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Port Arthur Historic Site

Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
+61 3 6251 2310
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Small-Group Tasmania Convict Trail and Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart
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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%
  • Poor1%
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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 6 November 2016

Good information and excellent architecture on Australian history. Easy to travel to from Hobart.The cafe has good food and coffee. Lovely and knowledgeable staff.

Thank twyfordjones
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Come early with walking shoes and just go with the flow. As part of the entrance fee you get a walking guide for 40 mins and a boat cruise...do both of them and you will get to know more than just wandering around by yourself....More

1  Thank Sue M
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Spent a whole day touring this World Heritage recognized site. The 2 day ticket would have allowed us to return had we had time, we didn't, and did not see everything in one day. Chose the Isle of the Dead graveyard tour as an option,...More

1  Thank Emma R
Reviewed 6 November 2016

A wonderfully kept site kept in pristine condition displayng lives of convicts, and their keepers, in the early 1800's. Ongoing restoration work is slowly restoring this icon which just keeps improving. Wonderful guides provide regular tours and are truly up-to-speed with local knowledge and simply...More

Thank Jimkirk
Reviewed 6 November 2016

I had visited the Historic Site as a child, but remembered very little, so decided it was worth another go. I arrived around midday and spent most of the afternoon there. I took the Isle of the Dead optional tour which was very interesting. I...More

Thank Kitty_Mew_Mew
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Beautiful site and wonderful atmosphere. Everything is well done and the staff are very friendly. Good history.

Thank DorianMunting
Reviewed 5 November 2016

This site is well marked but most important has great guides who are passionate about their work. It is a very sobering presentation made real using writings from diaries etc to make prisoners more real. Need to spend most f a day including ferry tour,...More

Thank Holly W
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

This place is amazing. It's so rich in history and it captivated our 5 and 7 year olds. They loved the old buildings, the boat ride and following the life of their convict. You'll need to be ready to walk as there is so much...More

1  Thank bmam
Reviewed 4 November 2016

We visited Port Arthur while on holidays this year. We were very disappointed with the exorbitant entry prices (3 adults $112.50) they charged and the prices they charged in the cafeteria. Even though its an historic place it's not worth the money they charge, they're...More

Thank Christine A
PAHSMA M, Public Relations Manager at Port Arthur Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2016

Hi Christine Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review, we’re sorry to hear that you find the entry fees too expensive as we do aim to keep our prices comparable with other award winning tourism providers throughout Tasmania. World Heritage listed Port...More

Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

A truely comprehensive history lesson is to be had here. Well presented, very knowledgeable and entertaining guides complement the stunning view. Bring your walking shoes and camera, give it the full day or maybe 2. Outstanding.

Thank KevL64
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Andrew Y
I see that there are two-day packages. For someone who likes history/ culture, is two days too much time to spend here? Additionally, is there a need to purchase tickets in advance?
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
Hi. I am going on a Carnival cruise ship that will dock in Port Arthur. I read on a previous post that the cruise ship transports to port Arthur and the entry is included. Is this the case for this ship as well?
7 March 2017|
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Response from PortArthurSite | Property representative |
Hi jgough24, Great to know you're coming to visit Port Arthur Historic Site as part of your cruise. You will be able to access the Historic Site as a cruise passenger. We are a tender port and as cruise ship guests you... More
How much time do you need to first see the main things at Port Arthur and second, which wd be longer, get a good sense of history.?
4 February 2017|
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Response from davidlamtraveller | Reviewed this property |
We took the tour with guide from Port Arthur and it took about one hour.We spent 90 minutes more to take photos.