Port Arthur Historical Site: Full-Day Tour with Admission
- Pickup available
- Duration options: 8 - 9 hours
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I think whoever wants to visit Tasmania for a short period of time and want to make the best out of it, I recommend this tour. Tasmania is indeed very beautiful and the tour was well planned. Sometimes we would have to rush while walking and couldn’t spend enough time in some places but I guess otherwise we wouldn’t be able to see as many... Hostels that we have stayed varied in quality. I personally liked the one in Strahan the most and the good thing is that we stayed there two nights. I wish the tour guide in the beginning of the tour let us introduce ourselves like we did in Melbourne “go west-great ocean road tour”. Even on the fifth day we wouldn’t know each others names whereas in a day tour that I spend in Melbourne everybody had an idea who is who. I just recommend that to the tour company. All and all, I do recommend this tour especially if you are traveling alone or make the most out of Tasmania in restricted amount of time.
We were so looking forward to the Port Arthur tour, however by the time we got there it was pouring with rain. We couldn’t hear what the tour guide was saying over the rain beating down on our umbrellas and by the time she finished speaking it only left us with about 30 mins to explore the site (which takes much longer than that), before we got on the ferry however you couldn’t see anything out of the windows due to the rain. It was disappointing but we will definitely be back to finish off what we didn’t get to see. Our tour guide Nigel was such a lovely man, he had quite a lot of knowledge about the area and took us to some nice little places on the way back.
Because we booked to do this tour we discovered after we booked it that on Saturdays this tour allocates 2 hours at the Salamanca Market. For us this was very frustrating as we were not interested in going to a market and it meant far less time at Port Arthur so we were very rushed there and did not have enough time to see everything at that site. So unfortunately the tour did not fully meet our expectations. But the bus driver was great so that was a bonus.
The tour was run very well by Phil with interesting commentary provided. Really not enough time to see everything though. Shame about that. Didn’t feel the stops on way there and back were worth it as they took away from time at the historical site. No time for lunch or to go to the souvenir shop.
fantastic day. The tour guide gave us an insight into what life was like at the time. We learnt a lot of the historical significance of Port Arthur and its impact on Australian society in its day.