The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site, located 90 minutes’ drive south-east of Hobart, brings Australia’s early convict history to life. It is the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia and among the most significant convict era sites in the world.
For more than 40 years until its closure in 1877, Port Arthur was a penal settlement as well as a military and industrial centre, encompassing mining, farming, timber cutting, boat building and many other trades. Today the Port Arthur Historic Site covers 100 acres of gardens and grounds, with more than 30 historic buildings and ruins to explore. The site combines history and scenic beauty with innovative interpretation to tell the stories of the harsh regime of the
penal colony. It is a place to discover Australian history and explore the origins of Australian culture. All entry passes are valid for two consecutive days and include a 40-minute guided tour and a 25-minute harbour cruise.
Discover how the convicts, officers, soldiers and their families lived. For those brave enough to venture out at night, the ever-popular ghost tour begins after dark. Extend your visit with the onsite restaurant “1830”, where you can enjoy fresh local produce with views out over the World Heritage site, or stop by the café after the day’s exploring.
Come and connect with our past – and take home unforgettable memories for the future.
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