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Port Arthur Historic Site

Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
+61 3 6251 2310
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The Port Arthur Historic Site is the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia and among the most significant convict era sites in the world. It has won many awards and has been called one of Australia's great tourism destinations. The Site combines rich history and scenic beauty to tell the stories of the harsh discipline and determined industry of the settlement. It is a place to discover Australian history and connect with the origins of Australian culture.
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“ghost tour” (363 reviews)
“walking tour” (209 reviews)
“harbour cruise” (125 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
+61 3 6251 2310
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Winter was a great time to go. Hardly any people. Silence really helped take in the vibe of this site. We spent 4.5 hours there. Within the $39 ticket price you get a complimentary Harbor cruise and a free walking tour We left the walking...More

Thank Natalie G
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We loved our time in Port Arthur. The ruins have been preserved well and many of the house interiors have been staged to help you visualise them in their day. Make sure you walk to the far end of the site and visit the solitary...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Awesome trip from northwest tassie with the kids during school holidays. Had a lovely day out and kids loved it 😃

Thank Rumour1
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Wonderful place full of heritage. Fascinating stories. Isle of the dead was amazing. A must visit when down South.

Thank jinglebells1961
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited Port Arthur over two days and had a great time. A ferry tour and walking tour are included in your entry fee and entry is valid for two days, so I would recommend taking advantage of this and taking your time to go...More

Thank lizhen2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is unfortunate that some people cannot control their children, nor wish to at historic sights like P.A. There are some wonderfully intact buildings such as the separate prison but with children being allowed to run, people yelling etc it is hard to experience more...More

Thank Davidb18
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Port Arthur Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Davidb18, Thank you kindly for taking the time to leave a review after your recent visit to the historic site. We are pleased you enjoyed the historical aspects of the site and furthered your understanding of the penal colony at Port Arthur. We are...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the historic prison site while on a Tasmania holiday in January 2017. The guided tour was very informative and totally absorbing. The guide gave a very comprehensive overview of the historic site and the whole presentation was very well presented. Well worth the trip...More

Thank mel19462015
Reviewed 1 week ago

While what happened to the convicts can be confronting for some people, the history is most significant. Started with the local guide walk (included in the entry fee) which was both informative and entertaining. After that we went on the complimentary harbour cruise which again...More

Thank OzHolly
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Port Arthur Historical site was absolutely a highlight of our Tasmania trip. We recommend the short introductory tour upon arrival as it gives you the basic information. We took a day and half to see everything, inclusive of the boat tours to Port Puer...More

Thank MMR1316
Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I only allowed half a day to see this attraction. In hindsight we could have spent a whole day there, maybe even two. The site is sprawling and there is plenty of interesting history to absorb. The site is clean, well-maintained and...More

Thank David C
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Andrew Y
1 April 2017|
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Response from PortArthurSite | Property representative |
Hi Andrew Y, Thanks for your question re the time to allow on site. We have over 100 acre to explore at the site with over 30 historic buildings and remains to see. Within site entry you have can enjoy a 40 minute... More
7 March 2017|
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Response from PortArthurSite | Property representative |
Hi jgough24, Great to know you're coming to visit Port Arthur Historic Site as part of your cruise. You will be able to access the Historic Site as a cruise passenger. We are a tender port and as cruise ship guests you... More
4 February 2017|
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Response from davidlamtraveller | Reviewed this property |
We took the tour with guide from Port Arthur and it took about one hour.We spent 90 minutes more to take photos.