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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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  • This site is well worth the price of admission. The guides provide a well-scripted history tour of the area and how it fits in with the country's development. Tickets are good for two days. The garden...  more »
  • A great place to visit and see some of the oldest buildings and get a glimpse of what life would have been like for the convicts. Wonderful photo opportunities as you walk around the site. Maintenance...  more »
  • 有了中文導覽,參觀亞瑟港變得更加有意思,讓我們能夠更了解Tasmania的歷史!建築也保存的不錯!整個園區非常大,很可惜沒有足夠的時間可以一探究竟!建議可以早點來,可以聽講解還可以搭船到對面的小島去,可惜我們當天太晚抵達無法搭船!  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. $$$