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Port Arthur Tour from Hobart provided by Gray Line Tasmania Day Tours

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Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 11/12/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 11/12/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Get an in-depth tour of the UNESCO-listed Port Arthur Historic Site on this day trip from Hobart. History buffs will love learning about the history of the Australian convict site on an excursion designed to allow as much time and in-depth learning about the area in a single day. Many tours of Tasmania include a brief stop in Port Arthur, but this one provides deep exploration and plenty of time to ask questions.
  • You'll start at
    Brooke Street Pier
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Richmond Bridge
    Pirates Bay/Eaglehawk Neck
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    Port Arthur Historic Site
    Stop: 4 minutes - Admission included
    Arriving at Port Arthur historic site we visit the interpretation centre with its interactive exhibits and displays, and follow the harrowing life of a convict. Join a guided walking tour and learn about the many restored buildings and ruins, including the Penitentiary, commandant's house and the church.
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  • You'll end at
    Brooke Street Pier
    12 Franklin Whrf, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
    See address & details
  • Guided tour of Port Arthur Historic Site allows a deep dive into history
  • Learn about the notorious convict site through a guide's commentary
  • Cruise down the coast to see the wild scenery of Tasman National Park
  • Round-trip transportation and all entrance fees paid make for a stress-free trip
What to Expect
Relax on the scenic drive from Hobart to the Tasman Peninsula, which encompasses Norfolk Bay, Eaglehawk Neck, Forestier Peninsula, the Tasman Bridge, and the Pitt wWater Causeway. Enjoy the fact that your guide is driving and worrying about directions as you simply look out the window and snap photos. Depending on the season, drive through the town to Richmond and see the convict-built Richmond Bridge.  Spend hours exploring the Port Arthur UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a walking tour of the seaside penal colony. Learn how and why the area’s most heinous criminals were housed here in 30 restored buildings and accompanying ruins. Highlights include the church, the Commandant’s House, the prison, flour mill, granary, and penitentiary. Follow up the walking tour with a cruise on Carnarvon Bay, which gives different views and photo ops from the water. See the coast of Tasman National Park, including the Devil’s Kitchen, the Isle of the Dead, and Tasman Arch. Make a lunch stop at the Port Arthur Visitor Center or the nearby Felons (own expense).
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Important Information
Departure Point
Brooke Street Pier, 12 Franklin Whrf, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Port Arthur Historic Site guided tour
  • 30-minute Harbor Cruise
  • Hotel pickup and drop off (selected hotels only)
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Entry/Admission - Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring good walking shoes for the walking tour. If you do not wish to participate in the full walking tour, please note small golf buggies are available free of charge. Passengers can locate a buggy at the front entrance of Port Arthur Visitor Center.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Stacey O wrote a review 25 Feb
1 contribution
Greg was a fantastic host for our Port Arthur tour! Very helpful and gave us lots of information for the day! Thanks Greg it was a great tour!
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Date of experience: February 2021
Tamar wrote a review 11 Feb
Caulfield, Australia6 contributions
The bus driver was amazing, loved his passion and he clearly loves his job. He had a great knowledge of not just the Port Arthur history but also the history of Tasmania and of the picturesque places we stopped at along the way. The tour was well organised and I would highly
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Date of experience: February 2021
Brett wrote a review 8 Feb
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
I did the day tour and Jim was our driver and guide. I was picked up from Leena of Hobart Hotel exactly at 8.00am which was the promised time and other people were also picked up from other motels. The bus trip down to Port Arthur was excellent and Jim provided commentary along
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Date of experience: February 2021
Chris wrote a review Jan 2021
Melbourne, Australia26 contributions2 helpful votes
Great tour with on time pick up and drop off. Our driver was great, stopping off at a couple of places for photos.
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Date of experience: January 2021
Response from AdamGLTAS, General Manager at Port Arthur Tour from Hobart
Responded 18 Jan 2021
Hi chrissU2353GH, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We appreciate your positive comments and we are very pleased that you enjoyed the company of our driver/guide. Thanks again for touring with us and we hope to see you on board again in the future.
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Kylie H wrote a review Jan 2021
Adelaide, Australia6 contributions
Very interesting and entertaining bus trip from Hobart to Port Arthur. Our driver Phil was extremely welcoming, full of interesting info and even a lil bit funny 🤣 Not only did Phil make the trip informative and entertaining he made it easy too. Every stop we made along the way
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Date of experience: January 2021
Response from AdamGLTAS, General Manager at Port Arthur Tour from Hobart
Responded 18 Jan 2021
Hi 807kylieh, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are thrilled to receive such a high recommendation and such positive feedback. Phil will also enjoy your comments. He will be known from now on as 'lil bit funny Phil' and he'll love it. Once again thank you for choosing Gray Line and we are very pleased you enjoyed your day spent with us.
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Gray Line Tasmania Day Tours
Terry from the port Arthur day tour
Terry made this day unforgettable with his hilarious comments, information and entertainment. Hope to see him again
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Debbie P
Worst experience ever
This has been the worst city tour we have ever experienced. The tour guide/bus driver was very rude and argumentat
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Great half day spent in Richmond
I had the bus to myself, Zack was very informative and friendly. Got to spend a couple of hours wandering around Ri
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Hiroko M
Not worth the effort
Too rushed. Attractions are small and self exploring is sufficient. Suitable for old people and sightseers. Not for
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Maria Island Tour (WOW)
Such an amazing place that is beautiful and historic. The tour guide Tim takes you to spots that you could never fi
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Lorraine B
Lovely tour to see Australian animals
This tour gave us an hour in Richmond - a tiny old-world town with some specialist shops, for instance the chocolat
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Marie W
Cradle Mountain National Park Day Tour
Dave was our tour guide today, and what a great guide he is. He works for Mcdermotts Coaches and is a real asset fo
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If you love animals this place is a must, and to think I almost didn't go. It was the highlight of my Australian t
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Would not recommend this tour
Bay of Fires is spectacular but I would not book this tour to travel there from Launceston. You spend less than an
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Well planned trip
We joined this tour during our stay in Hobart. The tour took us to Richmond a quaint little town with lots of cha
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Yes do it
Most passionate and knowledgeable tour guide I've seen. He is also very kind and will drive you to and from your ho
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Kellie B
up close and personal
we took a day drip from our cruise ship and booked through tourism hobart. pretty cool little park run fully by vol
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Great way to see Hobart
This is stress free way to see Hobart, no hurry, just enjoy. Our driver Tim was very knowledgable and described all
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Sandy B
Good tour
Good tour great tour guide. its one of the things you probably have to do if you are in Hobart . We were only there
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Jana K
Night Tour
Really great experience! We got so many information and the meetings with the animals are unforgetable!
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Key Details
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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