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Get an in-depth tour of the UNESCO-listed Port Arthur Historic Site on this day trip from Hobart. History buffs will love learning about the history of the Australian convict site on an excursion designed to allow as much time and in-depth learning about the area in a single day. Many tours of Tasmania include a brief stop in Port Arthur, but this one provides deep exploration and plenty of time to ask questions.
Highlights
  • Guided tour of Port Arthur Historic Site allows a deep dive into history
  • Learn about the notorious convict site through a guide's commentary
  • 30-minute cruise down the coast to see the wild scenery of Tasman National Park
  • Round-trip transportation and all entrance fees paid make for a stress-free trip
What to Expect
Relax on the scenic drive from Hobart to the Tasman Peninsula, which encompasses Norfolk Bay, Eaglehawk Neck, Forestier Peninsula, the Tasman Bridge, and the Pitt wWater Causeway. Enjoy the fact that your guide is driving and worrying about directions as you simply look out the window and snap photos. Depending on the season, drive through the town to Richmond and see the convict-built Richmond Bridge.  Spend a full five hours exploring the Port Arthur UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a walking tour of the seaside penal colony. Learn how and why the area’s most heinous criminals were housed here in 30 restored buildings and accompanying ruins. Highlights include the church, the Commandant’s House, the prison, flour mill, granary, and penitentiary. Follow up the walking tour with a 30-minute cruise on Carnarvon Bay, which gives different views and photo ops from the water. See the coast of Tasman National Park, including the Devil’s Kitchen, the Isle of the Dead, and Tasman Arch. Make a lunch stop at the Port Arthur Visitor Center or the nearby Felons (own expense).
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Departure Point
Tour departs from Gray Line Terminal-Brooke St Pier. Additionally you can be picked up from a centrally located Hobart hotel.
Duration
8h
Return Details
Concludes at Bus Terminal, Brooke Street Pier, Hobart at approximately 5:00pm
Inclusions
  • Port Arthur Historic Site guided tour
  • 30-minute Harbor Cruise
  • Hotel pickup and drop off (selected hotels only)
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Entry/Admission - Port Arthur Historic Site
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring good walking shoes for the walking tour. If you do not wish to participate in the full walking tour, please note small golf buggies are available free of charge. Passengers can locate a buggy at the front entrance of Port Arthur Visitor Center.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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What a great experience to be able to visit the historic site of Port Arthur and the infamous Port Arthur Massacre site - the now demolished Broad Arrow Cafe. Lots of history. Port Arthur is a must to see when you are in Hobart. Our tour guide, Greg, was very experienced and
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I found the whole context and historic significance of Port Arthur quiet profound. From the setting to the restoration it was a stark reminder what suffering is. A easy drive from Hobart
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We had a wonderful day being taken to Port Arthur with a stop at the historic bridge at Richmond on the way. Our driver was witty and full of historical facts and general information which was most helpful and illuminating. We had a mixture of people from different parts of the
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This place totally exceeded my expectations! It was incredibly beautiful and even through the history I’d sad, very interesting and beguiling. Grays Line did a great job. The coach driver was amazing. Knew do Munn and really cared about us enjoying the tour. It was a bonus to
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Day out to Port Arthur was great. Definitely worth a five star rating due to our driver/guide Sue who was fantastic. She was very informative, engaging and friendly. Would absolutely recommend.
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