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Port Arthur

Port Arthur

Open 9am to dusk
Port Arthur Historic Site, Arthur Highway, Hobart, 7182

The Basics

Journey back in time on a tour of Port Arthur and explore the vast ruins of the penal settlement, including the Penitentiary, Separate Prison, Dockyard, Port Arthur gardens, Coal Mines Historic Site, Cascades Female Factory, and Gothic church. Prebook a 2-day pass or take a private or small-group tour that leaves from Hobart, often combined with other regional highlights, such as a scenic cruise around Tasman Peninsula, a cliff-top walk to Waterfall Bay, or a Hobart city tour. Two-day entrance tickets to Port Arthur include a guided walking tour, a harbour cruise, and access to all sites, except the Isle of the Dead and Point Puer, for which guided tours are extra.

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Port Arthur Tour from Hobart
Port Arthur Tour from Hobart
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$103.56 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Excellent PT Arthur Tour
Tim our driver from Gray Line was excellent, informative, friendly and polite. The guide at PT Arthur took too long to explain site so little time left to see buildings but still great day.
MaryJane_W, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Hobart

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Highly recommended, absolutely amazing.
Tuhinadry_C, Sep 2021
Port Arthur and Lavender Farm Active Day Tour
We had a wonderful day. Our tour guide was absolutely amazing. He was very knowledgeable and narrated the history of the places we went and that made it even more interesting. Unfortunately the lavender farm was closed due to restoration though the shops and cafe was open. Apart from that we had wonderful time at Port Arthur, did a 30 minute cruise, went to Richmond and few other places. We'd highly recommend. We had a memorable experience.
star-5
Great Value for Money
Marcus_S, Sep 2021
Port Arthur Tour from Hobart
An important part in Australian History, The Port Arthur tour is a must for any Hobart visit. Our driver, Mark, is helpful and very knowledgeable - a great asset. His level of insight really helps draw a picture of the life in those times. The added stops were also amazing to see. I strongly suggest booking one of these tours.
star-5
Great day
Jaqueline_D, Jul 2021
Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay
The cliff top walk was amazing!! Jaw dropping views and serene nature, port Arthur was fantastic, such history! The amazing stops on the way were incredible, the guide were fantastic too
star-5
Fantastic Port Arthur tour
Rebecca, Sep 2021
Port Arthur Tour from Hobart
Port Arthur Historic Site was not only interesting but the scenery was stunning. Well worth the visit. Our bus driver and tour guide Jim was fantastic - very knowledgeable. Entertaining (but cheesy!) jokes. Punctual but we never felt rushed.
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Our tour quide Nick was...
Pat_O, Oct 2021
Port Arthur and Tassie Devils Active Day Tour from Hobart
Our tour quide Nick was very informative and helpful couldn’t fault him at all we had the best day Thanks
star-5
An amazing and beautiful...
Margaret_J, Sep 2021
Full-Day Port Arthur Historic Site Tour and Admission Ticket
An amazing and beautiful place but so sad how we treated convicts. the park is set out, so it is easy to get around.
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Port Aurthur Review
Eliza_K, Sep 2021
Port Arthur Tour from Hobart
We had a wonderful time on the Port Aurthur Tour. We had the chance to see so many amazing sights and learn the history of convict living in Tasmania. Jim was a great driver, educator and jokester! I would definitely recommend this tour to others.
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Port Arthur
Fiona_G, Aug 2021
Port Arthur Tour from Hobart
A good day. Plenty of information provided throughout the tour. Well organised and a good way to see the sights of Port Arthur
star-5
Best day ever!
Rocky_P, Sep 2021
Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart
Absolutely one of the best experiences we have been on. A great team, professional communication and overall a fantastic day! Thank you. Photos wouldn’t load sorry.
star-5
Great day out
Nellie_C, Jul 2021
Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart
A great day out and would recommend to anyone. Staff and crew were very professional from beginning to end.
star-5
Great day tour
Holly_B, Jun 2021
Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay
We loved the day trip ! Our tour guide nick was so informative and lovely. Not much opportunity to eat so remember to bring snacks! Highly recommend this day trip!
star-5
See a lot in one day
Andreas_K, May 2021
Port Arthur and Tassie Devils Active Day Tour from Hobart
The driver was great, very knowledgeable and courteous. Our whole group felt very well looked after.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Port Arthur historic site is spread across 100 acres (40 hectares), so plan at least a half-day visit.

  • Facilities at Port Arthur include a visitor center, restrooms, gift shop, and cafe/restaurant.

  • Cell phone coverage is limited at Port Arthur, but free Wi-Fi is available on-site.

  • Bring sunscreen, comfortable shoes, a raincoat, and plenty of water if you plan on taking a walking tour—weather can change quickly at the open-air site.

  • Most of the Port Arthur historic site is wheelchair accessible, and a shuttle buggy service is available for those with limited mobility.

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How to Get There

Port Arthur is located on the Tasman Peninsula, 37 miles (60 kilometers) south of Hobart. Public buses run from the city, and it’s a 1.5-hour drive along the scenic Arthur Highway, crossing Eaglehawk Neck, the narrow isthmus that joins the peninsula to the mainland. The closest airport is in Hobart.

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When to Get There

Port Arthur is open year-round, although hours are extended in summer. The summer season (December to February) is busy so it’s best to arrive early to avoid crowds. Visiting out of season is generally quieter, but be prepared for changeable weather and less frequent tours.

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Port Arthur Tours

The stories of Port Arthur are told in different ways. Interactive displays tell the tragic story of the 12,500 convicts who served time from 1830 to 1877, while after-dark ghost tours explore the site’s haunted buildings. Optional guided tours visit the Isle of the Dead, the final resting place for many of the convicts, and the Point Puer boys’ prison, an experimental prison that housed around 3,000 young boys between 1834 and 1849.

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