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Address: Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The Port Arthur Historic Site is the best-preserved convict settlement in...

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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WOW!!! What an amazing place to visit. A very affordable, interesting and beautiful place to explore. The walking and boat tours were wonderful. Our guides were very... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

WOW!!! What an amazing place to visit. A very affordable, interesting and beautiful place to explore. The walking and boat tours were wonderful. Our guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The area is extremely well presented with great amenities. Plenty of seats to uses when tackling all the stairs and inclines! This is definitely somewhere I hope to visit again.

Thank Jenn A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While visiting Tassie, we stopped at Port Arthur and visited the historical site. We went there the afternoon that we arrived and the next day, which was good because it broke up the time there and allowed us to visit pretty much everything without getting worn out. This is a pretty large site and it has at least quite a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visiting Port Arthur was high on the hit list. Its a wonderfully presevered site. All the guides are very informative. We really enjoyed the short plays detailing the lives of actual people who lived at the site. I would have loved to have bought the book on the convict boot maker - what an amazing story, however they had sold... More 

Thank Zena02
Sale, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have never visited this destination and was amazed at the respect for history, the history of the convicts and also the recent history of 1996. I was very moved how respectful it was of the modern day suffering this harsh place delivered. The grounds are immaculately presented and the staff are clearly proud to work there. I would like... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a side tour from a cruise ship so line-ups were not an issue for us. I would still recommend getting there early... there is so much to see and information to absorb. I would also recommend the Harbour Boat Tour (free). The site is well maintained . A must if you are visiting Tasmania

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Sale, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Its been a while since I visited Port Arthur, this last trip being my third time. The historical site is constantly being preserved and conserved. I hadn't visited the Aslyum or The Separate Prison. They were really interesting. My all time favourite place is the The Church with those beautiful stone walls, soaring towers, and window spaces. Such a beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a great day out! Full of things to see all set within beautiful surroundings. The boat trip from the jetty is also well worth it - if only for the views back to the site. A full day's worth of experiences.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

In addition to the myriad of usual platitudes, I would offer the following advice. 1. Get there early. The reason the ticket is for 2 days is that doing it in 1 full day is difficult. 2. Do the (free) Introductory talk and the (free) Harbour Boat Tour/ talk – that is free and also forms the transport for the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the second time we have visited the Port Arthur Historic site and is a definate must do if you ever get to Tasmania. It is like Pearl harbour is to Americans in it's place in history to Australians. There is just so much to see and now that the main prison building has been made safe to venture... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's one of UNESCO heritage site.So it's very important to visit when you are around Hobart.It's almost 2hours from the city.But it's really worth.It's a former convict settlement from UK also other European countries.It's also the place of the massacre happened in 1996.This place is very historical with beautiful view surrounding.

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