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Address: Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
Phone Number: 0362512310
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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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$28*
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Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass
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$134*
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Private Port Arthur Historic Site Day Trip from Hobart
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$19*
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Port Arthur Ghost Tour

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Wonderful day out. This is somewhere I have always wanted to visit and it didn't disappoint. He had 2 children, 8 year old and 12 month old in a pram. No real issues taking a... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wonderful day out. This is somewhere I have always wanted to visit and it didn't disappoint. He had 2 children, 8 year old and 12 month old in a pram. No real issues taking a pram. There are alot of ruins with stairs so common sense we couldn't take pram everywhere but most places were fine. The whole site is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Was looking forward to visiting this site for a long time before we got there and it blew my expectations out of the water. All the staff and tour guides were very engaging. Loved the 'isle of the dead' would recommend this to everyone. I wish we could have stayed longer. I will definitely be back! So much history in... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Such a huge place with so much to experience! I'd suggest getting there early or perhaps spending 2 days there if you really want to take it everything. This place is massive. There is the opportunity to take a short 20 minute boat cruise around the island of the dead and point puer boys penitentiary if you have the time... More 

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Caloundra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

You really need to spend a complete day here. We did our visit on a tour from Hobart but next time we will hire a car and drive to the site. Too much to do in a few hours we were there. The must do is the guided walking tour and the isle of the dead tour.

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Thank Tryatleastonce
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My partner and I arrived after the last tour of the day had started, so we were given the option of paying for a twilight entry pass, or full entry and coming back the next day. As we were only in Tassie for a long weekend, we just did the twilight pass - although I would love to go back... More 

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Thank Katherine J
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great attraction. So thoughtfully looked after and restored. The staff were delightful. The boat trip was lovely and really wished we'd had time to hop off the boat to do the island tour. This was such a modest amount to pay for such an intresting and beautiful location. I would recommend a full day plus another half... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Today's visit was my least favorite. Maybe because of the sadness of the place and conditions but everyone should at least learn the history of this place! Gardens were beautiful! And the Church is spectacular! There is a lot of walking but not strenuous and you can go at your own pace! Take rain gear!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the moment we stepped outside the entrance building and into the settlement, my first word was "Wow!" That didn't stop all day. Immaculately kept grounds preserve a time not that long ago that shaped early Australia. The real life connection to the people of Port Arthur brings European history to our doorstep. The fallout of Napoleonic wars, the struggle... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lies behind the picturesque view is a sad story behind bars. This place is certainly worth visiting. You learn a lot of the history & at the same time caltivated by its beauty. Remember to do the ghost tour--A MUST!

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 5 1/2 hours leisurely exploring the whole historic site. The introductory free guided tour gives you an overall understanding before exploring on your own. Also the free ( included in ticket price ) harbour cruise give you more information from a different perspective, from the water. You can pay extra for a stop over and tour of the... More 

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