Located on the Tasman Peninsula in the far south of Tasmania, Port Arthur began operating in 1830 as a timber station. It became a prison settlement for male convicts in 1833. It is a unique piece of Australian history and a must see.
The Historic Site has much to reveal for the tourist, including interpretation gallery and over thirty buildings, ruins and restored period furnished homes.
There are guided historical walking tours, including a renowned ghost tour and a scenic harbour cruise in the summer.
Historic Ghost Tours - Imagine the sounds of chained prisoners trudging along pathways and the snap of the cat-o'-nine-tails cracking through the air. Listen to the experienced guide whispering about the spine-chilling sightings of apparitions and the many strange occurences, many of which have been documented from the convict period through to now. The tours depart adter dusk for about one and a half hours. Make sure you wear adequate footware and bring a jacket. Better still, bring a friend to cling to.
Convict Trail - Port Arthur has many monuments to the convict system. Follow the yellow convict markers from Eaglehawk neck to Port Arthur via the Nubeena link road to see these sites. Purchase booklet from Hobart and Port Arthur Visitor Centres.
Isle of the Dead Tour - Visit the final resting place for convicts, soldiers, civilians and their families. This one hour guided tour of the cemetery will introduce you to the people who lived and died at the settlement.