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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 to visit Port Arthur Historic Site and other attractions in Port Arthur using our Port Arthur tourist route planner.
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  • Must see history experience to fully understand the 'Tasmania Story'. Good value when you do the tours, boat trips and if staying nearby they offer a nightly ghost walk 
  • The site is what you'd expect, a site with some buildings and some ruins, but the guide ruined the experience. When I joined the guided tour, the man literally talked and talked and talked, in which t...  more »
  • If you look like history, this is definitely a place to go to. I absolutely loved it. You get a good feeling of what happened there and they don't try to sweep things under the rug. They will tell you...  more »
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  • Great exploration of the history and stories of the time. From what was presented, I could really get a sense of the times and trials. Exhibition on ground floor was excellent. Cafe had great food. Grounds immaculate and well signed. Ghost tour was entertaining and educational.
  • Very well presented venue, many small quaint activities as well as more major tour points like the bay cruise & the guided tours. The historics & recollection of certain characters extremely well relived & presented by excellent Park tour guides - Andrew created a most interesting & enjoyable experience for us in his storytelling.
  • Only paid 4 site entry & being late afternoon only cost us $20- each which is valid for 2 days. Would LOVE/PLAN 2 go back & do the Tours Including island & ghost tours.. Seen a Potaroo walking back down from Scorpion Rock lookout which also had the Best view of the entire area. Definitely worth making the time 2 visit properly = either an early start & late finish, or do it all over 2 days.. careful of roos if in a hire car on the Tasman Peninsula...
  • A well kept historic site with plenty to see and do. Entry gets you a short guided tour as well as a cruise. There are additional options for tours of the two island as well as evening ghost tours. There are plenty of buildings and ruins to explore and the site is brought to life by the stories the guides are well versed in. We took our young daughter with us and had no problems using a pram. In total we spent around five hours exploring the site and still didn't see everything. Equally you could get a good flavour for the history in a couple of hours, but I would recommend 3-4 hours at least. The cafe serves good food and drinks and free wi-fi can be useful, especially when you only get mobile signal on Telstra.
  • Great place to visit. Good cafe food. Slightly expensive hours. $$$