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Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass

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Port Arthur, Australia
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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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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
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.
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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. From now until 31st December 2020, children are admitted free of charge and every person who purchases a ticket will receive a free Ticket of Leave which allows free re-entry to both Port Arthur and the Cascades Female Factory in South Hobart for two years.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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
See all safety measures taken by Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass.
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
See all safety measures taken by Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass.

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The problem was not the local...
Gerry
, 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Well worth the visit. Definitely need...
AJ
, Nov 2016
Well worth the visit. Definitely need more than one day to see it all.
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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...
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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
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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.
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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
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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.

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