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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%
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“walking tour” (208 reviews)
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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 today

My partner and I recently visited Port Arthur during a trip to Tasmania. I'd visited before, but it was her first visit. As a historic site, Port Arthur is fascinating. Steeped in history, you get a very good introduction via a 45 minute walking tour...More

Thank Colin_Sarnia
Reviewed today

The tickets come with a free short "tour" or "commentary" of sorts where a guide will give you an overview of the place. There is also a short "cruise" of the area. What's special about this place is that it is huge and hence, I'll...More

Thank Hock Boon T
Reviewed 2 days ago

We spent 5 hours here. You get a 40 minute walking tour where the tour guide gives you a talk on the history of the site. You then get a 20 minute ferry cruise around the harbour. The best time to arrive is bang on...More

Thank Harry J
Reviewed 2 days ago

I was a first time visitor with my girlfriend we were from Western Australia and found that going through the settlement it was so eerie and in a way was also peaceful I am a history nut and just couldn't take it all in but...More

Thank Aneta K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a stunning part of the world and well worth the trip. Plan to head off on a day trip and pop into the little stops along the way. The car park is not signed so well, but just keep heading down to the...More

Thank KatrinaS335
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We have always wanted to visit Port Arthur and we weren't disappointed. We really enjoyed our visit. There was so much to see and the site was incredibly interesting. The tour in the boat was very informative and the staff were excellent. It was great...More

Thank kowhai2016
Reviewed 4 days ago

before I write a review after reading the whining about this place on Trip Advisor...Wow !! complaing about the price ?? complaining about the buildings not being intact ?? What ?? do you complain when you go to the Acropolis ?? Roman ruins ?? some...More

Thank TraineeGreyNomad
Reviewed 5 days ago

I visited Port Arthur Historic Site a week ago. 4.5 hours was not nearly enough, so I recommend a whole day if you can spare it, especially if the weather is good. The complimentary 40 minute walking tour was absolutely awesome. The young guide (I...More

Thank Courtney W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a definite must on your trip to Tasmania. We spent several hours here. You get a 40 minute walking tour where the tour guide gives you a talk on the history of the site. You then get a 20 minute ferry cruise...More

Thank Karen S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For my 5th visit to Hobart (and tired of having to explain that I've never been to Port Arthur!) I was determined to make it this time around. And I'm really glad I did - $39 for an adult sounds expensive, but it includes a...More

Thank Andrew L
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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.