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Address: Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
Phone Number: 61362512310
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Port Arthur Historic Site is the best-preserved convict settlement in...

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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I did my own thing on a cruise visit,that way you can avoid the tender queues. I only did it to get a bit of solid land under me( bass straight was rocky),as id been there... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Sydney, Australia
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121 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I did my own thing on a cruise visit,that way you can avoid the tender queues. I only did it to get a bit of solid land under me( bass straight was rocky),as id been there before,but a few years ago. Surprisingly,there was stuff I hadnt seen before. Make sure you go to the furtherest away buildings.And read the free... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just didn't get it. We had mum with walking issues. The courtesy vehicle would only take her so we spent the entire time trying to work out where he took her next. The map is confusing. Definitely not mobility issue friendly. Oh and don't ask about Martin Bryant!

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Perth, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When I first arrived I figured I wouldn't stay at Port Arthur for more that a couple of hours. I ended up staying the whole day. The site is much bigger then it seems. Your ticket gives you a ferry ride around the harbour. There are two islands you can visit for an extra cost; an island cemetery and the... More 

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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A long anticipated visit to Port Arthur started well, the lady at the ticket office couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful. She gave us tickets for the 10 a.m. introductory tour to be followed by the boat trip at 11 a.m. Seemed perfect ... except that it wasn't! All the people waiting for the 40 minute introductory tour were... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

When here thinking how boring but what a surprise reading the crimes and the sentences they received we just can't believe. Stealing a hanky and a scarf life. Stealing boxes of tea life. There is a strange feeling around the place is it from its recent history or from the past. How the people survived and what they built is... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited Port Arthur, the guides were knowledgable, the exhibitions interesting and the site kept in an excellent condition. But for me there was much too reading. An audio guide with some stories of what happened to the prisoners after they were released would have been good, or some actors playing the parts of the prisoners.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went for the two day ticket that included the trip over to Point Puer and Isle of the Dead ,with the boat trip .We did this on the first afternoon .Both stop offs were fascinating and well worth doing . That night we returned to do the Ghoat Tour which was very well done and interesting but a bit... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We'd been told by many people that Port Arthur was a must see when we were in Tasmania and it lived up to expectations. We got an insight into the history of the place, mainly focusing on the convict era with the events of 1996 hardly being mentioned other than pointing towards the memorial garden. The entry fee isn't cheap,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The ruins of the penal colony at Port Arthur have got to be the main attraction of the area. The story is very interesting and helps define who Australians and Tasmanians are. However, the cost is significant and our "guide" walked us outside, into the rain, to give his information without ever entering a building. The tour is primarily self-guided... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Second time here in 10 years and it was so exciting to see more uncovered and discovered. *The boat ride (which is included in day ticket) around the Isle of the Dead is a fun and informative 20 minute tour. *You are allowed walk around and pick the fruit in season in the orchards and see how old the original... More 

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