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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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  • No visit to Tasmania would be complete without making a visit to Port Arthur. Having a fore knowledge of the history of the Penal settlement also allows one to perhaps better appreciate its... 
    No visit to Tasmania would be complete without making a visit to Port Arthur. Having a fore knowledge of the history of the Penal settlement also allows one to perhaps better appreciate its...  more »
  • This historic gem never disappoints me. It had probably been 15 years since I last visited. From the entry point where you are issued a playing card, briefly outlining a prisoner's particular... 
    This historic gem never disappoints me. It had probably been 15 years since I last visited. From the entry point where you are issued a playing card, briefly outlining a prisoner's particular...  more »
  • This 90 min tour is interesting. The guide gave us lot of explainations. The short cruise included in our ticket is not so interesting. 
    This 90 min tour is interesting. The guide gave us lot of explainations. The short cruise included in our ticket is not so interesting.  more »
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  • Food is good and value for money. There are 2 cafes in this place and you have variety of choices. Staff are friendly. There are lot of seating areas. Service is quick. Food is fresh and tasty. Indoor and outdoor dining areas available. Usually this is very busy. But staff take care of the guests. You don't need to book for seats. It is better to dine at this place before or after visiting this historic place. Because other restaurants are bit far way.
  • Parking easily available in front of entry to the Arthur site. Ticketing and checking staff is very friendly. Good overview of the historic site from many team members present at your slot. Last but not the least Harbor ferry.
  • A good place to get snacks and food to take around site, or take for the drive back to Hobart. Has gluten free and dietary options. Good coffee and breakfast options.
  • I was really impressed with the meal. I ordered the hamburger and it a solid hamburger, the Relish they used was full of flavour. The burger was a decent size and ebeh used a good quality bun and fresh ingredients. Even through they were super busy only waited 10 mins for the burger. I would have given a 5 but the pattie was a bit cold. I paid just under $20 bucks for a burger and chips and was well worth it (tbh I was expecting to pay more being the location etc).
  • Beautiful place with great view and ambiance for great day breakfast. If you wanna throw yourself into the nature, this would be the first point to charge yourself and start the day. Not super busy, plenty of car park spot. Great customer service with a fresh quality food

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