Port Arthur Historic Site
Arthur Highway, Port Arthur
From $39 per person*Contact us to book
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site, located 90 minutes’ drive southeast of Hobart, brings Australia’s early convict history to life. A beautiful place with a harsh history, the site is an essential experience on any Tasmanian holiday.
As the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia, Port Arthur is the best place to experience and connect with the origins of contemporary Australian culture. Port Arthur was described as a machine for grinding rogues into honest men. It was a bold experiment in the punishment and reform of criminals.
There is a lot to see and do with more than 30 historic buildings and ruins to explore, spread throughout the 100 acres of grounds and gardens. Entry to the site includes a 40 minute guided tour, a 25 minute harbour cruise and access to the site for up to 2 consecutive days.
Discover how the convicts, officers, soldiers and their families lived and for those brave enough to venture out at night, the ever popular Ghost Tour begins after dark. The site is open from 9am until dusk each day, and visitor guides and maps are provided in multiple languages. Free WiFi is available on site.