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  • Tasman Island: 3-Hour Wilderness Cruise

    1. Tasman Island: 3-Hour Wilderness Cruise

    The cruise travels beneath the highest vertical sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere at Cape Pillar. Guests explore waterfalls, rock formations, archways and deep-sea caves. The coastline is part of the Tasman National Park. It is home to a variety of wildlife including hundreds of seals, migrating whales and abundant sea birds in their thousands. At any time of year you're likely to see the feeding frenzy of diving gannets, albatross and sea eagles wheeling on the wind, cliff-nesting cormorants and peregrine falcons, or a pod of playful dolphins surfing the bow wave of the boat. The custom built yellow boats are ideal for viewing the spectacular coastline and wildlife of the Tasman Peninsula. Each vessel holds a maximum of 43 guests. Covered open-air tiered seating means an excellent all-round view and connection with the environment. The boats are safe, comfortable and gentle on th...

    This is an experience that all Tasmanians and future tourists should do. It was absolutely amazing

  • Port Arthur Historic Site Entry Ticket

    2. 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 availabil...

    Easy to find. Very clean. Beautiful big reception and friendly helpful staff. Introductory tour was great

  • Port Arthur Historical Site: Full-Day Tour with Admission

    3. 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 Abel 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 tou...

    This was a very enjoyable and informative experience with a generous amount of time to see everything.

  • Tasman Peninsula Day Trip with Cruise & Devils from Hobart

    4. Tasman Peninsula Day Trip with Cruise & Devils from Hobart

    Experience the highlights of the Tasman Peninsula on a day trip from Hobart. Journey 1.5-hours from Hobart to Port Arthur by comfortable coach. Enjoy morning tea on the Tasman Peninsula. Climb aboard a custom-built boat for an unforgettable 3-hour wilderness cruise. Explore the spectacular coastline between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck, from rugged sea cliffs to waterfalls, rock formations, archways, and deep-sea caves. You might see seals, migrating whales, seabirds, or even a pod of playful dolphins surfing the bow wave of the boat.  At the end of your cruise, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park. Spend part of the afternoon at the Park before the return journey to Hobart. Be dropped back to your hotel around 6 pm. 

    The guides were very friendly and easygoing. Beautiful tour, relaxing and enjoyable. I loved the boat part at the Tasman Peninsula. The guides were very passionate and accommodating. 5 stars from me!

  • 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.

    This four was 10/10! It had the perfect amount of guidance vs freedom. Lots of outdoor activity so you were taking in the marvellous views for the entire day. The guide was incredible - didn’t constantly speak so you didn’t have a headache at the end of the day. Just shared stories and information at the perfect time, in the perfect amount. Would 100% recommend this tour.

  • Tasman Peninsula Tour, Cruise & Port Arthur Historic Site

    6. Tasman Peninsula Tour, Cruise & Port Arthur Historic Site

    Experience the best of the Tasman Peninsula on an informative and entertaining day trip from Hobart.  Journey 1.5-hours from Hobart to Port Arthur by comfortable coach. Enjoy morning tea on the Tasman Peninsula. Climb aboard a custom-built boat for an unforgettable 3-hour wilderness cruise. Explore the spectacular coastline between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck. Look for seals, migrating whales, seabirds, or even dolphins.  At the end of your cruise, spend 3-hours at the Port Arthur Historic Site. You will have time for lunch on site and to explore before the return journey to Hobart. Be dropped back to Hobart or your hotel around 6 pm.

    Amazing life changing experience. I have read somewhere that tasmanian peninsula has more wilderness than bruny island and it was totally worth it.

  • 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 t...

    Our driver, David, was right on time, very friendly and informative, and was happy to drop us off at the airport (not our original pickup point) upon returning, as it was more convenient for us.

  • From Hobart: Port Arthur and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo Day Tour

    8. 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 am...

    It was a really well organised trip, with a great mix of sights - fantastic scenery, wildlife and history. The guide was really knowledgeable and made the trip even better.

  • Port Arthur Tour & Cruise Day Trip from Hobart

    9. 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...

    I was fortunate to have had excellent weather, clear blue skies in the three days before Easter. Maps and sign posting really helped getting around. It was wonderful particularly as I’ve always wanted to see Port Arthur, and Tasmania as it was the only state I hadn’t seen in my 50 odd years in the wonderful country.

  • Hobart: Port Arthur & Three Capes Panorama by Seaplane

    10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 740 reviews

This was a very enjoyable and informative experience with a generous amount of time to see everything.

This is an experience that all Tasmanians and future tourists should do. It was absolutely amazing

Absolutely fantastic cruise. Ben and Anna were both highly knowledgeable and entertaining.

I had my first boat cruise and absolutely loved it will definitely be doing it again.

The site is superbly maintained and set among beautiful gardens.