This excursion is rich in visual history and will teach you about Tasmania's convict heritage. The day will give you a compelling and dramatic insight into Tasmania's convict past and early settlement. Interpretive and interactive presentations at the Port Arthur site help bring to reality the harrowing life of the convicts sent to Van Diemen's Land.
The journey into this fascinating part of history and heritage begins when you meet your knowledgeable driver guide and board your vehicle to head out across the Tasman Bridge and onto the Coal River Valley, which is a renowned area known for its production of wine and surrounds the historic town of Richmond. You'll have the opportunity to drive through this quaint town and make a short picture stop at the famous Richmond Bridge. Passing through suburbs and towns bordering on picturesque bays and inlets, you will head onto the Forestier Peninsula, home to pristine Pirates Bay and Eaglehawk Neck. Your first stop will be at the Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen, where you will wonder at the magnitude of this coastal geological feature with superb views of the rugged coastline.
Play "The Lottery of Life" at the interpretation center at Port Arthur, and follow the life of a convict. Take a guided walking tour of the site, with access to over 30 restored buildings and ruins. See the penitentiary (once a granary and flour mill), a separate prison, the Commandant's house, the church, and more. Your experience includes a harbor cruise around the Isle of the Dead on Carnarvon Bay, the burial place for those who died while in Port Arthur.
Sitting tranquilly amongst English oaks and gardens, Port Arthur is a harsh contrast to the beauty of the Tasman Peninsula. At the end of the tour you will be dropped dockside in Hobart with memories and a personal insight into Tasmania's settlement and their convict ancestors.
Please Note: The photo stop at the Richmond Bridge portion of this tour is only included during October through April. Since this portion is not included during May through April, the duration of the tour will be 1 hour and 30 minutes shorter.