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Port Arthur Historic Site

Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
+61 3 6251 2310
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The Port Arthur Historic Site is the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia and among the most significant convict era sites in the world. It has won many awards and has been called one of Australia's great tourism destinations. The Site combines rich history and scenic beauty to tell the stories of the harsh discipline and determined industry of the settlement. It is a place to discover Australian history and connect with the origins of Australian culture.
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  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“walking tour” (233 reviews)
“harbour cruise” (135 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
+61 3 6251 2310
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Reviewed yesterday

Been here 25 years ago just after the massacre and found the site very sombre, same feeling again. Historic buildings haven't changed, naturally but cafeteria/gift shop now open. Lots to see and explore. Grounds are spotlessly clean and gardens well manicured. Well worth a visit.

Thank CandE_Evans
Reviewed yesterday

What an absolute beautiful place to visit. The history is sad but very real. The guided tours are very informative and makes you feel apart of the history. You can easliy spend 4 hours walking and touring the site and sitting and enjoying the tranquility.

Thank CorporateNow
Reviewed yesterday

Port arthur historical site is as facinating as it is sad. The site is a must to visit for any Tassie traveler who is interested in the history of early Australia. The grounds are immaculate and the buildings are amazing in their age and the...More

Thank Annette K
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Our American guide on the 40 minute guided walk brought the site history alive with his enthusiasm and knowledge. We followed this with a short harbour cruise that is included in the ticket. UK National Trust members can get a discount with their membership card....More

Thank Roganroy
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There's something very haunting about a place that housed convicts and maniacs and you learn about how their lives were and what drew something of them to go mad. Set in such a beautiful spot you will also enjoy the nature too

Thank Matt E
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Dry interesting place that is steeped in history of how Australia became a settlement. Unfortunately we were not able to spend enough time exploring the ruins and grounds here It is a big day for young children but still definitely worth it if you are...More

Thank kirrily_chambers
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great day spent walking around the site. So much history to see amd read about. Worth the extra money for the Isle of the Dead and the Point Puer tours! Don't forget sunscreen and a hat.

Thank Tessa L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great drive from Hobart. Stopping off at Tasman arch and devils kitchen. Amazing guides take you through a 45 min talk about history and the conditions of the penal colony. Walking through the separate prison - solitary and silent confinement was quite eerie. Imagining guards...More

Thank BradandJoanne
Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I took a day trip , fly drive back on December 3rd, out of Melbourne, sadly we endured the most foul weather that taste could throw at us, it was a very demanding drive to Port Arthur, have to say the directions...More

Thank TheViking2017
Reviewed 5 days ago

Historical site which shows what the life of a convict was really like. Short cruise and informative walking tour included.

Thank Bryn G
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Julie H
28 November 2017|
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Response from im44 | Reviewed this property |
If you are returning to the (cruise?) ship be aware that driving will be slow. Ignore google’s times... they are optimistic. Are you comfortable driving on the left? Otherwise yes drive. (Donavon Car Rental-hobart). Then you... More
8 October 2017|
Response from PortArthurSite | Property representative |
Hi ersatz, Thank you for your query and yes we are pleased to confirm we offer a 15% discount for visitors with a National Trust Membership. Warm regards, Port Arthur Historic Site
dasun s
20 August 2017|
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Response from pohcrofter | Reviewed this property |
There are charges to visit this attraction, depending on what you choose to see/ do there. If the ship is calling on Hobart, I would expect the ship to offer a tour to this attraction (quite a long coach ride from Hobart, I... More