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“Fascinating - do the walking tour with a guide.”

Port Arthur Historic Site
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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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Loved Port Arthur. My advice is to do a walking tour with a guide and the cruise around the bay.
The audio tour is not great as it consists of individual audio tracks per building rather than being one cohesive audio like at Alcatraz. With the Port Arthur audio tour you need to follow your map to a building, figure out which audio track relates to that building and then play the audio. It's rather disjointed and the tracks were not as interesting as the info provided by the guide on the walking tour.

Thank Srikantha
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Travelling from Hobart to Port Arthur Historic site, we found the trip to be an easy drive and very scenic. Unfortunately for a great deal of locals living in this beautiful part of the world have been through some ferocious bush fires, with evidence of many homes destroyed, leaving the chimney stacks towering from the ashes of their lives. This trip to what seemed to be a look into the past of what people went through to survive opened our eyes to what people have to go through now.
Port Arthur Historic site was on our bucket list and now has the big tick. This was a fantastic look into our Australian / British heritage. To see the historic building remains set into the well preserved grounds are well worth the effort of the day trip. The guide tours around the park are well worth taking. We travelled out to Isle of the Dead. This was so daunting that you could feel the solitude of the lives of the inmates here. This is a highly recommended place to visit; you may not think you have had it so hard after this interlude with our past.
Also, to note that the memorial to those people killed in the Port Arthur massacre have not been forgotten. This memorial is set in a private area so to have its own place in history is a must on your day in the past.

Thank blandwalls
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We purchased gold passes for two adults, turned up in time for morning tea (inclusive in ticket price) and the 11am tour. Sue, our guide - a school teacher- gave us a great intro to the site. Following this we went on the boat trip and tours of both Dead isle and Point Puer and met Louise a history masters student as our guide - again two two very well arranged tours. After wandering the grounds for several more hours, having a very generous lunch and afternoon tea (also included in the gold ticket price) we were impressed with the friendliness of all the staff we dealt with. We also decided to book dinner at Felons bistro and partake in the ghost tour- again with Sue the guide. The dinner was again extremely good value for money, great selection and was beautifully cooked. Once again the staff were efficient and very friendly.
We could not find one thing to complain about- even taking advantage of the option to return for a few hours the following day.
Port Arthur Historic site well and truly deserves the many tourism awards it has won. We will certainly be recommending to people to buy the gold pass!

Thank LizJB
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

This is the most interesting place we went to on Tasmania. It certainly needs two days to give it full justice and explore thoroughly. A remarkable history and very well kept. The cafes were good, but busy and the one in the entrance area was quite diorganised - we did go on a Sunday on a holiday weekend. If I went again I would take the audio tour option. If there was anything to moan about it was the length of the introductory talk, which seemed to go on forever.

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Reviewed March 30, 2013

I'm normally big on tramping around ruins but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The sound effects, informative snippets and interpretive audio (slight extra) were all spot on and added to the enjoyment and understanding. It probably helped that the weather was glorious and made the place look and feel more like a holiday resort than a former jail.

1  Thank paulreid23
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