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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 Historical Site: Full-Day Tour with Admission

2. Port Arthur Historical Site: Full-Day Tour 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: Tour with Isle of the Dead Cruise

3. 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.

From Hobart: Maria Island National Park Active Full-Day Tour

4. From Hobart: Maria Island National Park Active Full-Day Tour

Experience a location rich in local wildlife, amazing scenery and world heritage convict history.  Departing from Hobart, journey for 1.5 hours to reach the breathtaking Maria Island. Once here, enjoy a series of moderate walks covering a total of 10 kilometers. Explore the Painted Cliffs as you walk past Hopground Beach to see these beautifully patterned sandstone cliffs. Get the opportunity to swim, photograph and soak up the island life as Maria works its magic on you. Witness an abundance of island wildlife, including wombats, various bird species, dolphins, seals, and penguins. You may even get to spot the famous Tazmanian Devil. On the Fossil Cliffs walk, admire the amazing cliffs that drop sheer into the ocean. Get a fascinating insight into the past environments of Maria Island at the  Darlington World Heritage convict site and enjoy breathtaking views of the Freycinet Peninsula. With no cars on the island the area is peaceful, beautiful, the pace is slow and relaxed, and the beaches are perfect for summer swimming.

Port Arthur: Day Tour from Hobart

5. Port Arthur: Day Tour from Hobart

Head to the stunning Tasman Peninsula, home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs, on this full-day excursion. Enjoy panoramic views from Pirate's Bay lookout, see the Tasman Arch and Devil's Kitchen rock formations, and take a spectacular walk along the Waterfall Bay coastal track. Visit the Port Arthur Historic Site, and enjoy a complimentary cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a guided walking tour with an expert guide. Walk around the main penitentiary and see the solitary confinement cells and more in this World Heritage open-air museum. On the return to Hobart visit lovely Richmond village, taking time to walk across Australia’s oldest bridge still in use.

From Hobart: Port Arthur and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo Day Tour

6. From Hobart: Port Arthur and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo Day Tour

This action-packed day tour starts with an early morning hotel pickup in Hobart. Drive directly to the stunning Tasman Peninsula, home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs. Witness the spectacular scenery with panoramic views from Pirates Bay Lookout. Passing through the isthmus of Eaglehawk Neck and the “dog line,” your tour guides will share with you the fascinating history and stories of the area. Next, begin one of Tasmania’s “Great Short Walks.” Follow a 2-km track along the Waterfall Bay cliff top. This undulating walk takes around 45–60 minutes and is categorized as an easy walk. The track concludes at the remarkable rock formations of Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen. The next stop is the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. Check out the action of a Tasmanian devil feeding — watch the snarling, fighting, and bone-crushing in a spectacle of devilish behavior. Hand feed the wallabies and walk among the local fauna and flora in the charming “unzoo” setting. Continuing your journey, arrive at the Port Arthur Historic Site. Spend 2.5 hours exploring this former convict settlement, taking in the wealth of information and history of the early Australian penal system. Your entry includes a harbor cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a guided walking tour. Before returning to Hobart, enjoy a stop at Richmond Historical village. In the late afternoon, arrive in historic Richmond Village. Meander the streets, stop for a coffee, and walk across Australia’s oldest bridge still in use today. Finally, check out a fabulous view of Hobart from a local lookout — a picturesque way to return to the city. You’ll be dropped off at your Hobart accommodation around 6:00 PM.

Port Arthur: Shuttle Express Round Trip From Hobart

7. 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.

Hobart: Port Arthur and Lavender Farm Tour

8. Hobart: Port Arthur and Lavender Farm Tour

Departing early from Hobart, you will drive directly to the stunning Tasman Peninsula. This area has amazing history, fascinating stories and spectacular scenery, and is also home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs. You will enjoy the panoramic views of the area from Pirates Bay Lookout, which provides a great vantage point of the surrounding area. Passing through Eaglehawk Neck and “The Dogline”, your guide will share with you some truly amazing history and stories of the area. You will then begin one of Tasmania’s “great short walks”, following a spectacular track of around 2 kilometers along the Waterfall Bay cliff top. From there you will be dropped off for a short visit to the Port Arthur Lavender Farm, where you will enjoy a self-guided wander around the Lavender grounds and can enjoy free samples of the local handmade lavender chocolates and lavender fudge. You will then enter the Port Arthur Historic Site, where you will find a wealth of information and history which you can discover throughout your 3 hours on site. Your entry includes a complimentary harbor cruise around the Isle of the Dead, as well as a guided walking tour with one of the site’s expert guides. On your return to Hobart, make a stop at the historical village of Richmond. Moving along, you will arrive to the historic Richmond Village in the late afternoon. There you can meander the streets, stop for a coffee, visit the Lolly Shop, and walk across Australia’s oldest bridge which is still in use: a convict-built sandstone bridge (which is reportedly haunted). Finally, before you re-enter Hobart, you will stop for a fabulous view across the city from a local lookout, a picturesque way to return to the city. You will then be dropped off back at your Hobart City accommodation at around 6:00 PM.

Hobart: Port Arthur & Three Capes Panorama by Seaplane

9. 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.

Tasmania in 6 Days: the Major Highlights and Attractions

10. 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. 

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 102 reviews

A long day of adventures, jam-packed with things to see and do, a mix of natural wonders and the iconic Port Arthur and surrounds. It’s a long journey but there are lots of short stops such as the Lavender Farm, nature walks, Richmond, photo ops etc to stretch the legs. The cliff top walk is breathtaking views and lovely refreshing natural forest- just right 30 mins length for all. If the Lavender isn’t in season, it’s a great little stop. But Port Arthur is the main attraction, with knowledgeable guides, incredible and quite tragic site, and a little Harbour Cruise to the Isle of the Dead. Port Arthur is a true MUST SEE in Hobart if you want to understand how this city was shaped by the convict trade. Every sandstone building you see in the region after this will have you wondering ‘did a poor convict make these bricks?’ This tour has a little something for everyone. This would be a REALLY smashing tour if we’d had just a little more light in the day.

It was a very enjoyable and informative day, lots of historic buildings to explore. Entry included a guided tour and Boat ride around the bay. 40 Years since our last visit on our honeymoon.

Amazing tour, the tour guide was so knowledgeable and stopped at many places along the way. My kids learnt so much.

Lovely day exploring the past. Everything is designed to explore at your own pace

Maria Island was a wonderful surprise, so peaceful and beautiful