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The quaint historic town and former convict settlement of Port Arthur is considered one of Australia’s most significant heritage areas and is a must see location for anyone visiting beautiful Tasmania. At only a quick 60 kilometres (37 mi) from Hobart, visitors to Port Arthur can enjoy a half day, full day or extended tour, or even a stopover while visiting other Tassie attractions.

As one of the eleven World Heritage listed ‘Australian Convict Sites’, Port Arthur gives great insight into the conditions and lifestyles of transported convicts and colonial expansion. During the first half of its lifetime as a prison, Port Arthur was known as the location where only the hardest of prisoners were sent, including recidivists and those who caused trouble in other convict stations. With some of the most strict measures and toughest monitoring of all the British penal colonies, Port Arthur was definitely not the place you wanted to end up in. While some prisoners did manage to escape, the prison – until its closure in 1877 – was known as an inescapable hellhole.

During a tour, you will learn of this fascinating history as you explore the aged sandstone structures, such as the main penitentiary, the model prison, the guard tower, the mines and the church – all built by convicts. The beautiful lush parklands surrounding the structures are in stark contrast to the horrors that occurred within and the mass graves on the Island of the Dead lend a haunting quality to the port. Speaking of graves, if you are a fan of the paranormal, you can even participate on a late night ghost tour, which will allow you to see the latest technology being used to find signs of life after death at Port Arthur. Only for the brave!

Whatever your reason for visiting Port Arthur, you’re sure to leave with a deeper understanding of our convict past and an appreciation of how far we have come as a nation, abiding by modern day human rights laws.

 

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ABSOLUTELY TASMANIA DAY TOURS

ABSOLUTELY TASMANIA combines Tasmania's most respected, experienced & award winning tour operators. Our DAY TOURS and PACKAGE TOURS visit all the major destinations in Tasmania, we give you more tours than any other company in Tasmania to choose from! We are a 100% Tasmanian owned and operated company dedicated to giving you the best Tassie Experience through our flexible and "great value for money" tours of Tasmania.

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Active Tours Tasmania

Tours Tasmania operate Active Day Tours and the BIG 3 Tasmania tours. We are locally owned and operated and have been providing amazing tours and experiences to our Tasmanian guests for 10 years. We are small enough to provide personal & flexible service yet large enough to cater to all varieties of tour and travel requests. We specialise in full day, active day tours. We bring together the experiences of nature, amazing short walks, ... more

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Adventure Island Day Tours

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Attractions Pass Sydney by iVenture Card

See Sydney and Beyond Attractions Pack – 2,3 or 7 days • Attractions pass for Sydney & Beyond - including Blue Mountains • Over 35 attractions to choose from • Buy a 2, 3 or 7 day pass for unlimited access to over 35 top attractions in Sydney and surrounds • Includes full colour guide complete with maps and attraction information. • For use on consecutive calendar days. • Valid for 12 months from purchase. ... more

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Attractions Pass Tasmania by iVenture Card

Free and discounted entry to over 40 top Tasmanian attractions, tours, and things to do for one low price! It's easy with an iVenture Attractions Pass. Tasmania, the island state, is situated off Australia's mainland to the south of Victoria! It is one of the country's hidden marvels with a wealth of history stretching back to the late 19th century as well as vast untouched wilderness areas of incredible natural beauty! The south-west o... more

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Gray Line Sightseeing Day Tours - Tasmania

No trip to Hobart is complete without a visit to Port Arthur. It is the best example of convicts’ way of life and that of Australia’s beginnings. You get to experience how difficult things were back then. Make sure you don’t miss experiencing “solitary confinement”, it will make you behave! Located just 60 kilometres from Hobart, the tour takes in the picturesque countryside along the Tasman Highway & Arthur Highway.

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Jump Tours

We offer award winning tours in Tasmania and the Northern Territory and we guarantee EVERY TOUR DEPARTURE! Book with us and you do not have to worry about the tour getting cancelled due to low numbers. If you book it - you're going! Jump Tours has offered the best priced, most fun wilderness based backpacker tours since 2007. Our cruisy guides will let you have a go at being guest DJ on the bus and will give you the low down on all the ... more

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Tasman Island Cruises

Tasman Island Cruises provides unforgettable three hour wilderness cruises along the spectacular coastline between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck in southern Tasmania. The cruise travels beneath the highest vertical sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere and guests explore waterfalls, rock formations, archways and deep-sea caves. The coastline is part of the Tasman National Park and it is home to a variety of wildlife including hundreds of... more

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Under Down Under Tours

Under Down Under Tours specialises in small group adventures throughout Tasmania. With the largest range of budget friendly tours on offer; we provide visitors with a hassle free, and eco friendly way to experience the magnificent island of Tasmania. Our tours range from 2 ½ hours through to 9 days; and have a focus on experiencing the very best of Tasmania’s inland and coastal Wilderness. Under Down Under’s Guides are some of the b... more

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