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Port Arthur Historic Site

Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
+61 3 6251 2310
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
+61 3 6251 2310
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Port Arthur was incredible! It was well worth the trip but we did find that time slipped away very quickly, so leaving early is recommended! There is an incredible wealth of history with beautiful ruins to reenactments of what is was like to live there...More

Thank Grace d
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting place to go for a day or half day. We learned a lot about the history of the convicts who were sent out from England. You can take boat ride around the lake, which is wonderful on a hot day, and you...More

Thank Beaufortmb
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well presented. Highly recommend doing the commandants tour (it is not only for mobility impaired persons) as the information & presentation of our guide Rob was simply fantastic. This tour also includes the harbour cruise. Don't miss out on this experience if visiting Tasmania.

Thank cskrg
Reviewed 1 week ago

Every building at Port Arthur has a story to tell. It was great to learn about our sad past and the thinking of the era. Great to know the connections with Darwin. The gardens are fantastic and the harbour cruise tour shows the pristine precinct...More

Thank Chepe L
Reviewed 1 week ago

An hour or so drive from Hobart. Started the day with a guided walking tour near the entrance to the sight summarising the history of the prison, inmates and surrounds. A very unique attraction, carefully preserved and rich in its history. a 20-30 min cruise...More

Thank badger8051
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Port Arthur Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear badger8051, Thank you for taking the time to visit Port Arthur and leave a review, great to see you put us as a must see in Tasmania! Our guided tour is a good way to start your time at Port Arthur, included in Site...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Port Arthur is a great place to visit. The history is amazing. Well worth the entry fee. The tours were very interesting. The place is well kept and maintained. All the staff are very friendly and helpful. Well worth a visit.

Thank Karen W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a freezing cold day so we took advantage of the Commandants Carriage tour which took us by electric buggy around the site for 90 mins or so. We got to see all the main buildings and had a private tour guide. I recommend...More

Thank Cathie D
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Port Arthur Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your pleasant review Cathie D! Glad you found the Commandant’s Carriage Tour a worthwhile experience, it is a great way to visit all parts of the site with your exclusive guide sharing history and tales of the expansive grounds. Thank you for your...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Got there just after 3pm and missed the last harbour cruise tour, but got offer by the ticketing officer for a half price ticket ($20) to check out the site as the it closes at around 5.30pm. Although I missed the walking guided tour and...More

Thank Chom L
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Port Arthur Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Chom L, Thanks for your kind review after a late arrival to the site. Pleased you still had a lovely explore of the site and gardens, it really is an amazing place to explore. Hope you will be able to return soon to fully...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was such a great day!! We did the ferry ride then we had the pleasure of getting tour guide Peter Lane. Peters enthusiasm was like NO other tour guide I have EVER had ANYWHERE , his passion for the history of port Arthur was...More

Thank brie k
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Port Arthur is huge as historic sites go and a little eerie. It really is an interesting insight to the extent of the British Empires control at the edge of the world. It is a stunning place and the drive from Hobart is nice in...More

Thank Alasdair W
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Port Arthur Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Alasdair W, Thanks for your kind review after your visit to the site. Sounds like you had a great time as you visited the region with plenty to see and do on the drive from Hobart. Thank you for your feedback about narrative throughout...More

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dasun s
August 19, 2017|
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Response from pohcrofter | Reviewed this property |
There are charges to visit this attraction, depending on what you choose to see/ do there. If the ship is calling on Hobart, I would expect the ship to offer a tour to this attraction (quite a long coach ride from Hobart, I... More
Lee-Anne F
August 1, 2017|
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Response from Frank M | Reviewed this property |
No BBQ at PA just take picnic basket or eat at shops. Enjoy😃
Andrew Y
April 1, 2017|
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Response from PortArthurSite | Property representative |
Hi Andrew Y, Thanks for your question re the time to allow on site. We have over 100 acre to explore at the site with over 30 historic buildings and remains to see. Within site entry you have can enjoy a 40 minute... More