Experience the mysteries of days gone by at the historic Tasmanian village of Port Arthur.
Read on to discover the best things to do and see in Port Arthur or find and book accommodation in Port Arthur today.
Named after Governor George Arthur, Port Arthur was established in 1830 as a logging camp but, for 20 years from 1833 until 1853, it was notorious as a penal settlement for generally poor, young people from England, Scotland and Ireland who had committed multiple offences. Today, this quaint town is a popular tourist destination, rich in history and natural beauty.
Beyond the remnants of Australia’s colonial history, there is much to see and do in Port Arthur. Enjoy the best of Tasmania’s award-winning food and wine by sampling some of Bruny Island’s succulent oysters or tasting the Coal River Valley’s acclaimed cool climate wines. Visitors can also experience the region’s wild ocean wilderness by taking a Tasman Island cruise – probably the best way to see the spectacular peninsula’s coastline. Long walks and historic sites are also a-plenty, while a leisurely stroll along one of the town’s secluded beaches is an absolute must.
The World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site is a remarkable Australian destination, owing in no small part to the well-preserved penal colony buildings. Visitors can join ghost tours to hear tales of yesteryear, or visit the infamous ‘Separate Prison’.
This much-anticipated coastal bushwalking experience introduces curious visitors to the region’s award-winning wilderness. The track extends for 82km, and showcases the stunning scenery of Cape Raoul, Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy.
Like the name suggests, Remarkable Cave is a truly astounding rock formation. The cave was once a single deep cave, but has evolved into a striking rock bridge carved out of the sandstone cliff face. What is truly intriguing about this natural wonder however is that when the opening is viewed from the observation platform, it echoes the shape of Tasmania itself.
Port Arthur is located on Tasmania’s Tasman Peninsula, about 94km south east of Hobart.
From Hobart, Port Arthur is only a 45 minute drive away.
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