Port Arthur Historic Site

Port Arthur Historic Site Tour (Van Diemen's Land, Forestier Peninsula)
Excursion Highlights:
  • Experience the riveting history of Tasmania's convict heritage with our Private Bay of Islands Highlights tour.
  • Venture to the renowned Coal River Valley, a picturesque wine region, and make a pitstop at the iconic Richmond Bridge.
  • Discover the stunning Pirates Bay; admire its rugged coastline, striking rock formations, and pristine landscapes.
  • Walk through the haunting Port Arthur historic site, explore over 30 restored buildings and ruins, and play "The Lottery of Life.”
  • Enjoy a captivating harbor cruise around the Isle of the Dead, the final resting place for Port Arthur's convicts, included in your unforgettable tour.
Price: $149.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Active
Shore Excursion Duration 9 Hours 15 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 5 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are suggested.
Restrictions Guests must be able to walk over pavement, gravel, and packed dirt. There are some steps at Port Arthur. A collapsible wheelchair can be stored on the vehicle.

Port Arthur Historic Site

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. You'll make a stop at Pirates Bay to admire the wonderful views, rugged coastline, and striking rock formations.

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.

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