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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, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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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York, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We had a very interesting day here and could have stayed longer. The initial guided tour was great to give an overview of the site and point out key sites. We felt there was plenty of information available to help you understand the history of the place. The visitor information centre was an excellent place for children especially and detailed... More 

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Adelaide, South Australia
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Port Arthur is beautifully located and a do not miss experience - especially if you have any interest in history. As the site is so large it never feels crowded and you can self guide or go on a tour. This is a moving place made more so by the events in 1996.

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Melbourne, Australia
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

If you are going to Port Arthur ensure that you allow 2 days to do everything. The first day can easily be filled up with the following Introductory Tour, Isle of the Dead tour and Point Pure tour followed by the cruise. It is a big site 100 acres so there is plenty to see.

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South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This is our second visit to Port Arthur Historic site and I am sure it won't be our last. We enjoy strolling around the gardens, visiting the ruins and imagining how life was in Australia in such a place. May it be kept this way for future generations to know and understand their own history.

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Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We spent 3 nights in port Arthur and I'd assumed we'd spend maybe half a day at the historic site and spend the rest of the time relaxing and seeing other things on the Tasman peninsula. I was so wrong! We spent most of our first full day at the site and half of the next day, and still could... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

A visitor could easily spend a day or two at this wonderful site. Knowledgable guides, lovely scenery, a boat trip around the adjacent bay, good food (licensed venue), immaculate grounds, interesting facts ... this is a venue to be included on everyone's itinerary. Great value for money too!

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Hobart, Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Love it here. The boat cruise is wonderful but if you have time pay a bit extra to visit the Isle of the Dead and Point Puer. Loved the afternoon tea in the Magistrates House and the kid's activities too.

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Mildura, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We took most of the day to travel from Hobart down to Port Arthur. We stopped at Dunalley on the way, where the kids collected shells and searched to crabs. We stopped at Tessellation Pavement (beach), which was incredible. We check out Pirate's Bay, the Blowhole, Tasman's Arch and Devil's Kitchen - all more than worth the slight detour and... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We decided to go to Port Arthur at the last minute when staying in Hobart recently. We hired a car and drove there ourselves. The drive is lovely, although probably shouldnt be 100kms/hr! The day was easily spent looking at all the buildings. We got burnt badly. The cruise was ok- but felt as though it was just to drop... More 

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Larkspur, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Let me start out by saying if you are in Hobart, this is a must see. Tasmania's prisoner past is an important part of the island's history and Port Arthur is ground zero. We ended up getting there late in the day (~ 4pm), but we were able to squeeze in the last guided tour of the day (excellent tour... More 

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