• Location: Hobart, Australia
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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. 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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Customer Reviews

Ingrid A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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.

Stella B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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.. :

Bill R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

A place of Australian history worth exploring. Great commentary.

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Pick up from Hotel went smoothly, nice compact tour as there was only 6 of us in coach. Wonderful tour guide Nigel, who had a terrific sense of humour and very accommodating as one of us had a collapsible mobility scooter. All in all, a wonderful day with a wonderful guide.

Victoria M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

An easy pick up from our hotel started off the day for our trip to Port Arthur. Our Gray-Line driver was very friendly and knowledgable and chatted away to us all the way to Port Arthur.
Once their we were left to our own devices to explore, but did join a free walking tour, where the guide told us a bit more about the history of the penitentiary etc.
Included was a boat trip around the Port so you could see more of the area.
We visited on a beautiful clear day and it eashard to think about the terrible things that must have taken place there as it is suce a beautiful place.

brutus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

We enjoyed this tour and we had plenty of time to look around Port Arthur. The driver we had was friendly and knowledgeable.

Susan T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Definitely recommend this tour. Port Arthur is definitely worth a visit.

Michaela S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

It was a great experience. lovely countryside. The boat trip was also wonderful. It was all about the history of the site.

Diane E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

We really enjoyed this tour. The weather was fantastic, the bus driver was an encyclopaedia of interesting information, the guided tour was neither too long nor too short and the boat trip around the harbour afforded beautiful views of the area. We also appreciated the fact that we had plenty of time to wander around on our own and experience both the buildings and the gardens. All those men who passed through Port Arthur, leaving their tragic stories behind them, are an important and an unforgettable part of the overall experience.

Oli

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Our bus driver Nigel was very informative and entertaining. He had many stories about the history of Hobart and many funny little jokes. He informed you always of what was to happen and the best places to eat at port arthur. And at the end he asked whether people wanted to be reurned to their hotels or dropped off at the docks to explore more. He suggested getting fish and chips at Flippers and strolling around the docks. We did just that and it really completed a great weekend. We enjoyed this trip very much. Pleasant paced and adequate time at Port Arthur to explore site.

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