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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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Umina Beach, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The drive down to Port Arthur was quite nice, surrounded by lovely scenery, rolling hills and land, the site itself is not quite what we expected-as it was a full community, as opposed to just a prison, like we thought it was. The cruise was nice, that is included in your entry price which is good, people very friendly etc... More

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Wattle Hill, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Port Arthur is only 50kms from home so it was a good day trip. Was pleasantly surprised that for a small additional fee could get a "Ticket of Leave" for access for 2 years. The tour with a guide is a most as you learn so much history in the 45 mins, and the boat trip around the isle of... More

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Melbourne
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

My daughter and I loved walking through the beautiful properties, the view, the sunshine and blue skies. We loved learning more about the history, but were a little sad that we didn't pick up any spooky feelings. They must have been hiding that day.

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We took a drive down to port Arthur on a sunny winter afternoon. it was a very nice drive with plenty of places to stop and have a look around along the way. There were a lot of roadworks on our visit so allow extra time over the next month or so. We arrived just before the next boat trip... More

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Launceston, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Awesome visit. Fantastic history! A must place to visit if in down this part of Tassie. Was very disappointed in the coffee though. Is there anywhere on the Peninsula that has decent coffee?

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Toowoomba, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We purchased a bronze pass including a tour and boat trip and spent a whole day (and evening as we did the Ghost tour too) at this amazing remnant of the past. I have to say a day just wasn't long enough to explore the site completely and in as much depth as we wanted. Every guide we spoke to... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

A must-go destination if you are visiting Tasmania. Go before sunsets and stay for the ghost tour. The place has a very different atmosphere when the sun is setting and the other tourists are gone. It was beautiful and spooky at the same time. The history is very interesting.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This place is a must we went to have a look and would go back again. It is the sort of place you go early and you will send all day there give yourself plenty of time. Take a good camera and some warm gear if it is a cold day.

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Victoria
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68 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Wow, last time I was here was 25 yrs ago and it is reallllly better now! Easy walkways, disability shuttle bus, and immaculately maintained, what a treat to be given a card as I entered and finding out about the convict I 'became' just for the first ten mins as you go in. You MUST do the Usle of the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Very good site. Unfortunately the main building is covered in scaffolding, but that work had to be done at some point. The separate prison is quite eerie and the grounds have a certain feel too. The cruise to isle of the dead was great, as was the tour guide, Jenny. Definitely worth a visit.

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