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Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass

Port Arthur, Australia

From $31.22

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Free cancellation
Up to 7 days in advance.
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  • 2 days (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

With a 2-day pass for Tasmania’s Port Arthur Historic Site, you can explore this former convict colony, located on the Tasman Peninsula and part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Australian Convict Sites, with the flexibility and time to make the most of your visit. Included are a guided walking tour, access to the 30-plus ruins and historical buildings, a cruise on the harbor, and a visitor guide with a map. Follow the Convict Water Supply Trail, learn what life was like as a prisoner and see where officers lived.
  • Port Arthur UNESCO World Heritage site 2-day pass
  • Tour one of Australia's best-preserved convict sites
  • See more than 30 historic buildings and ruins
  • Take a guided introductory walking tour and harbor cruise
  • Visit the Lottery of Life Convict Gallery, Museum and Convict Study Centre and Dockyards

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Harbour cruise
  • Access to historic buildings and ruins for two consecutive days
  • Access to the Convict Water Supply Trail and the Dockyard
  • Visitor's information guide with a map of the site
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Port Arthur Historic Site, Visitor Centre, Historic Site, Port Arthur TAS 7182, Australia

    Tours depart from the foyer at the Port Arthur Historic Site Visitors Centre. The Visitors Centre also offers cafe/bistro, free parking, and visitor information.

Departure Time

4/1/2022 - 6/30/2022
Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
7/1/2022 - 6/30/2023
Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Spread across 100 acres (40 hectares) on the Tasman Peninsula, jutting out from Tasmania’s southeast coast, the Port Arthur Historic Site is home to more than 30 historical structures and ruins that once made up a convict settlement. Your 2-day pass to this now World Heritage–listed site gives you access to explore as much as you want during your time here.

You may visit and participate in the included attractions and activities in whichever order you prefer, but it’s suggested that you begin with the 40-minute introduction tour to orient yourself with the site and hear about the background of the penal colony and its prisoners. Then catch the MV Marana for a 20-minute harbor cruise, listening to onboard narration as you view the Dockyards, Point Puer Boys Prison, the Isle of the Dead Cemetery and Tasman National Park from the water.

In order to provide an educational yet entertaining way to explore the site, you’ll be given a ‘convict playing card’ with your pass. Use it to follow the life story of one of Port Arthur’s past prisoners, learning what he did to become incarcerated, his specific journey to the penal colony and what life was like for him and others in 1800s Australia and Britain.

Visit the Dockyards, where prisoners built high-quality ships in the 1830s, and listen to a ‘soundscape’ to hear sounds and voices from the active yard, making you feel like you’ve gone back to the 19th century. Then journey along the Convict Water Supply Trail, learning about the colony’s flour-production operation, and visit the Museum and Convict Study Centre to find out if any of your ancestors are in the prisoner database. In the old Asylum building, learn more details about life as a convict, and then check out the Commandants House and Junior Medical Officers House to see how the other side lived.

Port Arthur Historic Site

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site, located 90 minutes’ drive southeast of Hobart, brings Australia’s early convict history to life. The Port Arthur Historic Site covers 100 acres of gardens and grounds, with more than 30 historic buildings and ruins to explore. COVID Safe measures are in place to protect visitors, staff and our community. Detailed information on these measures can be found on our website. We recommend you purchase your tickets online in advance. All entry passes are valid for two consecutive days and include a 40 minute guided tour and a 25 minute harbour cruise.

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass?

A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:
  • Face masks provided for travelers

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Worth every penny, I highly recommend visiting this beautiful precinct.
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Spectacular
Vivian_T, Jun 2022
The helpfulness of the Staff started are experience…love the way we could walk around at our own pace or join a walking tour if we wanted.
Great day of exploring
Laura_C, Dec 2021
We had a fabulous sunny day exploring the Pt Arthur historic site. Our guide Rob was informative and entertaining. It’s a large area with much to see. Wear comfortable walking shoes and take a jacket and umbrella just in case.
Beautiful historical site
Steven_T, Mar 2021
Amazing experience, Pete the tour guide was brilliant and very knowledgeable. Definitely need two days to see everything with time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great value.
BernadetteE, Mar 2021
Worth every penny, I highly recommend visiting this beautiful precinct. We spent 6 hours at the site.
Good overview
Steven_A, Sep 2020
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed him. We learned a lot and really loved the boat tour that was part of it and time spent exploring on our own afterwards.
The problem was not the local...
Gerry_N, Feb 2018
The problem was not the local provider nor the content. We could have taken the site tour for half this price had we directly purchased the tickets from the provider versus Viator.
Very interesting day. The guide for...
Sharon W, Oct 2017
Very interesting day. The guide for the tour was extremely good, with a mix of history and a little bit humour. The grounds are beautiful and peaceful, hard to imagine the severe hardship of convicts. Nice small cafe to sit and relax a while.
If planning to spend one day there...
Erin H, Apr 2017
If planning to spend one day there, the entry site pass provides you with a guided tour a must, free access to all on mainland and a guided boat tour of around the islands e.g. Isle of the dead. Could easily spend two days there one was all we had time for....a unique experience. The drive to Port Arthur was also full of breathtaking views if you take the few minutes to drive off the main roads for some truly breathtaking views.
Very happy with the whole day...
Judith s, Mar 2017
Very happy with the whole day. Really enjoyed the boat building and blacksmith area with sound effects. Loved the cruise but wished we had booked the the Isle of the Dead. The talk was informative and helped us navigate our way around. We will return again because of course we did not leave enough time.
Well worth the visit. Definitely need...
AJ, Nov 2016
Well worth the visit. Definitely need more than one day to see it all.
A very interesting two days, Port...
Anthony M, Apr 2016
A very interesting two days, Port Arthur is a fascinating place! We also took a JetBoat tour which was also very entertaining...
Walking tour very informative, had a...
Sheree R, Feb 2016
Walking tour very informative, had a great guide. Cruise was ok but not necessary if you are short of time
Had the most amazing time here,there...
Deborah R, Oct 2014
Had the most amazing time here,there is definitely a "feeling' ,we were really moved by all the different levels of history here not to mention the natural beauty.
The Site itself is a must do...
Stephen J, May 2014
The Site itself is a must do experience and the initial walk through with the guide puts everything in place. The ferry ride takes about 20 minutes but we decided to take the optional tour of the Isle of the Dead. The tour guide was most informative and some of the stories he told were enough to put a chill up your spine. Also they estimate that 1100 to 1200 people are buried on the island but they are not quite sure where they are all buried so it is most likely the path you take walks over some of the bodies that are buried there. I was waiting for a hand to come out of the ground and grab an ankle. It will take a couple of days to see all the out buildings, worth the effort. advertisements is under
We enjoyed our visit to Port Arthur...
Donna P, Jun 2013
We enjoyed our visit to Port Arthur Historic Site, which included a guided short walk and a short cruise. You could see most of what's on offer in one full day or break it up over two days as we did. The Bronze ticket price (which is the cheapest available and what we bought through Viator) is available as a two day pass only. We had a lovely time there.
Impressionnant
ERIC_P, Nov 2019
Site incroyable et très interressant magnifique domaine très très bien entretenu nous avions pris la visite guidée déçu par notre guide qui recitait son texte de façon monocorde

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