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Address: Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 6251 2310
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Port Arthur Historic Site is the best-preserved convict settlement in...

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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US$28.04*
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Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass
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US$82.61*
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Tasmania Sightseeing Pass: See Tasmania Card
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US$132.63*
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Private Port Arthur Historic Site Day Trip from Hobart

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This is a must, see trip via the Gray Line buses. 10 out of 10

Apprehensive, was going to drive ourselves but glad we went via the Gray line bus tour. Great value, the driver Nigel was knowledgable, interesting and funny. this made the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Ottawa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent an hour in Port Arthur ahead of the Three Capes Hike. It's a well-preserved, well-explained and the guided tours bring it to life, but at the end of the day, it's a penal colony from the 19th century that we simply didn't find to be that interesting.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Apprehensive, was going to drive ourselves but glad we went via the Gray line bus tour. Great value, the driver Nigel was knowledgable, interesting and funny. this made the journey a pleasant, informative trip. Included on the trip were Devil's kitchen and why it is called that, also the Tasman arch, with great stories and jokes together with the commentary... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I spent most of a day here and you need to spend that sort of time to really take it in. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The grounds are are very well kept which is great but it does distract from the harshness of what it would have been like. The tour Gide was very... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Knowing very little about the history of this meant it was very interesting. Recommend taking advantage of the tour guide included in the admission price. Our guide was young looking (spitting image of Bear Grylls) but was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He integrated humour and history and his own views and opinions which made it enjoyable! Would probably say it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Going back to Port Arthur after 20 years, the brutal history of the original site was doubled by the events of 20 years ago. Still a must see when in Tassie and take the day to soak up, not only the history but also the beauty of this place! Included in the entry fee is a short boat trip to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

at first the admission seemed a little high but with a tour both of the site and on the harbour around it, it seems good value. would want to visit again

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An exceptional site...scenically, as well as historically & culturally...so much to see. The ticket INCLUDES a boat trip around the bays with an interesting commentary...AND a walking guide to the main prison areas; giving further insights into settlement life . Guide sheets, booklets & panels provide plenty information as you walk around the area. The ticket is also valid for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited in November 2016 for the first time and can only agree it is a must do for a part of Australia's convict history. The whole set up is very professional with all visitors able to get a free intro tour and a harbour cruise. Then free to wander the site to inspect more buildings. The prison set up by... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the second penal colony/prison I visited in Australia and I preferred it to the Fremantle prison. The visit typically starts with a 40’ walking tour that just shows some of the highlights. This can be followed by a short tour of the bay on a motorized catamaran (20’). The boat makes stops at the Isle of the Dead... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a long awaited trip for me as I have been to Tassie on numerous occasions and didn't have time to visit. This is a must do to get an understanding of our heritage and the harshness of the early life of settlers and convicts.

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