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Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass

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    Spread across 100 acres (40 hectares) on the Tasman Peninsula, jutting out from Tasmania’s southeast coast, the Port Arthur Historic Site is home to more than 30 historical structures and ruins that once made up a convict settlement. Your 2-day pass to this now World Heritage–listed site gives you access to explore as much as you want during your time here.
    You may visit and participate in the included attractions and activities in whichever order you prefer, but it’s suggested that you begin with the 40-minute introduction tour to orient yourself with the site and hear about the background of the penal colony and its prisoners. Then catch the MV Marana for a 20-minute harbor cruise, listening to onboard narration as you view the Dockyards, Point Puer Boys Prison, the Isle of the Dead Cemetery and Tasman National Park from the water.
    In order to provide an educational yet entertaining way to explore the site, you’ll be given a ‘convict playing card’ with your pass. Use it to follow the life story of one of Port Arthur’s past prisoners, learning what he did to become incarcerated, his specific journey to the penal colony and what life was like for him and others in 1800s Australia and Britain.
    Visit the Dockyards, where prisoners built high-quality ships in the 1830s, and listen to a ‘soundscape’ to hear sounds and voices from the active yard, making you feel like you’ve gone back to the 19th century. Then journey along the Convict Water Supply Trail, learning about the colony’s flour-production operation, and visit the Museum and Convict Study Centre to find out if any of your ancestors are in the prisoner database. In the old Asylum building, learn more details about life as a convict, and then check out the Commandants House and Junior Medical Officers House to see how the other side lived.
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    Reviewed June 22, 2019 via mobile

    Very good excellent staff good amenities cruise staff brilliant well worth a visit. Plenty of information available

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Robert Graham B
    PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Port Arthur Ghost Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2019

    Thank you for your review, Robert. We are so pleased you enjoyed your day. Kind regards the Port Arthur Historic Site team

    Reviewed April 24, 2019 via mobile

    My husband and I visited this historic site today, we had read a few of the comments before going so we're pleasantly surprised, the initial introductory tour was well presented and highly informative. We were then left to investigate before going on the cruise, every...More

    2  Thank Siamraine
    PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Port Arthur Ghost Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2019

    Dear Siamraine Thank you for your review and we are so pleased you had such a great experience. We appreciate your kind words about Graham and these have been passed onto him. Regards the Port Arthur Historic Site team

    Reviewed April 19, 2019 via mobile

    Was reluctant to pay $80 for both of us to get in but once I realised it included river cruise and 40 min guide, it was worth it. Staff were friendly and extremely knowledgeable. The staff driving the golf buggies were very friendly. So much...More

    Thank teeladee73
    Reviewed February 17, 2019

    We only had time for one day, but I would recommend taking two days to explore this interesting historical place. There was so much to absorb in a short time. The leisurely 40 minute cruise round the islets to see the boys' prison and the...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    2  Thank Jane B
    PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Port Arthur Ghost Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2019

    Dear Jane B Thank you for visiting Port Arthur and taking the time to write a review. The introductory tour is meant to introduce the site to visitors, highlighting some of the buildings and providing a brief insight into the lives of those who lived...More

    Reviewed December 25, 2018 via mobile

    We received this pass as a gift and what a gift it was. Two days is definitely the go, as you get a bit of ruins fatigue after looking at so many things. Visit the park again later in day near closing for the solitude...More

    1  Thank ET3121
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    Carolyn K
    August 18, 2019|
    Response from teeladee73 | Reviewed this property |
    I think the pass gets you in for 2 days anyway. They have tickets for several tours. Check out their website.
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