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Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart
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icon10 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Experience the Tasman Peninsula by both land and sea on this day trip from Hobart that includes a 3-hour cruise along the coast of Tasman National Park. Gaze up at towering sea cliffs, look for wildlife like falcons and seals, and learn about the peninsula’s ecosystem. Then visit the World Heritage–listed Port Arthur Historic Site for an in-depth look at Australia’s penal history at this former convict colony. Lunch is included.
  • Tasman Peninsula day trip from Hobart
  • Enjoy a 3-hour eco-cruise along the spectacular coastline of Tasman National Park
  • Explore Port Arthur Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Discover the history of the former convict colony

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This longer-than-most tour includes ample time to experience both attractions.
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Scenic guided bus tour
Coffee and/or Tea
3-hour wilderness cruise
Lunch
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys , Dock Head Building, Franklin Wharf, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia

Located between the Elizabeth St Pier and Constitution Dock Lifting Bridge

7:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your day trip begins as you depart Hobart by bus for the drive to the Tasman Peninsula. Stop by a local cafe for morning tea, and then embark on your 3-hour wilderness cruise along the coastline of Tasman National Park, from Eaglehawk Neck all the way around to Port Arthur.

While you’re on the water, stare up at some of the southern hemisphere’s tallest vertical sea cliffs, spot sea caves and watch for peregrine falcons nesting on the rugged coastline. From the boat’s open-air tiered seating, everyone can enjoy good views, increasing your chances of catching sight of marine life like seals, dolphins, seabirds and maybe even whales. You’ll also hear about Tasman Peninsula’s history, native wildlife and natural environment from the onboard interpretive guide.

Returning to land, enjoy an included lunch before your tour continues to Port Arthur Historic Site, part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Australian Convict Sites. You have three hours at this former penal settlement to dive into Australia’s convict history. Explore the many old structures and ruins that dot the landscaped grounds, from the penitentiary building and guard tower to a church.

Your day trip concludes with the return drive to Hobart.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
Your driver/guide will meet you at our Hobart office for check in and the start of your guided full day tour.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Port Arthur Historic Site
Guests will have three hours to explore Port Arthur Historic Site, including lunch.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tasman Island Cruises
Our guides will meet you at our Visitor Centre as you embark on your three hour wilderness cruise, exploring the soaring cliffs and coastline of the Tasman Peninsula.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Full-length waterproof and windproof jackets provided
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 43 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The cruise is long and is a true adventure (dont forget to put warm clothes even if hot weather and please note you will be a bit wet by the ocean waves, whatever your place on the boat." See review
  • "It is a long day, but you are fed and hydrated and you get to see some great natural formations and wildlife." See review

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A once-in-a-lifetime day!
Rocio_M
, May 2022
This was an amazing day all around! All the tour guides during the day were entertaining, knowledgeable and making sure everyone was having a great time. The added bonus (quite rare!) which was a once in a lifetime was seeing a pod of orcas swimming around the coast. Combining this with the dramatic views of the Tasmania coast made for a day that will be very hard to forget!
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Spectacular Cruise
Tracy_R
, May 2022
WOW..WOW…WOW, this cruise was just spectacular of the Southern Tasman Coastline, from the 300 meter cliffs to the caves were just amazing to witness. The guides Tim and Luke were wonderful, they were both so informative and just made our day perfect. Doing Port Arthur after an excellent lunch in the afternoon just topped off an awesome day. I highly recommend this tour, trust me it’s a memory that will last you a lifetime.
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The experience was...
Arnab_M
, May 2022
The experience was remarkable, something I would suggest anyone and everyone. Never been more fascinated by mother nature than this
star-5
Great day, great guides
Aida_C
, May 2022
We had the most incredible day going out to Tasman Island and Port Arthur. Our guides Mitch and Scott were very knowledgeable and they had a great sense of humour, which kept everyone in great spirits throughout the day. Seeing seals, dolphins and albatrosses was very special as was taking time to walk around Port Arthur and reading about some of the old local characters. At the end of the day, Mitch was also kind enough to drop everyone off at their hotels. We were really taken care of and we will definitely recommend this day trip to others.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Aida Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your Tasman Island Cruises experience. We love sharing this very special part of the world. Cheers Melinda
star-5
Must see if going to Tassie
Aynslee_E
, Apr 2022
Great day - very knowledgeable staff on the boat trip with great sites to view. Port Arthur very interesting. Worth the 20 minute guided tour then do your own thing. Bus driver lovely too
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Aynslee Thank you so mcuh for taking the time to provide feedback on your Tasman Island Cruises experience with us. Cheers Melinda
star-5
Worth every penny!
Jenny_T
, Apr 2022
An awesome day - Phil was a fantastic tour guide, really informed and shared really interesting stories. The coastal tour was fantastic- we saw many seals, sea birds, and dolphins! The coastline is breathtaking, and the 2 guys who took our boat tour made it really enjoyable! Some terrible but funny dad jokes, and a wealth of knowledge. Port Arthur- the guide spoke so well, she really know her stuff. It is so well maintained and such interesting stories. Would definitely recommend- all of the Pennicott tours are world-class and make us proud to see our beautiful country. Thankyou!!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Jenny Thank you so much for your amazing feedback. We love sharing this special part of the world with guests. Cheers Melinda
star-5
Must try when in Tassie
DIOSDADOJR_V
, Apr 2022
My most memorable was during the Tasman cruise when I saw the dolphins and the seals. These were added bonus to the picturesque backdrop - Tasmanian nature!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you so much for your amazing feedback. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your Tasman Island Cruises experience with us. Cheers Melinda
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The scenery from the boat...
Mark_R
, Apr 2022
The scenery from the boat along the coast was amazing. Nick and Yani were knowledgeable and fun. Consant commentary was so informative.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Mark Thank you so much for your feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed your Tasman Island Cruises experience with us. Cheers Melinda
star-5
A Fantastic all day Adventure
Alecia_V
, Apr 2022
A brilliant day from start to finish. Tassie turned on the weather! Coach Driver and Tour Guide Phil was awesome. Catered Morning Tea and Lunch were great with food allergies (Coeliac) well catered for. The Pennicott Boat Tour was incredible. Spectacular scenery, breathtaking views of caves and cliffs, colours of the Tasman Coast, dedicated time for photo opportunities and witty commentary from the Skipper, made for a memorable day. Teen’s review , Cain and Damo were the best! Port Arthur Historic Site was amazing. Much has changed in 22 years making the even more enjoyable. Gardens and landscapes are serene. The historical element is invaluable. Teens thoroughly enjoyed the short guided tour. Highly recommend this whole day tour. A fantastic adventure experience.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Alecia Thank you so much for your considered feedback. We are so glad to hear that your family had a wonderful experience with us. Cheers Melinda
star-5
A great day out!!
Sam_H
, Mar 2022
One of the best days I’ve had. Well worth the time and money. Very picturesque, stunning scenery. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear Sam Thanks so much for your awesome feedback on your Tasman Island Cruises experience. Cheers Melinda

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