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Port Arthur Historic Site Entry Ticket

1. Port Arthur Historic Site Entry Ticket

Enjoy full access to Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula with an entry ticket valid for daytime entry for two consecutive days.  Located 90 minutes from Hobart, the Historic Site has over 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes set in 40 hectares of landscaped grounds. Discover fun, interactive experiences for all ages such as the Lottery of Life and the Museum and Convict Study Centre in the Asylum building.  Explore the Convict Water Supply Trail and the Dockyard.  Allow plenty of time to fully experience all that Port Arthur has to offer! Your admission includes a visitor guide with a map and a 40-minute guided walking tour that gives you a great introduction to Port Arthur, its people, and its past. As part of your admission, you can also enjoy a 25-minute harbor cruise on the MV Marana. The walking tours and cruises run several times a day, subject to availability.

Port Arthur: Tour with Isle of the Dead Cruise

2. Port Arthur: Tour with Isle of the Dead Cruise

Cross the Tasman Bridge, and head out on the Tasman Highway over the Pittwater Causeway onto Forestier Peninsula. Admire the pristine beauty of Pirates Bay, Eaglehawk Neck, and Norfolk Bay. Visit Abel Tasman National Park, where you’ll marvel at the spectacle of the Tasman Arch and enjoy superb views of the rugged coastline. You’ll be amazed at the magnitude of the Devil's Kitchen. Explore Port Arthur, where you’ll take a guided walking tour of the historic convict site, with access to over 30 restored buildings and ruins. See the penitentiary, the separate prison, the commandant's house, and the church.

Port Arthur Tour & Cruise Day Trip from Hobart

3. Port Arthur Tour & Cruise Day Trip from Hobart

Depart Hobart at 07:30 on a full-day tour exploring Tasmania’s ruthless convict past, and experience the rugged landscapes of the Tasman Peninsula along the way. Start with a visit to the well-preserved colonial village of Richmond, where sights include Australia's oldest bridge still in use. Then, head south to the Tasman Peninsula and enter the Tasman National Park for some amazing views of the coastline and sea. Upon arrival at the Port Arthur Historic Site, learn the story of the convict settlement and the chilling realities of life as a prisoner amid the preserved jail ruins on a guided tour. Hear more about the penal colony's terrible past. Take a cruise of the harbor to see the site from a different perspective, and get a look at the Isle of the Dead where those who died at the prison were laid to rest in mass graves. Return to Hobart, and benefit from the opportunity to stop by the remarkable geological formations of the Tasman Arch, Devil's Kitchen and Blow Hole. Get dropped off in Hobart at approximately 17:30 at the end of the tour services.

Hobart: Full Day Tour to Port Arthur with Admission

4. Hobart: Full Day Tour to Port Arthur with Admission

Interpretive and interactive presentations at the Port Arthur Historical Site bring to reality the harrowing life of convicts 2 centuries ago. This full-day tour from Hobart ensures that you have maximum time at the site. You’ll cross the Tasman Bridge, and head out on the Tasman Highway over the Pitwater Causeway onto Forestier Peninsula. Admire the pristine beauty of Pirates Bay, Eaglehawk Neck, and Norfolk Bay. Visit Tasman National Park, where you’ll marvel at the spectacle of Tasman Arch and enjoy superb views of the rugged coastline. You’ll be amazed at the magnitude of the Devil's Kitchen! Finally, you’ll have a chance to explore Port Arthur, where you’ll take a guided walking tour of the historic convict site, with access to over 30 restored buildings and ruins. See the penitentiary, the separate prison, the commandant's house, the church, and more. On Saturdays, the tour includes a visit to Hobart’s Salamanca Market. Delight in a shopping experience at this popular, colourful outdoor marketplace. You'll have time to explore the market at leisure for approximately 2 hours. Then, you will need to meet your coach at 11:00 to continue on with the Port Arthur tour and acquire a sense of Australia’s convict era and the early settlement of Tasmania.

