Port Arthur Historic Site, Port Arthur

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There are few better places to learn about Australia's penal-colony heritage than the Port Arthur Historic Site on the southeastern coast of Tasmania. Once a prison for Britain's hardest criminals, the complex's remains now serve as an open-air museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Despite the prison's grim purpose, it offers a scenic setting on the water surrounded by densely forested hills. Take a walking tour to learn about the prison's history, dine at Felon's Bistro, and then conduct a paranormal investigation with ghost-hunting equipment late at night. Arrange your visit to Port Arthur Historic Site and discover more family-friendly attractions in Port Arthur using our Port Arthur online tour builder .
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  • Amazing visit. Don't miss your guide tour and I recommend to do it at the beginning. It's a great place on a sunny day but may be hard when the weather is not so good.  more »
  • Firstly I would like to thank my tour guide Helen for acknowledging the traditional owners of this area and stating the fact that it was devastating to the cause as to why they no longer used the area...  more »
  • We adored the 345pm performance in the penitentiary ....Highly talented actors.....inspired play content. Brilliant day.....the entire day was perfect.  more »
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  • Had a ball over two days here. The historic site is well run. The boat trip is well worth the time. The ruins are interesting and the houses are really fun filled with artifacts and cool recordings. The fire places in the old prisons where a warm welcome on a cold day to. I was impressed by the tasteful massacre memorial. Which is a place for quiet remembrance. I will definitely return to explore some more.
  • Good place to visit. It could have a bit better guidance signs and more frequent guided tours so that you don't have to wait for an hour or longer. All sites are interesting to see and there is plenty of entertainment with small theatre performances that are time relevant. Good restaurant too where we went in the evening. I would definitely recommend this trip.
  • Such a great historic setup. Have been there a few days ago and my heart is still there. You MUST: Start early as it will take an entire day to see all the attractions. Take a ferry ride. There are 2 beautiful plays which you must watch. You can follow the trail to the wilderness. A must destination for everybody if you are in Hobart. Driving is a better option than taking a bus..
  • I could spend a few days here exploring! The ghost tour and the island tours are also fantastic. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and have great stories to tell. Really good place for the whole family. Take good walking shoes as exploring the site will earn you lots of steps! The visitors centre was still not 100% complete yet, so we went to the blow holes nearby to a highly recommended fish and chip van. This was perhaps the best fish and chips we had during the entire trip.
  • We had a great time slowly exploring Historic Port Arthur. At first we thought the entry price a bit stiff, but the 2 toirs included plus the well kept, well presented nature of the place made it worth it. There is plenty to see, the self guide maps are informative, there is cafes conveniently dotted around so you don't need to hike if you need a pick me up. Beautiful interesting place.

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