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“A Great Experience”

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 Historic Site 2-Day Pass
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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.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“A Great Experience”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

Beautiful sceneries and old buildings and ruins. A really good place to walk around and take pictures.

Visited April 2013
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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“Wow the ghost tour is the best”
Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

Make sure you book ahead to reserve your place as this tour sells out regularly.

Wear some comfy shoes and volunteer for a lantern holder so as to be involved totally in the experiences.

Visited April 2013
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“Wonderful, Moving Experience”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We were on a cruise ship docked in Hobart for the day and used Eye See Personalised Tours (highly recommended - see separate review under Hobart) to take us to Port Arthur. We arrived early - a good thing since it gets busy - and used Judy Livingston of Eye See as our guide.

The site shows prison life from the start of the penal system in Australia to its end when Port Arthur was taken out of service. Many of the older buildings are just shells, but you the imagine from what is there what conditions these prisoners had to live in. The Separate Prison, using the "new" system where prisoners were kept in solitary confinement to contemplate what they had done was especially moving - this building is very well restored back to what it looked like in the mid-nineteenth century.

We also loved the Commandant's House. The views of the bay are beautiful.

This is a must see for anyone wanting to experience the start of Australia via the penal system. Don't miss it!

Visited March 2013
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Buderim, Australia
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“Wow this place is great. Very historic and is a must to see”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

Well some 14 years ago we visited this place and a lot has happened since. be warned you need a full day to see the place so take a packed lunch or eat there. You pay for what you want and I would certainly get one of the mobile self talking guides which come with a map. When you get there do the boat trip so watch your time then once you have done that they you can walk aroung the site and see the most amazing places. After lunch you can visit the interactive exhibit on the lower floor which even as an adult is good and very informative. All Australians should visit this place at some time in the life. Yes, another bucket list item

Visited March 2013
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Willingboro, New Jersey
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“Great historic site, enjoy at your own pace”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

Although the weather kept threatening rain (and sprinkled for a short time), we were thrilled that we made the drive from Hobart out to Port Arthur. The site itself is beautiful, and having the option for a guided tour, self-guided tour, or both, you can explore Port Arthur at your own pace. Although the original purpose of the site is sobering, the buildings and landscape are so beautiful that it lends itself to wonderful pictures.

Rather than eating at the main cafe in the building when you enter, we found an alternate cafe located near the solitary confinement building. The food was simple but tasty, offered a nice selection (including a number of vegetarian options), and wasn't crowded like the other cafe had been.

Certainly take the time to use the prisoners card they give you when you check in to tour the museum in the lower floor of the visitors center. The background information was great, and made for a unique experience.

The only minor letdown was the boat tour of the harbor, which really appeared to be just a boat dropping people off at other sites (the island with the cemetery did look like it would've been worth a look if we had allowed more time).

Overal, it was a great place to visit,and worth the time and effort to get there.

Visited March 2013
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