Port Arthur: Shuttle Express Round Trip From Hobart

5. Port Arthur: Shuttle Express Round Trip From Hobart

This is Tasmania's only dedicated shuttle bus service to Port Arthur. Travel in comfort on air-conditioned vehicles driven by a friendly local driver. Once you reach the historic site you will have four hours to explore and soak up the incredible history and scenery at the multi award-winning Port Arthur. The times allocated runs in conjunction with guided walking tours and allows enough time to do the boat cruise to the Isle of the dead if you choose. From the moment you are picked up sit back and relax enjoy the drive while our driver fills you in and points out the important things along the way. Suggested time to book tours is 12:30 PM Walking for the walking tour and 1:40 PM for the Harbour cruise if you want to pre book your tours. Entry fees include these two tours. The Tour departs Hobart at 10:30 AM and arrives at 12:00 PM, Bus departs Port Arthur at 4:00 PM and arrives back to Hobart 5:30 PM.

Tasmania in 6 Days: the Major Highlights and Attractions

6. Tasmania in 6 Days: the Major Highlights and Attractions

Day one: Port Arthur Historic Site Begin your trip with a pick up around 7:00 AM. After a quick look at Australia’s best preserved colonial village, Richmond, head south to explore Tasmania’s ruthless convict past at the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site. A guided walk and harbor cruise are included. Rich in visual history, learn of the chilling life of a convict in the restored sandstone prison buildings and preserved ruins. Visit selected geological wonders within Tasman National Park, to top-off a full day on the Tasman Peninsula before returning to Hobart. Day two: Hobart to Strahan Drive through the Derwent Valley. Travel east to west across the island. See the beautiful Russell Falls, walk among the Mt Field National Park tall trees, and visit Australia’s deepest freshwater lake, Lake St Clair. Explore the pristine Franklin-Gordon Wild River National Park and end the day in Strahan, where you will stay overnight. Day three: Wild West Coast  In the untouched wilderness of Tasmania’s West Coast, explore the shifting sands of Henty Dunes. Then continue into the Tarkine Rainforest and walk to Tasmania’s highest waterfall, Montezuma Falls. Stay overnight again in Strahan.  Day four: Cradle Mountain to Launceston  Around 950 meters above sea level is the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park. Here, choose a walk to take. With an extensive range of tracks, you can stroll around Dove Lake or challenge yourself with a hike to Marion’s Lookout. After, take a short drive through Sheffield, the town of murals, to Launceston for your overnight stay.  Day five: Launceston to Bicheno Start the day with a journey to the East Coast and the beautiful Bay of Fires, where the beaches are gleaming and the is water inviting. If the conditions are right, this is the perfect place for a swim and to explore the orange lichen-clad boulders, white sands and turquoise waters of the stunning East Coast. Tasmania’s most scenic coastal drive takes you from St Helens to Bicheno. You will stay overnight at accommodation in Bicheno. Day six: Freycinet National Park to Hobart After breakfast, get ready for an early start to be the first to the Wineglass Bay lookout at the Freycinet National Park. Beat the crowds and the heat for that picture postcard photograph. Relax on a secluded beach or choose the more challenging Mount Amos or Hazards Beach walk. Continue further along the scenic east coast via the seaside towns of Swansea and Orford. Return to Hobart for 5:30 PM. 

Port Arthur: Small Group Tour

7. Port Arthur: Small Group Tour

Visit Port Arthur Historic Site, part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Australian Convict Sites, on this day trip from Hobart. Learn about the site’s history as a convict colony on a guided walking tour of the grounds, visit ruins and restored buildings, and appreciate the coastal scenery that highlights the natural beauty of the Tasman Peninsula. A harbor cruise is included. This full-day tour from Hobart ensures that you have maximum time at the site. Start with a visit to the well-preserved colonial village of Richmond to see Australia's oldest bridge and take the chance to grab coffee from the Richmond bakery. Then, head south to the Tasman Peninsula and admire Pirates Bay lookout and Tessellated pavements. Upon arrival at the Port Arthur Historic Site, learn the story of the convict settlement and the terrifying realities of life as a prisoner among the preserved jail ruins on a guided tour. Take a cruise of the harbor to see the site from a different perspective, and then enjoy self-exploring the site. On the return to Hobart stop into the Port Arthur Lavender farm for an opportunity to taste lavender ice cream and explore the lavender fields, before stopping by geological formations of the Tasman Arch, Devil's Kitchen and Blow Hole. **Please note entrance fees are at own expense

Hobart: Port Arthur & Three Capes Panorama by Seaplane

8. Hobart: Port Arthur & Three Capes Panorama by Seaplane

Enjoy a 1.5-hour scenic flight experience that will leave you feeling enriched and connected to nature. Depart from Franklin Wharf and head southeast to the spectacular Tasman Peninsula. From here take in the famous Three Capes from a perspective that not many people get to experience. Touch down at Port Arthur to view the UNESCO World Heritage listed convict site and its surroundings from the water. You’ll then make your way towards Cape Raoul and return to Hobart with fantastic views of the capital city and Kunanyi/Mt Wellington.

