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Port Arthur Historic Site

Address: Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
Phone Number: +61362512300
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The Port Arthur Historic Site is the best-preserved convict...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Brisbane, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

We chose to go here as part of an excursion from a cruise ship and were certainly not sorry. It had a quite eerie feel to it which seemed to be a cross between the sheer beauty of the place and the knowledge of what the prisoners had to contend with that were held here. It is such an important... More 

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

Situated in one of the most scenic locations this place holds alot about the Tasmania, Australian History. It was a shame, it was raining when we arrived Port Arthur. We had to rush ti cover the entire place. It was very windy and cold. It was beginning on October. We drove from Swansea to this place. It was a fair... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

The entry fee included several options. I wasn't sure whether I liked that, particularly since it meant we had to run quite a distance to get the next boat for the harbour cruise as soon as we got there. However the harbour cruise was very good and the commentary and commentator were excellent. Some of the buildings were having work... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

The family thoroughly enjoyed our self guided tour of this beautifully restored historical site. The staff on duty were very helpful throughout our self guided tour, so definitely ask them questions, the answers were extremely interesting. There was plenty to see and the site map was very good in laying out the site and key points of interest. We ate... More 

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

We were there on Christmas day and it was great they were onen as there would have been nothing else for us to do. Some buildings were closed but tickets were half price and kids free. We had a 4, 9 and 16 year old with us. While most went over 4 year olds head, she was able to run... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

This is one of the premier attractions in probably both the state and the country. But make sure you plan to spend the entire day and evening down there. The ghost tours seem like they are well worth doing at night - we just made the mistake of only spending the day. But do some research before you go. There... More 

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Moreton-in-Marsh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Golden rule number one - allow at least a full day and be there when they open. Join a guided tour to get an overview first and then explore at leisure how the UK's "baddies" were made to pay for such heinous crimes as stealing a loaf of bread to feed their kids. On the other hand learn how convicts... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

This attraction is a good day out, set in 100acres, you will do plenty of walking! Given that Australia has limited heritage buildings when compared to Europe, Port Arthur HS is a good reminder of Australia's history. We had a lot of fun at the site. There is a variety of buildings, from ruins to restored pieces too. The walking... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

my husband and I visited earlier this month. We found this site very interesting and informative. The ferry ride around the bay was great also (included in entry price) the visitors centre was impressive with a lovely cafe on the entry level with reasonable prices. We drove there from hobart city taking approx 1.5hrs taking in the scenery along the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

My husband and I arrived fairly late in the afternoon (4pm) and we were going to stay for the Ghost tour but as it didn't commence until 7.30pm decided just to wander the grounds and view the buildings and gardens on our own. Entry fee was a reduced rate of $18/person compared to the usual $35 and we were able... More 

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