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“Ghost Tour wasn't scary at all”

Port Arthur Historic Site
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Small-Group Tasmania Convict Trail and Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart
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Port Arthur Tour from Hobart
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Port Arthur
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Ghost Tour wasn't scary at all”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

We paid $25 each for the ghost tour at 9.05pm (sunsets around this time during summer). our guide was excellent in her story-telling, plus the cold and wet night, it was a good and fun 90min tour round the various sites. Credits to the guide's effort in trying to spook the atmosphere but it wasn't that scary after all.

Visited December 2012
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Hobart, Australia
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“History Brought to Life”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Just had another visit to Port Arthur - lost count of how many times I have been there, but there is always something new to see, or experience. I particularly enjoy taking new visitors to this iconic Tasmanian site - my own knowledge increases each time. At certain times of the year there are short plays performed around the site and these are a great way to learn more about the lives of the inmates. The calibre of acting and the scripts are excellent and a visit is worthwhile just for these plays, but of course there is so much more to see. Do not miss Port Arthur!

Visited December 2012
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Hobart, Australia
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“Jenni is a great tour guide!”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

It was a bit of a mad dash to get us all off our tour coach and into Port Arthur - it was a really busy day, but Jenni took care of everything. She met us at the bus and then gave us an excellent, interesting 45 minute tour, with lots of good stories and information. The best thing was that she moved us around the site a lot so we got to look at where things are before we went exploring on our own. This place is big! We really enjoyed it and Jenni made it very entertaining and explained so much. Thanks Jenni.

Visited December 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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“An air of serenity considering the history”
Reviewed December 25, 2012

We had never been to Tasmania before and this is a must stop. It puts "the Fatal Shore" into context. Hard to fathom that these "hardened" criminals some boys as young as 9 years were exported to the colonies as essentially indentured servants. The docents for the tours were an excellent source of history and gave life to people interned there and their guards. The price of admission is for two days if you want to come back to revisit the next day. When one views the ruins in the twilight it is incredible serene and beautiful.

Visited October 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A must to learn about and appreciate.”
Reviewed December 24, 2012

Everything about this site is truly beautiful. As you learn about this property & the past, it is extremely hard to fathom how it could once be. To sit back on a bench and ponder, there is no better place in Tasmania to do that.

Visited November 2012
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