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Port Arthur - Historic Experience & Spectacular Scenery

23 May 2010  Bush walking, exploring, SCUBA diving and kayaking in this area is exhilarating.
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 2 votes

Visiting Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula is a special experience if you are a lover of the outdoors and spectacular scenery.

  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Seniors, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Port Arthur Self Contained Waterfront Accommodation

    This two storey house has three bedrooms, two bath rooms and upstairs and downstairs lounge areas. The views of Carnarvon Bay from the upstairs lounge and balcony are truly special. The panorama of the Isle of the Dead, the boats, the sunrise and sunset and the waterbirds is very relaxing. The kitchen is fully equipped and the upstairs lounge has a wood heater and a heat pump. All bedrooms have electric heaters and the beds have electric blankets. The house is located within walking distance of the Port Arthur Historic site along a picturesque coastal track.

  • 2. Port Arthur Historic Site

    The Port Arthur Historic Site is one of Tasmania's most popular tourist destinations. The entry fee to the site is valid for two days to allow sufficient time to explore the many buildings and to stroll around the lovely gardens. The fee also entitles one to a cruise around the Isle of the Dead, although a tour of the Island to view the graves and hear it's related stories incurs an extra cost. Many people also return to the Site at night for the chilling Ghost Tour.

    Another historic site that is well worth visiting is the Underground Cells at Saltwater River. Here the convicts endured terrible conditions mining coal during the day and sleeping in underground cells at night. There is no entry fee to this site.

  • 3. Tasman Island Cruises

    Finances permitting, this cruise is not to be missed!!! The cruise takes about three hours and follows the Tasman Peninsula coastline between Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur. The sea cliffs at Cape Pillar are truly spectacular rising to a height of 300 meters. Tasman Island with it's lighthouse and seal colonies is always impressive. Along the way you will also see sea caves, numerous sea birds, most likely dolphins and possibly migrating whales.

  • 4. Long and Short Walks

    There are numerous world class walks on the Tasman Peninsula. Standing on the edge of Australia's tallest sea cliffs at 300 meters can be quite scary, but the view is breath taking.

    The Tasman Coastal Trail - Starts at Waterfall Bay and continues to Fortescue Beach, out to Cape Hauy and on to Cape Pillar.

    Cape Raoul
    Crescent Bay
    Mount Brown
    Devil's Kitchen and Waterfall Bay
    Bivouac Bay
    Coal Mines Historic Site

  • 5. Tasman Peninsula Diving

    The Tasman Peninsula has some fabulous dive sites. The local dive shop at Eaglehawk Neck provides bunkhouse accommodation for up to 12 divers and runs dive courses and open water dives all year round...weather permitting. This area is famous for its sea caves, tunnels and canyons - the largest being the Cathederal Cave. The wreck of the SS "Nord" is also popular, as are the giant kelp forests with the bizarre but beautiful weedy sea dragons.