Port Arthur Historic Site, Port Arthur

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World heritage site · Historic Walking Area · History Museum
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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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  • Interesting history behind the site and Port Arthur. Not a lot of buildings but everything is spread out across a large area. Entry ticket includes a free walking tour and cruise, the walking tour... 
    Interesting history behind the site and Port Arthur. Not a lot of buildings but everything is spread out across a large area. Entry ticket includes a free walking tour and cruise, the walking tour...  more »
  • Very expensive and when advised we could do a twilight ticket (self guided walk) at 3.30 then at 3.30 it was only available at 4pm. Not helpful at all. 
    Very expensive and when advised we could do a twilight ticket (self guided walk) at 3.30 then at 3.30 it was only available at 4pm. Not helpful at all.  more »
  • This exceeded our expectations - the site is so large! We thought we would have been in and out within the hour, however we ended up walking around for nearly 3 hours (something to be considered if.....  more
    This exceeded our expectations - the site is so large! We thought we would have been in and out within the hour, however we ended up walking around for nearly 3 hours (something to be considered if.....  more »
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  • Very cool place with tons of history. There is not a lot that small children will understand or enjoy, but it is worth the visit. There are lots of buildings to explore with dedicated talks in some of them. The guided tour and harbour cruise are part of the package and worth doing. The place is a world heritage site and is very well maintained. The infrastructure is really good, with cafes and restrooms in a couple spots within the park. A must go if you are visiting Hobart.
  • I haven't been here in years but love what they have done with the place. It is well signed, mixing intrigue and fact well. They have made it interactive by assigning "characters" to each entrant for them to learn about. Our tour guide Jet gave the tour in character as an Irish convict which made the your that little bit more fascinating. You can bring a lunch picnic or buy food there. Food was reasonably priced. Wear comfy shoes and dress for all 4 seasons in one day
  • So fantastic!!! Loved it. The walking tour was great! Beautiful and informative ferry ride! Grounds and ruins kept beautifully! Lots of parking. Ghost tour was booked out on the day we went so we needed to book for the night after, but the ground pass was valid for two days so we definitely needed that extra time to fully explore Port Arthur and all the history and information it has to offer. Super interesting. A place of quiet reflection and respect. Restaurant was very nice.
  • The Port Arthur Historic Site is incredibly well run and guides seem very well trained. The history of the place is truly horrific and guides hint at this but don’t dwell on it. The guided tours definitely add a dimension you won’t get walking it on your own even with the guide book. If you are in the region it’s well worth spending the time to visit.
  • This is a must visit place in Tasmania. Amazing history and well preserved site. There is bit to walk around. To have a good experience of the place , spend at least 3 hours . You will find all facilities here including a nice cafe. People who loves history should come here and experience this .

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