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Address: Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
Phone Number:
0362512310
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$83.23*
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Tasmania Sightseeing Pass: See Tasmania Card
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US$19.09*
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Port Arthur Ghost Tour

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While it can be emotionally draining, yet it is an essential visit for all with an interest in Australia.

We have been to Port Arthur now three times and each time I learn something new, and always find it moving and even a little depressing. I was drawn back this time as I have... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been to Port Arthur now three times and each time I learn something new, and always find it moving and even a little depressing. I was drawn back this time as I have discovered a distant ancestor was a senior officer of the garrison there in the 1830s. So it was with a keener eye I looked around... More 

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Egham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent a day here doing the walking tour and boat trip around the Isle of the Dead in the morning, and walking round all the buildings and ruins on the afternoon. Absolutely amazing site, and we'll deserving of its World Heritage status. I 'must see' if you're spending time in Tasmania. Allow one full day at least to look round... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It had been 20 since I had been to Port Arthur, and it was worth doing again. The audio tour provides you with great information and great for the children to see and understand the story of Port Arthur.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I thought I would be disappointed due to the very bad weather...but the show at The Penitentiary saved my day! It is a very interesting way to tell the stories and "live" the history at this place. I watched all four of them. I'm especially impressed by the passion and the professionalism of the actors! :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This site will give you a insight into early life in Australia. You won't be disappointed at the story telling. Every born and bred Australian should spend a day here and learn how this country was forged. It is an inspirational tale. The staff are very friendly and helpful. There is so much to see. It is a delicious taste... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Port Arthur is an easy day trip from Hobart. The site is in a beautiful natural setting and it's not that hard to imagine what life would have been like here in the 1840's. It's an important part of Australian history that is well preserved in many of the buildings and artifacts. We stopped off for a swim at a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We got there as early as we could. We enjoyed the display in the information Centre. The walking tour was a good way to familiarize yourself with the site. There really is so much to see here. The boat trip is also well worth it. We elected not to go to the two islands, I think that was to my... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent the whole day there. I never knew there was so much to know about convict history plus the military & support facilities for the convicts housed there. The historic site has been totally refurbished even cottages, churches etc. You could get a total glimpse of the people who were there. We stayed for the ghost tour and that... More 

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Kangaroo Island, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is definitely 2 or 3 days worth of seeing. The island tours are a must see, although they are a bit rushed due to the ferry schedules and they are guided so no taking your time seeing your own things was the only downer. Some of the stories of the prisoner treatment were very sad to hear, so some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a trip I was keen to make whilst travelling Australia and it did not disappoint. There is no denying it is an expensive day out. Including a snack and drink I spent about $55. But it really is worth it. There is so much to see here. The visitor centre with its numerous and inviting displays is wonderful.... More 

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