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Address: Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
Phone Number: +61362512300
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Brilliant..A fascinating introduction to Port Arthur, its people and its past. The tour provides an overview of the most significant places on the Site. Definitely worth... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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Gold Coast, Australia
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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

Brilliant..A fascinating introduction to Port Arthur, its people and its past. The tour provides an overview of the most significant places on the Site. Definitely worth including in your tour..

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

I thought this would be the usual open buildings/plaques/museum location. What was special was the 45min introductory tour - sorry I did not get the guide's name - spoken with enthusiasm, and full of really good facts; this was not a place of mindless brutality but part of a system to improve lives, and he cleared up a lot of... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

We drove from Hobart and spent quite a few hours at Port Arthur before returning to Hobart the same day. This is a must-see attraction for visitors to Tasmania. Port Arthur,together with the surrounding area, warrants a couple of days exploring - there is interesting coastline, including Hell's Kitchen and a Blowhole. Port Arthur is now very attractive, with lovely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

This is the second time I have been to Port Arthur - the first was early '97 not long after the tragic massacre. I have read a review that suggests that the old cafe should have remained - I disagree, I think it is important to remember but it should not be the main focus for anyone's visit. Nor do... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This was my second visit to the site & I enjoyed it just as much. There is plenty of walking involved if you want to see the reconstructed parts. Make sure you go on the cruise & the tour of the Island of the dead, its only a short walk but the tour guides really bring it to life!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

I think this site speaks for itself & doing it the " English" way would be too touristy & artificial . It is a pretty place but I am sure in its time that it was definitely not like that . Beautiful gardens to wander through - a lovely memorial to the Port Arthur massacre victims which is tasteful &... More 

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Ipswich, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This is the 2nd and last time I will never go back to Port Arthur. Cant recommend it. You can cover the whole site in 2 hours. Just a static attraction of old brick artifacts. Should be an experience. What a mistake to destroy the broad arrow cafe. It is history to. I went to the cafe straight after the... More 

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Adelaide Hills, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Absolutely a step back in time love this place ,so much history so well looked after , so pretty and surreal ,sad memories and historic memories all at the same time, A must see Andrew for all ages like sure you take your walking shoes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Loved this place. So much. From the staff to our tour guide, the views, the location, and the vast amount of history that has been beautifully and respectfully preserved, this place lived up to all my expectations plus more! My 4 kids, aged 5-10, loved it as much as I did. I would love to come back and explore some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Some people will say it's an expensive entry fee, but you have to ask how much it costs to maintain a site this large. We paid the standard fee and the main attraction was closed at the time, AND we still had a lovely time. Lots of beautiful scenery, and historical buildings make for interesting viewing (and reading!). The tour... More 

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