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Port Arthur Historical Site: Full-Day Tour with Admission

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Port Arthur Historical Site: Full-Day Tour with Admission

From US$ 97.17 per person

Visit Port Arthur Historical Site, a compelling and dramatic reminder of Australia’s convict past and the early settlement known as the Colony of Van Dieman's Land. See the main sights of Tasman National Park.

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Duration 8 - 9 hours
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  • Explore the Port Arthur Historical Site
  • See Pirates Bay, Eaglehawk Neck, and Norfolk Bay
  • Visit the highlights of Tasman National Park
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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.

  • Hotel courtesy pick-up
  • Port Arthur admission
  • Guided tour of Port Arthur
  • Harbor cruise
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles

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Meeting point

• Meet at the MONA Ferry Terminal, Brooke Street Pier, Hobart TAS 7000

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Know before you go

  • To ensure hotel pick-up, please advise upon booking. Pick-up times may vary depending on traffic. Please note that there are no hotel drop offs after morning tours
  • Cruise ship guests can be accommodated if the tour times work out with your port times, please advise upon booking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 98 reviews

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We were so looking forward to the Port Arthur tour, however by the time we got there it was pouring with rain. We couldn’t hear what the tour guide was saying over the rain beating down on our umbrellas and by the time she finished speaking it only left us with about 30 mins to explore the site (which takes much longer than that), before we got on the ferry however you couldn’t see anything out of the windows due to the rain. It was disappointing but we will definitely be back to finish off what we didn’t get to see. Our tour guide Nigel was such a lovely man, he had quite a lot of knowledge about the area and took us to some nice little places on the way back.

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November 6, 2019

Amazing tour,

The tour guide we got was sue, she was absolutely amazing, full of knowledge and made the day really enjoyable for us! Her commentary on the way to Port Arthur was highly welcomed and the historical site was incredible! I highly recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in Australian history

March 18, 2019

Because we booked to do this tour we discovered after we booked it that on Saturdays this tour allocates 2 hours at the Salamanca Market. For us this was very frustrating as we were not interested in going to a market and it meant far less time at Port Arthur so we were very rushed there and did not have enough time to see everything at that site. So unfortunately the tour did not fully meet our expectations. But the bus driver was great so that was a bonus.

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January 13, 2019

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