Port Arthur Historic Site

Port Arthur Historic Site

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Port Arthur Historic Site. Tasman Peninsula

We are excited to announce that the Honourable Will Hodgman Premier of Tasmania has formally reopened our newly developed Visitor Centre.

The new Visitor Centre features a brand new restaurant – 1830, where diners can enjoy fresh local produce with views out over the World Heritage site.  Our popular café has been expanded to include different styles of service with additional outdoor dining space.  There is a dedicated space for walkers embarking on the Three Capes Track to prepare for their adventure.

Even more exciting is the introduction of 52 new character cards in a state-of-the-art interactive gallery inviting you to delve deeper into the who, what and when of Port Arthur’s fascinating and layered history.

New Operations from 18 December 2017:

  • Access to the Historic Site will be via the Visitor Centre main entrance.
  • Guided Tourswill once again depart from the lower level of the Visitor Centre.
  • Ghost Tours will resume to their normal operations starting from the Visitor Centre.
  • Café will be open from 9am-8.30pm
  • Three Capes Trackwalkers will have a dedicated check in counter and luggage storage area in the lower level of the Visitor Centre
  • The NEW Port Arthur Gallery will be open for all visitors to explore the history and stories of Port Arthur

The entire team at Port Arthur Historic Site welcomes you to experience our enhanced visitor services.

Discover the award winning World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site to connect with Australia’s convict past, and the history, that has helped shaped the nation. For more than forty years until its closure in 1877, Port Arthur was a penal settlement as well as a military and industrial centre, encompassing mining, farming, timber cutting, boat building and many other trades.

Visitors can meet the rogues and the righteous, villains and victors, saints and lost souls of Port Arthur through a variety of interpretive experiences, including guided tours, harbour cruise, audio iPod tour, multimedia presentations, restored houses, museum displaysas well as a high-tech audio installation at the dockyard.

The Port Arthur Historic Site offers different dining options allowing visitors to choose from casual café alfresco dining to a la carte restaurant service in 1830. A courtesy shuttle for those with limited mobility, restrooms, and a Tasmanian Visitor Information Network (TVIN) desk are also provided. Not to be missed are the magnificent gardens, convict ruins and historic buildings and short walking trails through the natural bush that surrounds the Site.

As there is a lot to see and do at Port Arthur, site entry passes are valid for two consecutive days, and include a 45 minute guided introductory walking tour and a 25 minute harbour cruise.  For those brave enough, the ever popular Ghost Tours begin after dark.

What did it take to escape from Port Arthur?

Port Arthur Historic Site has just released a completely new tour  – Escape from Port Arthur – a walking true crime adventure where you’ll meet cunning and criminal characters, some clever, some courageous and some without hope…

Port Arthur was the perfect place for a prison – it was remote and isolated by both the foreboding natural landscape and deep tempestuous seas. Despite the perilous odds, escape attempts were frequent and took many forms.

Convicts went to extreme measures, men whose desire for freedom far outweighed any fear of consequences. They were not intimidated by authority and were more than willing to risk severe punishment and ultimately survival.

Surrender your freedom for 1 hour to take this exciting new tour offered daily at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm from 13 August 2018.

Please note the tour covers approximately 1.5km and is not recommended for anyone with limited mobility and normal site entry fees apply.

Call Innkeepers Tasmania on 1300 130 269 for bookings

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