Port Arthur Historic Site
Arthur Highway, Port Arthur
From $40 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. It is the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia and among the most significant convict era sites in the world. 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. The site combines history and scenic beauty with innovative interpretation to tell the stories of the harsh regime of the penal colony. All entry passes are valid for two consecutive days and include a 40 minute guided tour and a 25 minute harbour cruise.
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. Extend your visit with the onsite restaurant - 1830, where diners can enjoy fresh local produce with views out over the World Heritage site, or stop by the café after a day exploring or before your evening Ghost Tour.
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.