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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
  • Hotel pickup from centrally located Hobart hotels

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What You Can Expect

Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

Port Arthur

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.

When you arrive, 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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Customer Reviews

Felix L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The bus was very comfortable, and the guide's commentary was just right - enough, but not too much. The time available at Port Arthur was more than adequate, and I felt fully satisfied that I had explored the place. It is, of course, very beautiful now - which it wasn't back then, when the penal colony was in operation. Taking the tour, rather than renting a car in Hobart, took all the tension out of the trip.

Leanne F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

What a place! Recommend Port Arther to everyone. The history to this place is amazing.The guides gave a great talk while walking the grounds which were beautiful.Feel the goosebumps of the stories they tell.Ferry trip around parts of the islands were information all the time.Spend a day here it is so well worth it.

Christine S Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was excellent, plenty of time to explore Port Arthur

Kate R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A great day stopping at a couple of gorgeous viewing spots to and from Port Arthur. It was great having the free time to see everything there. The boat ride around the bay was wonderful and a great reprieve from the cold wind.

Judith L O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a great tour. Port Arthur is a very beautiful and interesting area. Our guide/bus driver was was very informative and funny. Along the way we stopped to take photos of breath taking areas. There is a short boat ride around the prison area but I didn't feel that was worth the time it took away from seeing more of the prison area.

Carolyn A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Port Arthur is incredible! The tour was very well organized with the perfect amount of time for activities. The price is amazing. 10/10 would recommend


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour guide - very informative. Enjoyed our time exploring the site. Hotel pickup and drop off was great. Would recommend this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent from start to end , even with an elderly mother in tow . Nothing was too much trouble for anyone

Mrs Coral A H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I am sure I have already rated this trio! However to repeat, it was excellent. A great day tour of Port Arthur, the isle of the dead and the Tasman Gorge. Very good driver full of both information and jokes. A great day out.

Philip M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Very good driver/guide and very interesting place. Definitely a MUST for all Hobart visitors.

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