I didn't have high expectations & honestly had only really thought of this site as associated with the 'port arthur massacre,' sadly. But it is quite a beautiful site in itself set off the harbour & has beautiful grounds, gardens, & birds. There were lots of photo opportunities. We did the walking tour & then a harbour tour which was included in ticket price which panned out better as the tour guide was informative & we gathered knowledge & got a mild workout before being able to sit & relax on the cruise later in the afternoon. A sad history for convicts obviously but interesting to hear about the prisoner life & the hierarchy, behaviours, rewards etc. These were not the cliched 'stole a bunch of bread' prisoners but fairly hardened. Sad to hear that there used to be much more buildings but they were stolen away gradually or weathered down over time. There may be more to see than could easily fit into one day, but it was adequate for us. I can't recommend the cafe food as we didn't stop in there, but it seemed overpriced. On our cruise the staff were very friendly & we managed to see [the fin] of a whale which is quite rare. Overall not being particularly a history buff or an outdoors person, I would still recommend this for a day out.
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