Port Arthur Historic Site

  • Port

    Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD USD

    Price over $151
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 8 hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

Head north by coach from Hobart to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Port Arthur, famous for the ruins of the former penal colony established here. This is the most intact and evocative historic prison in Australia. It covers 242 acres around picturesque Mason Cove, and has many ruined and restored buildings set in gardens and rolling lawns. A line of fierce dogs once guarded the narrow isthmus that was the only overland escape point from Port Arthur.

Meet a specialist guide from the Port Arthur Historic Site -- (s)he will escort you on a guided walking tour. The two most impressive buildings on site -- the Penitentiary and the Separate Prison -- show how convict discipline ranged from physical punishment to psychological terror. Hear tales of the hardships suffered by many during the harsh years of this penal settlement's heyday.

Step inside the eerie cells and listen for echoes of the past, and wander through the reconstructed Government Gardens (originally established in 1858), which offer a glimpse of life on the other side of the bars during this period.

A light lunch is served on site.

Take a harbor cruise on a 78-foot catamaran ferry to view the site from another perspective.

It is a relaxing 90-minute drive back to Hobart.

Notes:

The historic walking tour involves approximately 40 minutes of walking. Participants must walk down stairs or a ramp to access the ruins. Once at the ruins, walking is on even, grassy surfaces and uneven, unpaved ground. Some ruins have cobblestones, uneven flooring and steps, and narrow doorways.