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Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Visit Port Arthur Historic Site, part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Australian Convict Sites, on this day trip from Hobart. If you’re a history buff, this is the tour for you, as it’s been designed to provide as much time as possible to explore Port Arthur in one day. On a guided walking tour of the grounds, learn about the site’s history as a convict colony, visit ruins and restored buildings, and admire the coastal scenery that highlights the natural beauty of the Tasman Peninsula. A harbor cruise is included.
  • Enjoy this comprehensive full-day tour to Port Arthur
  • Take a walking tour around the landscaped grounds with more than 30 buildings and ruins
  • Learn about the history of this former convict colony and World Heritage site
  • Relax on a Carnarvon Bay cruise to admire the coast of Tasman National Park
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Port Arthur Historic Site guided tour
30-minute Harbor Cruise
Hotel pickup and drop off (selected hotels only)
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Food and drinks
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Departure Point

12 Franklin Whrf, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia

Departure Time

8:45 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your day trip to Port Arthur Historic Site starts with the drive from Hobart, crossing the Tasman Bridge to leave the city and head to the Tasman Peninsula. Sights you see along the way include Pitwater Causeway, the Forestier Peninsula, Eaglehawk Neck, and Norfolk Bay. Take a drive through the historic town of Richmond (Oct-Apr) and make a short photo stop at the famous convict-built Richmond Bridge. 

Continue to drive through the Tasman Peninsula and observe the beautiful coastal scenery of natural bushland and native Australian.

When you arrive at Port Arthur you have ample time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embark on a guided walking tour of this former seaside penal colony, once home to the most serious criminals of the time, where more than 30 restored buildings and ruins are available to explore. See sites like the penitentiary, a former granary and flour mill, the separate prison, the Commandant’s House and the church, and learn about the history of the settlement, which dates back to the 1830s, and the brutal living conditions for the convicts via interpretive and interactive presentations.

Then set off on a harbor cruise on Carnarvon Bay to admire the natural beauty of this somber World Heritage–listed site. From the water, admire the scenery of Tasman National Park with its rugged coastline, see the Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen, and circle around the Isle of the Dead.

Lunch is not included but can be purchased at Port Cafe, at the entrance to the Port Arthur Visitor Center, or at Felons, a sit-down restaurant. Both offer a selection of sandwiches, hot food, and drinks. Your day trip ends with the return drive to Hobart.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Richmond Bridge
Enjoy an orientation drive through the quaint historic town of Richmond with a short photo stop at the famous convict built Richmond Bridge (Oct to Apr)
Pass By:  
Pirates Bay/Eaglehawk Neck
Be in awe of the wonderful views from Pirates Bay lookout
Stop At:  
Port Arthur Historic Site
Arriving at Port Arthur historic site we visit the interpretation centre with its interactive exhibits and displays, and follow the harrowing life of a convict. Join a guided walking tour and learn about the many restored buildings and ruins, including the Penitentiary, commandant's house and the church.
Duration: 4 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tasman National Park
Visit the Tasman Arch, one of Tasmania's most visited natural coastal attractions
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Remarkable Cave
An optional tour to the Remarkable caves is provided during our tour to Port Arthur. Enjoy the vista from Maignon Bay lookout of the rugged southern coastline before decending the steps to the spectacular Remarkable Cave.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Australia

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Port Arthur Tour from Hobart?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Port Arthur Tour from Hobart?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Port Arthur Tour from Hobart?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Port Arthur Tour from Hobart?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "You could get a Redline bus down to Port Arthur from Hobart but with the tour you stop at a number of places on the way and back which makes the tour much more worthwhile." See review
  • "Picked up at Motel..visited some interesting places on the way there and back, highly recommend tour" See review

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Eliza_K
, Sep 2021
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 tour
LindyS
, Sep 2021
Great trip. Thoroughly enjoyed and value for money. Jim was fantastic- so knowledgeable and a really excellent tour guide / coach driver. Highly recommend.
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Fantastic Port Arthur tour
Rebecca
, Sep 2021
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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Port Arthur Day Tour
mimscriv
, Sep 2021
Phil…excellent driver and king of the dad joke! Phil is also very knowledgeable and made the day very enjoyable. We had a great day and highly recommend this tour.
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Port Arthur
Fiona_G
, Aug 2021
A good day. Plenty of information provided throughout the tour. Well organised and a good way to see the sights of Port Arthur
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Amazing!! Great value for money
Jane_E
, Jul 2021
Such an extensive tour, got to see so much and learnt a lot! Great value for the price, so enjoyable.
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Brief history lesson
Doris
, Jul 2021
Sights seeing along the way. The tour guide at Port Arthur was too brief and didn’t take us to each site to talk through features as other guides I noticed. Colin the drive and guide throughout the drive was helpful and provided good information.
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Well worth the effort and good value
Gavin_H
, Jun 2021
A very interesting day delivered in the most beautiful and scenic surroundings . Phil the tour guide was excellent - very informative and great humour. Will definitely recommend to friends and family.
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Fun & Memorable Day
CherylSharp
, Jun 2021
Phil created a very memorable day. He went out of his way to show extra places and his knowledge of the local was great. Great sense of humour. Well worth it.
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A must do!
Helen_T
, Jun 2021
This trip was both sobering and beautiful at the same time. Will always be a highlight of our trip to Tasmania and I would recommend it to anyone!
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