3D Tasmanian Highlights: Hobart, Port Arthur & Bruny Island

9. 3D Tasmanian Highlights: Hobart, Port Arthur & Bruny Island

One can’t say that they’ve truly explored Tasmania without visiting the big three: Hobart, Port Arthur and Bruny Island. This three-day tour will make sure you get the full Tassie experience by guiding you on an epic journey around Tasmania's south. Day 1: Start your three day tour by meeting your fun and friendly driver/guide. After a short meet and greet, you will set-off on your Tasmanian adventure. Your first day on the tour aims to show you all of Hobart's key attractions. Some of the highlights are Mt Wellington, Bonorong, MONA, Richmond, a city highlights tour and Salamanca market (Saturday only). Day 2: Bruny island - Arguably Tasmania's best day trip! This magical Island has a little piece of everything Tasmania has: World class beaches, rugged coastline and native wildlife matched with the finest local produce from the ocean and the land, a tour you do not want to miss! You will see firsthand why Bruny Island is fast becoming one of Tasmania’s most popular tourist destinations. Day 3: The Port Arthur tour includes a direct bus trip to the historic site where you will have 4-hours to explore at your own pace. This 7-hour round trip departs Hobart at 10:30 AM, getting back at around 5:30 PM.

Hobart: 2-Day Bruny Island and Port Arthur Experience

10. Hobart: 2-Day Bruny Island and Port Arthur Experience

Day 1: Bruny Island Your tour departs Hobart at 7:30AM, from where you make your way to Mavista Falls. Step into this temperate rainforest and smell the clean crisp air as you take in mother nature’s provisions. This 20-minute round-trip walk gives you an idea of the many environments on this magnificent island. Following your rainforest walk, travel to the Cape Bruny Lighthouse to spend 30 minutes exploring the picturesque Cape Bruny, home to the second-oldest original tower in Australia. You then travel to the Neck to capture the iconic Bruny Island image from atop the 360-degree lookout. From there, receive views of the Tasman Sea, Tasman peninsula, North and South Bruny Island, and Mt. Wellington. Time for lunch at a Bruny Island pub is then provided, with options for all diets available. Alternatively, you can bring your own food and drinks. Following lunch, there is the option to travel to Bruny Island Premium Wines to enjoy $5 wine tastings. You then advance to Adventure Bay - the largest little seaside town on the island. Spend some time on the famous local beach, which has seen some of the world’s most famous explorers land. Get Shucked Oyster Bar is next on your agenda, where you have the chance to purchase what Tasmania is famous for: Oysters. Following that, your arrives back in Hobart at approximately 5:30PM. Day 2: Port Arthur Your Port Arthur tour is a direct bus to the historical site where you will have 4 hours to explore the site at your own leisure. Your guides recommend taking the free introductory walking tour and the harbor cruise, both of which are included in the site admission fee. This 7-hour tour departs Hobart at 10:30AM, arriving at 12:00PM to the main entrance of the Port Arthur Historic Site. Following your 4-hour tour, depart from the main entrance at 4:00PM before arriving back in Hobart at around 5:30PM.

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What people are saying about Port Arthur Historic Site

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 614 reviews

Great day out - Colin, our bus driver was fantastic, very accommodating and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this trip. We did the Island of the Dead, well worth the extra money for this, Rob our tour guide was one of the best I have come across.

Had a great time, our driver was friendly and professional. He was very punctual and helpful. The trip was nice and smooth, there were stops along the way for bathroom breaks and also for some nice cliff scenery. Would recommend!

This was such a fantastic and worthwhile visit. The guided tour is a must. So informative and gives you such a great insight to Port Arthur and it’s history. Include the harbour tour and your day is complete.

It was an amazing site, we had a lovely guide take the role of one of the convicts and bring the history alive.

A beautiful little island with a fascinating history.