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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. 


  • Explore the Port Arthur convict colony on this historical tour from Hobart
  • Learn about the history of this UNESCO World Heritage site
  • See more than 30 restored buildings and ruins that date back to the 1830s, such as the prison, the Commandant's House and the church
  • Take a cruise on Carnarvon Bay to Isle of the Dead
  • Hotel pickup and drop off available

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What You Can Expect

Grand Historical Port Arthur Walking Tour from Hobart

Grand Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

Your day trip to Port Arthur Historic Site begins with the drive from Hobart, passing by the Royal Botanic Gardens and Government House on your way out of the city. Cross the Tasman Bridge and head to the Tasman Peninsula, passing by sights like Pitwater Causeway, the Forestier Peninsula, Eaglehawk Neck, Pirates Bay and Norfolk Bay.

When you arrive at Port Arthur, start your guided walking tour of this former convict settlement, once home to the most serious criminals of the time, where more than 30 ruins and restored buildings are available to explore. You’ll learn about the history of the remote seaside colony, which dates back to the 1830s, and the brutal living conditions for the convicts as you see sites like the penitentiary, a former granary and flour mill, the separate prison, the Commandant’s House and the church.

Then set off on a cruise across Carnarvon Bay to Isle of the Dead, where you’ll disembark for a 45-minute guided tour of the island, a cemetery where those who died at Port Arthur were buried. Your cruise also allows you to soak up the natural beauty of this somber World Heritage–listed site; admire the scenery of Tasman National Park with its rugged coastline, and see the Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen.

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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Customer Reviews

Craig A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was wonderful! We learned some very interesting things about Port Arthur. The guides were very knowledgeable and had stories to make the history come alive! I would recommend this tour for anyone!

Christine Bryson Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


Kaisa H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The tour was really good, there's lots to see and are given ample time to fit it all in.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This was a fantastic opportunity to experience the history of a place like Port Arthur. The tour from the moment of pickup through to delivery back to the hotel was professional and courteous. The tour driver was A being both knowledgeable and friendly.
Port Arthur itself is wonderful. So much to see and experience. If history is your thing then this is the one tour you must take

Gillian F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

I really enjoyed this tour, it's a great way to see Port Arthur. The bus driver was informative on the drive down and gave advice on the 'must sees' which helped to work out where to go first. Don't miss the Separate Prison and the Commandants House which have restored and give a good example the life at Port Arthur. The walking tour of the Isle of the Dead was also a great way to hear more about the convicts and their lives.

David C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Thanks for a great tour, we enjoyed whole day, but we just couldn't take it all in, in one day.

Deirdre P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Very interesting and informative

Joanne G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Due to the bushfires we were unable to take our much anticipated trip to Port Arthur. However the tour organisers transferred us to another day trip at no extra cost. We were very impressed with this service.

Kathleen G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Delightful, informative tour. A great day.

DougC Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

Weather was great, Tour was great!
Tasman Arch and Devil's Kitchen were worthwhile extras. Isle of the Dead tour and tales most interesting.

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