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Port Arthur Historic Site

Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
+61 3 6251 2310
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The Port Arthur Historic Site is the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia and among the most significant convict era sites in the world. It has won many awards and has been called one of Australia's great tourism destinations. The Site combines rich history and scenic beauty to tell the stories of the harsh discipline and determined industry of the settlement. It is a place to discover Australian history and connect with the origins of Australian culture.
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  • Average4%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
+61 3 6251 2310
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We spent a cold spring day at the historic site of Port Arthur. The views of the water and gardens were beautiful but you are also reminded of the dark past and history as a convict prison. Included in the entry ticket was a 40minute...More

1  Thank NATHAN S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Long drive from Hobart, we left at 11am. Nice drive and got to port arthur 2hrs later. Very clean well organised site with heaps of parking and information. Undergoing renovation when we went so perhaps paxk your own food and drink. We went self guided...More

1  Thank bash86
Reviewed 3 days ago

The well preserved buildings are reminder of our past and man's inhumanity to man. A fascinating look back in time and well worth a contemplative walk around--seems the only thing that has changed in 150 years is the technology. Hardly a barrel of laughs.More

Thank Prelibato1
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Port Arthur Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for your review Prelibato1, We appreciate your feedback on the conservation that has been undertaken at the Historic Site. Our team take great pride in preserving the site for all visitors to experience. We are honoured to share the stories of those who spent...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The port Arthur historical site is quite a drive from Hobart but it is so worth it. Other than learning the history of the convicts they have great ruins and a million dollar relaxing lake view. On a nice day it is very relaxing to...More

Thank Ricasworld
Reviewed 3 days ago

We hadn't been to Port Arthur for 42 years and so were surprised at what we thought was a high admission price. However, it was soon obvious that a lot of money has been spent maintaining and protecting this important Australian historical site. We would...More

Thank Geordielass2
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Port Arthur Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Geordielass2, Thank you for your review and we are pleased to hear as a return visitor you were impressed by the works undertaken to maintain the site for others to experience. The $39 entry fee is valid for two consecutive days and includes the...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

The timing of our visit was early spring so we were a little disappointed that one of the tours 'Isle of the Dead Cemetry' (which we had pre-booked) wasn't available due to upkeep/maintenance and the Visitor Centre was shut due to renovations. Having said that,...More

Thank Sandra W
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Port Arthur Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Sandra W, Thank you for your review and we are sorry to hear your pre-booked experience was not available. Conservation at the site is a very important part of our works for the future preservation and unfortunately due to some weather delays these works...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Port Arthur was incredible! It was well worth the trip but we did find that time slipped away very quickly, so leaving early is recommended! There is an incredible wealth of history with beautiful ruins to reenactments of what is was like to live there...More

Thank Grace d
Reviewed 6 days ago

A very interesting place to go for a day or half day. We learned a lot about the history of the convicts who were sent out from England. You can take boat ride around the lake, which is wonderful on a hot day, and you...More

Thank Beaufortmb
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well presented. Highly recommend doing the commandants tour (it is not only for mobility impaired persons) as the information & presentation of our guide Rob was simply fantastic. This tour also includes the harbour cruise. Don't miss out on this experience if visiting Tasmania.

Thank cskrg
Reviewed 1 week ago

Every building at Port Arthur has a story to tell. It was great to learn about our sad past and the thinking of the era. Great to know the connections with Darwin. The gardens are fantastic and the harbour cruise tour shows the pristine precinct...More

Thank Chepe L
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dasun s
19 August 2017|
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Response from pohcrofter | Reviewed this property |
There are charges to visit this attraction, depending on what you choose to see/ do there. If the ship is calling on Hobart, I would expect the ship to offer a tour to this attraction (quite a long coach ride from Hobart, I... More
Lee-Anne F
1 August 2017|
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Response from Frank M | Reviewed this property |
No BBQ at PA just take picnic basket or eat at shops. Enjoy😃
Andrew Y
1 April 2017|
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Response from PortArthurSite | Property representative |
Hi Andrew Y, Thanks for your question re the time to allow on site. We have over 100 acre to explore at the site with over 30 historic buildings and remains to see. Within site entry you have can enjoy a 40 minute... More