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Address: Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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History at its finest

We visited Port Arthur during a whirlwind tour of Tasmania. We arrived early knowing that we would have to leave by 4pm to make our next stop. We had pre-booked tickets which... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited Port Arthur during a whirlwind tour of Tasmania. We arrived early knowing that we would have to leave by 4pm to make our next stop. We had pre-booked tickets which included an introductory tour, a harbour cruise and a boat trip out to Point Puer Boys Prison. Unfortunately the weather on the day we visited was windy and... More 

Thank Amy S
Buderim, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Most disappointing touristy thing we did on our trip. The staff looked bored and were generally disinterested, the cafe was like an old worldly supermarket food hall , ordinary overpriced food. Why not a bit of Tasmania's fantastic local produce? Like at Mona. The site is quite interesting but started off with a " walking tour" which is not a... More 

Thank antonyhawkings
Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great day out. The drive out was fantastic with hardly any traffic. Some great photo opportunities on the way of the stunning scenery. Port Arthur itself was a great attraction with loads to do. The harbour cruise was included in the admission fee. Make sure both give yourselves enough time to give this excellent venue the time it deserves

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent 5 hours walking around which also included a boat ride around Isle if the Dead and an introductory walking tour of the Site. Both guides very knowledgeable about the history, the site and the convicts. We are at the Felons restaurant before taking the ghost tour. The ghost tour was very insightful about the people who lived there... More 

Thank Lynn P
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This prison site includes not only the skeleton of the prison but separate solitary confinement building, museum, memorial to the 35 people killed in 1996, remainder of the church after a fire, shells of the mental hospital and paupers' building, housing for main ship builder, physician and other staff, the island of over a thousand convicts' and civilians' graves, and... More 

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Brisbane Region, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the Penitentiary site not knowing quite what to expect, but with a background of hype from others who had visited... in the event, we were very pleasantly surprised by the overall impact, plus the added values from the guided tour and the "boat ride". We left the site reluctantly right at the close of the day's proceedings, having... More 

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Brighouse, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I could easily have spent a day here. Unfortunately I only had about 4 hours. The introductory tour is a great way to start,particularly if you don't know much about the history. The tour round the harbour is also worth doing (wrap up!) Both are included in the ticket price. If I had longer I would have liked to have... More 

Thank Eleanor108
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The one day bus tour was led by Adeline our tour guide and driver. We were picked up at our hotel on time and after several additional stops briefed about the the itinerary and activities for the day. After several interesting stops en route we arrived at Port Arthur to be briefed about the site and points of interest. Our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We could have spent much longer here but due to travel constraints tried to see has much as we could, this was helped by the lovely ladies going around in shuttles to save on some of the walking, the settlement covers a large area. They have also placed a couple of rest areas and cafes around the site We had... More 

Thank Kiwis2NthShoreAuck
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Not to be missed on any trip to Tasmania. Fascinating glimpse into the convict history of Australia. So many interesting stories relating to the convicts, soldiers and civilians living in this area. Out walking tour guide Andrew really brought the history to life with his passionate storytelling skills and in depth knowledge of Port Arthur. The boat tour of the... More 

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