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Port Arthur

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Surrounded by shark-infested waters and connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus of land, Port Arthur ranks among Australia's top historical sites and heritage areas. The small town and former penal colony draws over quarter million visitors each year. The World Heritage-listed open-air museum with more than 30 buildings remains a major Port Arthur tourist attraction. The haunting stories of the former convicts and guards of the once "inescapable prison" are the inspiration behind popular ghost tours. Though most Post Arthur holidays are about the remains of the infamous convict settlement, many travelers are also attracted by the melancholic atmosphere of the bush-covered Isle of the Dead, the colony's cemetery. Customize your holiday with our Australia holiday planning app to create an adventure that suits you.
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Though many travelers are satisfied to see it on a day trip from Hobart, a modest range of accommodations cater to those who wish to spend more time in Port Arthur. Overnight visitors may choose between four-star fully equipped villas, bed and breakfasts, budget cottages, an RV park, and campsite. Many of the lodgings are situated on the tranquil waterfront a few minutes' drive from the historic site, some offering panoramic ocean views of the Isle of the Dead. Others are nestled in a peaceful garden surrounded by farmland just opposite the prison ruins.
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