A Day Trip to Port Arthur & Richmond
The beauty of Tasmania is amazingly amplified when set against the island's historic penal sites. Departing Hobart, you'll enjoy a visit to the astounding cliff and coastal views afforded by Pirates Bay Lookout. From there, you'll reach the Port Arthur Historic Site to see the prison turned open air museum. Plus, there is a cruise to the Isle of Dead before visiting the historic village of Richmond. This is the ideal Tasmania tour for travelers who desire beauty and history.
As you drive from Hobart, you'll be pleased with the stop your professional guide makes at Pirates Bay Lookout. The cliffs dive into a narrow strip of white sand beach abutting Pacific blue waters. The landscapes only improve as you reach Port Arthur.
As the most popular attraction in all of Tasmania, the Port Arthur Penitentiary was erected in 1853, serving Britain's most hardened criminals. Today, its Gothic inspired buildings form an open air museum and World Heritage property, along with other Australian Convict Sites.
You will walk the dreary halls of the penitentiary. And seeing the solitary confinement cells are guaranteed to help you appreciate your freedom and travels all the more. Your entry also provides you with a Harbour Cruise around the Isle of the Dead, appropriately named in regards to the prisoners who had tried to escape this inescapable prison.
Prior to returning to Hobart, you'll visit the historic village of Richmond. This town with less than 1,000 inhabitants boasts a penchant for preserving its 19th century appeal. It features the Richmond Bridge, Australia's oldest bridge, and Australia's oldest Roman Catholic church, the St. John's Church. Reserve this astounding tour for Australia's natural beauty and perspective on how far the penal system has come.