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“Not so spooky”

Port Arthur Ghost Tours
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Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass
Ranked #4 of 12 things to do in Port Arthur
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Tasmania's original and best Ghost Tour, in one of Australia's most significant heritage sites. After night falls, the history can feel very close indeed!Tours run nightly, rain or not, (except Christmas Day) and last approximately 90 minutes.We also offer visitors the chance to do some serious ghost hunting at Port Arthur on our exciting new adults-only, late night Paranormal Investigation Experience. Learn how to conduct paranormal investigations using the latest scientific techniques and equipment, then test for paranormal activity in what are reputedly some of Australia's most haunted buildings. Operates on the last Saturday of each month.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
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“Not so spooky”
Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

Didn't see a ghost was very disappointing. Whilst the tour guide was very enthusiastic with a great knowledge, the tour was more of a retelling of other peoples experiences rather than finding ghosts. Only toured the top part of Port Arthur which I was disappointed with. Was able to go into some parts not accessible in the day which was good. Great tour guide.

1 Thank Jess S
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“Too child friendly?”
Reviewed January 17, 2014

Heard great reviews about this tour from friends and family who have visited before.
As we were visiting as a couple, took the 9pm tour, and there were no young children on the tour I expected a tour with 'spookier' or more 'gruesome' stories. The tales we were told were almost dull however the guide did try to engage members of the audience.
I love Port Arthur and the tour could have so much more potential - maybe offering 'child friendly' tours earlier in the evening and a different one later. I actually read in the local paper The Mercury that the tour had recently been made more 'child friendly'.
A tour left 5 minutes before us, and another 5 minutes after us. This took away some of the atmosphere as we had to wait for the first group to move on, and there was pressure on the guide to move us on.
If I have kids, I will bring my children on this tour.

I saw nothing spooky in the slightest, but my sister in law states she saw a ghost in the church when she visited 2 years ago.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank Elle W
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Kate M, Public Relations Manager at Port Arthur Ghost Tours, responded to this review, January 19, 2014
Thank you for your review. It is a shame you didn't find it spooky or gruesome enough however our tour is based on documented cases of sightings from real people who lived or worked at Port Arthur and thus it would lack integrity to 'embellish' these stories.
We have taken on board your comments with respect to the timing of the Ghost tours and these have been duly passed on.
There appears to be a little confusion about the child friendly tour. This is an additional tour that we put on during the summer period and it departs during daylight, at 7:30 each evening, so that families with younger children need not miss out on the tour and for the most part, children don't find it too scary!
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Hobart, Australia
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“Funny and scary”
Reviewed January 16, 2014

This tour was great. The guide told the ghost stories very well. A little scary at times however our 12 yr old son still enjoyed it. Very worthwhile tour.

Visited January 2014
1 Thank Matt B
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“Spookily fantastic”
Reviewed January 16, 2014

We did the ghost tour as part of the 'After Dark' package which included a two course meal at Felons Restaurant. The food was amazing and such good value for money at $70pp (for the tour and dinner). Drinks weren't included in the package but we were able to purchase them as we wanted. Due to daylight saving we decided to do the 9pm tour as it was starting to get dark. Our group comprised about 20 people and they were able to cater for a less mobile gentleman in a small mobility scooter which was great. Four kerosene lanterns were handed out to members of the group prior to departing which really added to the atmosphere. There were a few children on the tour although one young girl got scared at our first stop and was taken back to the Visitors Centre. Our guide David, was great. We learned so much about the history of the site and were captivated by his narration. The separate gaol was particularly spooky - by the time we got there it was fully dark and the sky was clouded over. The tour could be quite scary for young children - although we had one young girl of about 5 or 6 who held the lantern at the front for the whole 90 minutes of the tour and wasn't fazed one bit. The guide signs a 'Bravery' certificate for everyone at the end of the tour. We didn't want one, but it is a great idea for the kids.
Cameras are allowed although they ask you use them without the flash. I think they shouldn't be allowed at all because it takes away the atmosphere of the tour - particularly due to the inability of some people to disable the flash on their cameras.
I can't recommend this tour highly enough. It was absolutely fantastic.

Visited January 2014
1 Thank MissMiquela
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Gold Coast, Australia
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“Port Arthur Ghost Tours”
Reviewed January 14, 2014

Definitely a fun thing to do. If you want a really eerie experience, but sure to choose a tour that sets off when it's dark. As well as wandering the historic site, surrounded by shadows, you'll learn a lot about the penitentiary history from your guide, and you'll come away with a greater understanding of the hardship and horrors the convicts of Port Arthur went through. The stories of ghosts are very entertaining, although maybe a bit too scary for small children. Ghosts do not appear on cue, so if you don't see one, don't walk away disappointed. There's no guarantees with the paranormal. I heard one visitor comment that he'd come a long way to Port Arthur just to see a ghost, and he was upset that one didn't appear for him, but clearly his expectations were too high. The experience itself is the attraction, regardless of whether you see anything paranormal or not. It's spooky enough for most visitors just to walk those dark pathways at night, and visit places like the old mortuary with its table still standing. A few rabbits and small native creatures will be rustling around in the bushes most nights, to add to the spooky sound effects of the tour. Go with an open mind and the expectation of some entertaining fun, and you'll enjoy the tour.

Visited January 2014
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