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Port Arthur Historic Site

Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
+61362512300
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Traveler 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... more »
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed Port Arthur more than I thought I would. It was beautifully presented with helpful staff and we were transported back in time with the amount of information available to us.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

I have been to Port Arthur a number of times and it is always a reminder of our brutal past and it was brutal indeed.There are many walking trails ,guided tours and tours to the Isle of the dead. There is a lovely memorial garden set up to remind us of our most recent tradegy there, but it seems to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you have an opportunity, spend the day here. It is a beautiful drive from Hobart to Port Arthur. The grounds are lovely yet thought provoking. Worth a visit!

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Was quiet in winter but amazing a site to see. Well done out and authentic, much better than we had thought.

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Queenstown, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

We found that the site itself is very interesting and informative. The main prison block is undergoing conservation works so this prevented entry into that section. Given this we were dissapointed that some of the other buildings were also closed.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

The last time we came to Port Arthur was 22 years ago on our honeymoon. Some changes made in this time, the memorial gardens are set up beautifully with peace in mind. The boat trip was great and the history lesson on the area excellent very hilly in some areas to walk but they do have a golf buggy to... More

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Tasmania, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

I have been to Port Arthur a number of times now and every time I experience something different. Entrance fee covers you for two days and includes a walking and a boat tour. Both are great and well worth doing (but I think you walk more to and from the ferry than you do on the actual walking tour). The... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We made this a whole day trip from Hobart allocate about 3 hours driving time round trip, it is a bit windy so if you're not good on road trips maybe take some ginger tablets or opt for a bus tour. the historic site is an amazing part of our Australian History, definitely needed a full day to explore its... More

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Melbourne
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Disappointed major jail attraction closed for renovations. Expensive food and entry fees. Go on the cruise only great thing about the place. The site is large, muddy and full of possum poo. The ghost tour is ridiculous. Tour guide moved fast through the dark fast very dangerous, stories were pathetic and no ghosts to be seen. Don't stay overnight at... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

We were really happy when we found out the entry fee included 2 days entry. This allowed us to go back the second day and get some more photos before heading off. Please allow a full day to see Port Arthur as there is a lot to see!

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