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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

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What You Can Expect

Day Trip to Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site from Hobart

Port Arthur Historic Site

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.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our trip to Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur was a very enjoyable day.
The day began with Phil our Bus Driver who filled us in on what would be seeing during the day and the local information as we made our way to Pirates Cove where we would stop for a morning tea break .After the morning tea stop we boarded the bus for a short journey to the wharf where we meet the boat .
The boat was crewed by Tim Skipper and Damien they were very professional in the way they made sure everyone was aware of all things related to safety whilst on the journey. On our way to Tasman Island we made various stops along the way for photo's of places of interest the boat was manovered so every one mad a chance to get some photo's . As we moved further down the coast towards Tasman Island we were told to look out for Whales sure enough there was Whales ,Seals and Dolphins spotted plus a mixture of different seabirds.
When we arrived at Tasman Island we stopped for sort time to take photo's and to get some history on the Island before heading back to Pirates Cove along the way the crew handed out some snacks .
On arrival back at Pirates Cove we boarded the bus for the journey to Port Arthur on arrival we had a very nice lunch which was part of the tour before joining a 45 minute guided tour of the Historical Site .We could then stroll through the site for the remainder of our three hours making sure to leave time to shop for souvenirs before rejoining the bus for the return to Hobart. A very enjoyable day and many thanks to Phil ,Tim and Damien

Maggie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The boat trip was amazing. All staff were so friendly and informative. I'd recommend this tour operator and do another trip with them if I ever come back to Hobart. Fantastic day!

Natalie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Absolutely amazing experience!! Breath taking! The coat was great since it was sooo cold! Definitely the highlight of our Tasmanian vacation.

Robyn Elizabeth E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

just the best tour i have ever done . a must do, thanks . Rob/Lance


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

boat trip was fantastic , we saw lot of wild animal like seals, dolphins, it was the experience that can not be missed.

Gillian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

All I can say is amazing. Great trip highly recommend.

Karlene B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This trip was fantastic - the airboat ride around the majestic cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula was amazing and visiting Port Arthur was very interesting. Only one problem - the boat was full and the gentleman lecturing about the area spoke so that only the front passengers could hear him. He always came back when asked a question, but it was disappointing to miss so much of the discourse.Everyone involved was very friendly and made sure we were all comfortable and we had plenty of time to see everything. It was absolutely a day well spent! If you go, just don't be afraid to let them know if you can't hear what they are saying!

Ken C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a really wonderful day out. The weather was good and the sea calm, the guide and commentary were excellent - he was very knowledgable and could tell us all about the geology, flora and fauna that we sailed past. We were lucky enough to see a shoal/school? of blue finned tuna leaping from the water with albatros circling overhead. Also saw seals basking in the sunshine on the rocks. Port Arthur very interesting historic site unfortunately the guide there did talk for too long meaning that there was not a lot of time to wander round afterwards but a thoroughly enjoyable trip.

David W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great trip, do not miss!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent, could have done with more time at Port Arthur

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