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Port Arthur Historic Site, Port Arthur

Categories: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Port Arthur is full of interesting Australian history. It's a World Heritage site & is definitely worth spending a day visiting it. The walking tour is great way to get an overview of what happened th...  read more »
  • Visited the site today on a day when the weather was pretty poor and extremely cold. Did the walking tour, the island tour and the point tour. We found it very interesting and found the guides amazing...  read more »
  • Port Arthur is not the sort of place to visit just to tick off a list. It is a site of real significance in Australian history and it will require at least a day to properly see it (more than one day ...  read more »
  • Excellent tour guide (Rob) who was very good in story telling. His delivery on information and instructions makes it memorable. The cold weather (June) with fewer visitors made the historic site very peaceful and enjoyable walk. This is way more worth visiting than Freycincet National Park. Planning trip: It's good for half day visitors. Because winter days are short and our flight arrived mid morning (port Arthur from Hobart), it basically taken up rest of the day and couldn't make it to mount Wellington after its get dark around 4pm.
  • Great historic ruins upon an open expanse of water. The drive from Hobart takes quite a while (over an hour) but it well worth the time. Cruises are available at various times throughout the day.
  • Beautiful place, I enjoyed walking around the houses and prison. It was very well done and well organised. The introductory walking tour was fantastic. Wish I had more time as I would've liked to do the audio tour. Worth the drive.
  • Good for families. Nice drive to get here. Treated as a park, you'll be fine. But if you want a slice of history, bit disappointing: Most of original buildings are remnants because of the fire; the rest have been removed.
  • Stunning place and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The introductory walking tour was interesting and the guide was very knowledgable, he really seemed quite passionate about the place which made the experience even better. The short ferry tour was great as well. We'll be back!
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