Port Arthur

A Humbling Historic & Tasmanian Experience

Region: Hobart & South

A Humbling Historic & Tasmanian Experience

What to do in Port Arthur Tasmania

Port Arthur is one of the best-preserved convict sites in Australia, where you can explore multiple prison buildings in their near-original condition. A day spent exploring the site is a humbling experience which reminds one of the terrible conditions the convicts had to endure while imprisoned there. A cruise around the peninsula takes you to Cemetery Island and gives  a beautiful view of Port Arthur from the bay.

A day spent exploring Port Arthur is a humbling experience… and a cruise around the peninsula gives a beautiful view of the site from the bay

Port Arthur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Tasmania’s top tourist attraction and was founded in 1830 as a penal settlement for the colonies. From 1833 to 1853 Port Arthur was the prison for some of the hardest convicted British criminals. Despite being designed as a “Model Prison”, Port Arthur was in all reality a brutal place and as harsh as any other penal settlements. The prison closed in 1877.

For the more courageous visitors, a nightly ghost tour is available, featuring an eerie walk around the buildings in near pitch-black darkness, lit up only by traditional lanterns.

TOURS CONDUCTED AT PORT ARTHUR

  • Isle of the dead, cemetery tour
  • Point Puer boys prison tour
  • Ghost Tour
  • Audio Tour

ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE:

  • The Penitentiary
  • The separate prison
  • The dock yard
  • Isle of the dead
  • The paranormal investigation experience
  • The Hospital
  • The Convict Church
  • And many more.

FACILITIES

  • BBQs
  • Cafe
  • Kiosk
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toilets

Admission fees apply, please see the Port Arthur Website for more details.

Port Arthur Tasmania Campervan & Motorhome Parks

Big4 Port Arthur Holiday Park

Powered and unpowered sites are available for our rental motorhomes and campervans, cabins and tent sites are also available if you’re renting a car from AutoRent. Located at Garden Point Rd, Port Arthur.

Visit the Port Arthur Holiday Park Website

White Beach Tourist Park

This caravan park has powered campervan sites and also has cabins and campsites available. Only ten minutes drive from Port Arthur, sheltered in the beautiful Wedge Bay only a stones throw from the water.

Visit the White Beach Tourist Park Website

Travel Times & Distances to Port Arthur Tasmania

From Hobart: app. 1 hour 25 minutes – 95kms
From Launceston: app. 3 hours – 253kms
From Devonport: app. 4 hours – 333kms