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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, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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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Melbourne, Australia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Not all disappointed, from memory admission was about $30. This place is Australian history 101. For the price of admission we got a guided tour and a short boat cruise. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. I learned about Port Arthur in school, many years ago, but there is so much I did not learn. After the guided tour you... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We've all heard of the Port Arthur "prison", supposedly for the "worst" of the convicts sent to Australia/Tasmania. But the story is much deep and different than that simple comment. Digging into the narrative is helped by touring the museum at Port Arthur, one that has great exhibits and an interesting way to put YOU into the story (you get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We spent almost six hours here, but could have made it longer. Magnificent setting, we found the visit so interesting, lots of history in Tasmania but this was remarkable, was surprised by how large the site is, be prepared for lots of walking but we found this added to the enjoyment, we never felt crowded by the large numbers of... More 

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We couldn't believe what good value this is $35 includes a short cruise and a guided tour as well as access to the site for 2 consecutive days. Very interesting site. Well maintained. The memorial garden was also beautiful.

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Adelaide Hills, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

One of the most beautiful places I've ever visited, old world charm, history , Australia's beginnings , sadness & overcoming adverserary, a must see for any one , take your walking shoes

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morwell
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Travelled hear with my husband . I think it is a well preserved historical site . We listened in on a tour guide describing certain things to his group and he welcomed everyone to hear him . The island of the dead I think was expensive for the short ferry ride over but if you've gone all the way there... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A glorious day made this visit memorable and stunning. Advice is to arrive as early as you can but even so its a big place so crowds are not really an issue. Terrific work has been done by the historic site in maintenance and rectification work. An overheard comment was it was to clean but my hat goes off to... More 

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Albury, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Arrived late in the afternoon and got a discounted entry price. Beautiful location. Walked around, however not a lot of information to read whilst walking around. Had dinner at the restaurant (were booked out for the time we wanted so had an early dinner). Steak was expensive (around $35) and average. Interactive are inside excellent. Ghost tour was excellent. Tour... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Atmospheric and moving memorial to the prisoners , so well presented and enthusiastic guides. photographers heaven, ferry trips around or to the 2 historic islands. One the cemetery and the other the boys prison after they were separated from the men.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We spent the day here and there is so much to take in, it was a wonderful experience to lean about the history of port Arthur. It is a very beautiful piece of country.

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