Port Arthur Historic Site

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Port Arthur Historic Site
4.5
Historic Sites • Historic Walking Areas • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Simon B
City of Greater Geelong, Australia2,141 contributions
A Wonderful Historic Site
Jan 2021 • Family
After enduring some Neanderthal teen family members who shortened my day (ok only 4 hours ha) exploring and reading signs about the magnificent site, I was disappointed to learn after leaving Port Arthur peninsula holiday that my entry ticket allowed a second day visit (would’ve return solo to continue the slow wander-enjoyment free of tech-free moaners).
Fantastic and fascinating chapter in Oz history. Architecture, gardens and stories make for adult buffs to not say “bored” !
Written May 9, 2021
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Michelle Roberts
42 contributions
Beautiful Historic site
Apr 2021
Had pre booked tickets and when we got there the queue was really long and no special line for people with pre booked tickets which was unfortunate. Bit unorganised but line moved through quickly. Did 90 minute tour with David who was very informative and definitely knew the full history of Port Arthur then we wandered around for awhile checking out the site which was quite amazing. Did the Isle of the Dead boat cruise and tour with Tammy who was a real character. This tour was also worthwhile and very interesting. The memorial for the Port Arthur massacre was such a beautiful area. Definitely need at least a day here to wander around and see everything.
Written May 6, 2021
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Liz E
Brisbane, Australia184 contributions
Absolutely fantastic
We arrived just as the doors opened. We only waited a few minutes to get our tickets. Our tour started at 10:30 our guide was brilliant. Her commentary and knowledge of the site was unbelievable. We did a short harbour cruise around the Isles of the dead and Point Puer boys prison . Back on land we managed to see as many buildings as we could in the time we had. What an impressive site,an insight to the Workings of the penal system and early colonial settlements
Written May 6, 2021
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sarah
Sydney, Australia9 contributions
Loved it! Do not miss!
Apr 2021 • Couples
Fantastic experience. The site is breathtaking. The entrance fee comes with a free 40min tour guide and a 20 minute cruise. Very well priced for what you get and a beautiful day out.
Written May 4, 2021
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Sheers
127 contributions
Isle of the dead is a must do!
Apr 2021
We spent over 5 hours at the historic site and still missed some things, it was a great day and such an interesting site. I loved looking for the people we had been given on our cards. The highlight of the day was the isle of the dead tour, it was fantastic.
Written May 2, 2021
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FrPaKr
Mittagong, Australia166 contributions
Absolute must!
Apr 2021
If you have a day (I actually wish we had longer in this area) and the weather is good, this is a must do. The grounds (100 acres) are amazing - could have spent longer wandering around the grounds, exhibits, buildings and ruins. The memorial at the Broad Arrow Cafe is so moving and beautifully done. The museum is very interesting too. Good food etc available there or you can take a picnic out to the grounds.
Written April 30, 2021
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Erica P
Coburg, Australia72 contributions
Great walking tour
Apr 2021 • Couples
A visit to Port Arthur is a must when visiting Tassie. The walking tour was great and catered to all levels of fitness. The courtesy carts were great for older visitors. Such a beautiful place. I recommend a full day dedicated to this site. Thank you all the staff who were helpful and friendly.
Written April 24, 2021
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Rudi P
1 contribution
Port Arthur
Apr 2021 • Family
Grounds are beautifully set out.
But disappointed that history focussed too much on officers and the upper echelon. Not enough on the misery and suffering of convicts.
Written April 23, 2021
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RichardMeg
Oatley, Australia264 contributions
Well worth a visit!
Apr 2021 • Couples
We enjoy history and we were really impressed today. Our guide Sue was very informative and pleasant! The site is very well maintained and there are enough informative signs around the site to enable an independent stroll around after the tour. A boat trip is also included which takes you to two islands, one was a children’s prison, the other a burial ground. The gardens are all well maintained and the museum had some great interactive displays too. Well worth a visit!
Written April 21, 2021
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NorthStar33988819972
2 contributions
Don't miss this exceptional place..
Mar 2021 • Couples
Very much an international standard with knowledgeable friendly staff, an exceptional unique experience that shouldn't be missed, lunch area comfortable but little choice in small meals - good picnic areas available though.
Written April 20, 2021
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