
  • Relax on a 30-minute Carnarvon Bay cruise to admire the coast of Tasman National Park
Your day trip to Port Arthur Historic Site starts with the drive from Hobart, crossing the Tasman Bridge to leave the city and head to the Tasman Peninsula. Sights you’ll see along the way include Pitwater Causeway, the Forestier Peninsula, Eaglehawk Neck and Norfolk Bay. We will take a drive through the historic town of Richmond (Oct-Apr) and make a short photo stop at the famous convict built Richmond Bridge. 
We will continue to drive through the Tasman Peninsula and observe the beautiful coastal scenery of natural bushland and native Australian.
When you arrive at Port Arthur you will have approximately 5 hours to explore this World Heritage Site. Embark on a guided walking tour of this former seaside penal colony, once home to the most serious criminals of the time, where more than 30 restored buildings and ruins are available to explore. See sites like the penitentiary, a former granary and flour mill, the separate prison, the Commandant’s House and the church, and learn about the history of the settlement, which dates back to the 1830s, and the brutal living conditions for the convicts via interpretive and interactive presentations.
Then set off on a 30-minute cruise on Carnarvon Bay to admire the natural beauty of this somber World Heritage–listed site. From the water, admire the scenery of Tasman National Park with its rugged coastline, see the Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen, and circle around the Isle of the Dead.
Lunch is not included but can be purchased at Port Cafe, at the entrance to the Port Arthur Visitor Center, or at Felons, a sit-down restaurant. Both offer a selection of sandwiches, hot food and drinks. Your day trip ends with the return drive to Hobart.


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, Jul 2018

Our guide Nigel was fantastic. He is knowledgeable, funny, and a very nice person. Everything ran on time. Port Arthur is quite interesting. I definitely recommend this tour.

, Jul 2018

Great day out. An easy drive through fantastic scenery. I didn't expect we would need so long at Port Arthur but there really is so much to see. Were there for over 4 hours and wasn't enough. Highly recommend this tour.

, Apr 2018

Lovely day with ample time to walk around Port Arthur at your own pace after a short walking tour with a guide. Driver picked us up from our hotel on time and provided us with a very informative trip to and from Port Arthur.

, Apr 2018

This tour was amazing!

, Mar 2018

Awesome Trip.Excellent Service Provided by Tour Guide

, Mar 2018

Beautiful scenic location full of history. The stories of the convict settlement and the quaint cottages that remain make this a truly magical place.

, Mar 2018

I had enjoyable few days in Hobart. after checking out the great Salamanca Markets, it is a good place to have a feed and visit the fruit market.

I was very impressed with the maritime museum of Tasmania.

The next morning I went Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. then went on a bus tour of Hobart leaving from outside the tourism office. Great did a great commentary of the sites and the Botanic gardens was a great way to finish the day.

A dinner at the New Sydney Hotel over the road from my hotel went down well.

Port Arthur tour on the Greyline bus was a very enjoyable day. We stopped at Richmond to admire the old bridge.

Port Arthur was very worth the visit. A very beautiful part of the world. An important part of the colonial history of Tasmania. How the administration of the settlement got convicts to do what they did and maintain order and discipline.You should bring good walking shoes as the site is well spread out. A must see.

It is also the site of the death of 35 people on 28 April in 1996 and there is a memorial to those who were killed.

On returning to Hobart I had a great Italian dinner at Ciuccio at Salamanca Square.

I stayed at Midcity at 96 Bathurst St which was great for convenience.

, Feb 2018

Our bus driver, Greg, didn't put out more than an average effort. It would have been more fun with a little more energy from the beginning. The site itself, and the guides on site, were great. Very knowledgeable....We added a little harbor cruise at the end, but that wasn't really anything spectacular, unless you were getting off for one of the island tours.

All in all...it was good!

, Jan 2018

Fantastic day visiting this former convict prison. The site is amazing and included in your ticket is a 30 minute guided tour and a boat trip around the bay. You have plenty of time to look around the site at your own pace which makes it all the more enjoyable. I would recommend this trip if you are interested in history.

, Jan 2018

Was far better than I thought will not disappoint... very interesting, good service, informative guide.. just good.. pity is was windy, but
Still a fantastic day.. :

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