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Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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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)
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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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Q:
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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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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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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  • "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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Amazing day!
Maja_M
, Jun 2021
The tour offer more than we even expected, and the whole experience is great. Next time Tassie I will look what other tours the have to offer. Thank you!
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interesting day at Port Arthu
simon_w
, Jun 2021
I thoroughly recommend going on the Port Arthur Trip, which was very well organised. Kudos also to the driver, Jim, who kept us amused with his banter.
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Great family day trip.
Nisha_D
, May 2021
Well organized, friendly and knowledgeable driver/guide Phil. Stopped at some lovely spots on the way back that we would otherwise not have visited. Great day for the family, toddler included.
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Great day out
Janet_A
, May 2021
Great day out, Phil the driver was knowledgeable and went out of his way to throw in a few extra sites along the way, would highly recommend. Janet from Sydney
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Exceptional, add it to your bucket list!
Katrina_T
, May 2021
Phil was exceptional, well versed on local history and entertaining throughout. Great inclusions and ample opportunity to do your own exploring. Couldn’t fault this tour, add it to your bucket list Hobart visitors 🙌😊
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Touring with Tim
Gary_M
, May 2021
Excellent day out highlighted by our colourful humorous and knowledgeable guide thru Port Arthur and surrounds
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Great experience to Port Arthur.
Silvio_G
, May 2021
Expert commentary by driver/guide Jim to Port Arthur & back. Extremely knowledgeable and clear communicator. Only suggestion to Jim is to keep members of the group more tightly together.
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Great Day at Port Arthur
Jan_S
, May 2021
With gorgeous weather and a professional ,caring and knowledgeable guide in Phil it was a great day! Port Arthur has a lot to offer and with this tour combining a visit to Richmond and informative commentary it is highly recommended . Phil went out of his way to ensure all were looked after . Thank you !
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Pleasant tour
Jenny_R
, Apr 2021
It was great! Phil gave us an excellent commentary and everything happened to the timetable he gave us. Was an excellent tour.
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Gray Line Port Arthur Day Trip
Steve_K
, Apr 2021
Phil was a fantastic guide with lots of knowledge, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour. Richmond Bridge, The Tasman Arch, the Port Arthur site and the boat trip around the harbour were enjoyable, refreshing and quite informative and suitable for my 10 year old daughter.
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