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Port Arthur Question: How much time on average is needed?

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Port Arthur Question: How much time on average is needed?

On average, how much time is needed to visit Port Arthur. In addition, can someone list all the sights and attractions that should not be missed when visiting Port Arthur? Thank you

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1. Re: Port Arthur Question: How much time on average is needed?

Port Arthur is a good day trip from hobart... as for what to see.. it all depends on how much of an australian history fan you are.

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2. Re: Port Arthur Question: How much time on average is needed?

The official website of Port Arthur Historical Site gives you a lot of good information about what to see and do in Port Arthur and how much time you should schedule to see these attrations. We went a few years ago and did what is now called the "Silver Pass". We did the tour of the Isle of the Dead, which was facinating (but I would have liked to have had time to do the tour of Point Puer as well.) They are not kidding when they say that it takes a full day (10am to 5 pm) to see and do all of what is included on the Silver Pass. We also stayed later and did the Ghost Tour which is absolutely one of the BEST ghost tours I have ever been on (and I have been on lots all over the world.) If anyplace is going to be haunted, it has to be Port Arthur. If you decide to stay for the ghost tour, consider staying in the area for the night or be VERY careful driving back to Hobart due to wildlife possibly being on the roads.

If you are only mildly interested in Australian history, then the Bronze Pass should give you a good introduction to the history of Port Arthur. The walking tour is good and the visitor's center with its "Lottery of Life" exhibit is fascinating.

Note: the sample itineraries on the website don't specifically mention the amount of time to allow for the Visitor's Center and "Lottery of Life". We already knew a lot about the history of Port Arthur before we visited, yet we spent at least an hour in these exhibits. If you are not familiar with the history of this site, I think you would want to allow at least an hour for the Visitor's Center exhibits as well.

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3. Re: Port Arthur Question: How much time on average is needed?

Hi swdke,

If you have any interest in the history of convict transportation and tehir place in Oz history, you'll need a full day at Port Arthur.

The settlement has 5 or 6 buildings (penitentiary, model prison, hospital, powder magazine, asylum etc) each of which has its own features and history. Point Puer and the Isle of the Dead are optional add-on tours.

Also, there are geological features of some interest near Port Arthur: main ones are the blowhole and Tasmans Arch. These are well worth a short detour.

The journey from Hobart to Port Arthur is an hour plus a few scenic stops.

Hope this helps.

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4. Re: Port Arthur Question: How much time on average is needed?

We got pretty good value for the 24 hour pass - beginning with the Ghost tour at night and then almost all of the next day.

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