Port Arthur

Travel Guide

Port Arthur

Port Arthur

Hobart & Surrounds / Tasmania

Port Arthur is one of Tasmania's most popular tourist destinations located on the Tasman Peninsula. This hauntingly beautiful town was revealed to the world on April 28th 1996 when a lone gunman shot and killed 35 innocent people. Previous to this, Port Arthur was a penal colony where the British dumped over 12000 convicts into the newly built "escape proof" jail dubbed "Hell on Earth" from 1830 to 1870's. Here you can find sandstone prison buildings set amongst 40 hectares of spectacular scenery.

Attractions

Remarkable Cave

Created by wave erosion - located in Tasman National Park - it is the starting point of a 4-5 hour return walk to Crescent Bay

Tasman Island Wilderness Cruise

2 hour cruise

Coal Mines Historic Site

Tasmania's first operational mine Bush Mill Steam Railway - steam train rides

Palmers Lookout

Views of the harbour and coastline

Things to Do

Lantern lit ghost tour

Isle of the Dead Boat Tour

Cemetary of the convicts - Summer only

Coal Mines Historic Site

North of Port Arthur

Port Arthur Historical Site Tour

Day entry tickets include a guided walking tour, gallery & museum. A harbour cruise is available in summer.

Port Arthur Memorial Garden

A dedication garden to 35 victims in 1996.

Scenic Flights

Convict Trail Drive



Port Arthur Map   

Latitude:

-43.1773635

Longitude:

147.8337362



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