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  2. Tasmania
  3. Hobart
  4. Port Arthur Historic Site

Port Arthur Tour & Cruise Day Trip from Hobart

Product ID: 103778
Learn about Tasmania’s ruthless convict past at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site, and experience the beautiful coastline of the Tasman Peninsula along the way. Enter the Tasman National Park for stunning views and more.
About this activity
Duration: 1 day
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide

Pickup included

Pick-up possible from any centrally located hotel or hostel in Hobart.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Learn the convict past of Tasmania at the Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Take a guided tour of one of Australia's notorious penal colonies
  • Enjoy a 25-minute harbour cruise around Port Arthur
  • See the curious geological formations of the Tasman Arch and Blow Hole
Full description
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 the remarkable geological formations of the Tasman Arch, Devil's Kitchen and Blow Hole. Get dropped off in Hobart at approximately 17:30 at the end of the tour services.
  • Full-day tour from Hobart
  • Transportation
  • Entrance to Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Guided walk and harbor cruise
  • Hotel/hostel pick-up and drop off
What’s Not Included
  • Meals and drink
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 57 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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An amazing experience! Loved this from start to finish. If you love history then you'll love this tour. Loved being able to stop off at many different incredible lookouts and sights on the way to Port Arthur and enjoy all of them. A must do and would definitely do it again!

June 29, 2019

Pleasant day out!

We visited quite a few places on our way to Port Arthur, and although these were interesting, we didn't arrive there till 11:30. This is an amazing site, ticket includes walking tour, (EXCELLENT), and a cruise around the bay, which was pleasant. (Perhaps I should have missed it and continued to look at the buildings!) We had to leave at 14:30 to continue to other sites and visits. The Port Arthur site offers everyone a 2 day pass, because there is so much to see. This trip would be better spending as much of the day as possible there, without anything else. If you can, - go under your own steam and spend all your day wandering around this amazing sight. Our guide (Matt) was good - the itinerary was not his fault, and it didn't stop us having a really good day out. There is a shuttle bus available on site, which offers movement around the site if you find the walks difficult. Other sites we visited were interesting, but (in my opinion), should be saved for other trips.

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March 9, 2018

February 11, 2020

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Product ID: 103778