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Port Arthur Historic Site Entry Ticket

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Port Arthur Historic Site Entry Ticket

Activity provider: Port Arthur Historic Site
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From US$ 31.42 per person

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The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site brings Australia’s early convict history to life. Site entry tickets include a self-guided audio experience, free talks, and a harbor cruise.

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  • Explore at your own pace with a self-guided audio experience
  • Engage with expert guides with free site talks daily
  • Get out on the water with a harbor cruise around the Isle of the Dead
  • Connect with historical characters through personalized stories
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Explore the award-winning iconic attraction, the Port Arthur Historic Site. Just a short 1.5 hour drive from nipaluna / Hobart in turrakana / the Tasman Peninsula, the Port Arthur Historic Site has over 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes set in 40 hectares of landscaped grounds. Allow plenty of time to fully experience all that Port Arthur has to offer. Site entry tickets are valid for daytime entry for two consecutive days and includes a harbor cruise, a self-guided audio experience, and complimentary site talks by expert guides throughout the site. Start your experience in the Port Arthur Gallery where you can select a character card to connect with one of the convicts, soldiers, or free settlers that spent time in this secondary punishment station. Listen to personal histories of the people of Port Arthur and explore the collections of artifacts that have been uncovered there. Stream the Port Arthur Experience as you venture through the convict ruins and lush gardens at your own pace. Wander through meticulously curated house museums and engage with expert guides with free presentations throughout the day. A short harbor cruise will present the site to you as the convicts would have experienced back in the 1800s. Enjoy historical commentary as you cruise around the Isle of the Dead and past the Dockyards and Point Puer the site of the first Boys Prison in the British Empire.

  • Site Entry Ticket (valid for two consecutive days)
  • Self-guided Audio Experience
  • 20-minute Harbour Cruise
  • Complimentary Site Talks by expert guides and specialist staff
  • Access to more than 30 historic buildings, ruins, gardens and restored houses on the site
  • Courtesy shuttle service for people who may have restricted mobility
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Food and drinks
  • Transport to and from Port Arthur
  • Additional guided tours

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Meeting point

Port Arthur Historic Site, 6973 Arthur Hwy, Port Arthur TAS 7182, Australia

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Credit card
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • ID card, copy accepted
  • Disability card

Know before you go

  • Select the Family Pass option when booking if your group includes 2 adults and up to 6 children ages 7-17
  • Entry ticket does not include additional guided tours such as the Convict Tour, Commandants Tour, Escape from Port Arthur Tour, Wheel of Fate or Ghost tours
  • Cruise ship passengers are not required to pay site entry
  • A complimentary shuttle service for people with restricted mobility is available onsite between 10 AM and 3 PM daily, with an extended service offered during summer
  • Harbor cruise departure times will be allocated on arrival, or you can contact the activity provider after booking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 278 reviews

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The overall presentation is amazing, albeit most thought provoking. There are many tours - we did the Convicts one and the guide was like an encyclopaedia of knowledge. 100 lashes for stealing a handkerchief will remain on my mind when I think of these men. The cruise with your entry is, again, very informative. There was light rain whilst we were there so remember to take your all weather gear or even a light poncho. The food at the café covered all diets & check out the gift shop before you leave. The historic site is a ‘must do’ whilst in Tasmania. 👍🏼

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February 21, 2023

An interesting and educational visit to Port Arthur historic site. Buildings are presented well, especially the cottage buildings. Grounds well kept. Can get a little warm, and the included ferry ride was a welcome relief with the air con. Cafe was well stocked.

January 6, 2023

An interesting well preserved historic site. Very good complimentary short cruise to the 'lsle of the Dead'. Good informative commentary throughout. Free chauffeured electric buggies frequent the site if needed. Beautiful garden settings in and around the bay areas. Knowledgeable, welcoming working team members and carers.

December 30, 2022

Product ID: 108664