Port Arthur Tour from Hobart with Waterfront Departure Point (No Hotel Pick-Up)

  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
  • Operates: Daily
  • Departs from: Franklin Wharf, Waterfront
  • Departs at: 7.45am

Overview

Step back in time on this full day tour from Hobart to the Port Arthur Historic Site. Learn the compelling story of Australia’s convict past as you explore this former convict settlement; now a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. This tour has one pick-up and drop-off point (Hobart waterfront) and includes your Port Arthur entry ticket. It’s a cost-effective tour option for those staying in the CBD.

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Port Arthur Tour from Hobart with Waterfront Departure Point
5

Stephen E (via TripAdvisor)

This place is amazing. What a great way to learn a bit of the history of Australia. The site is extremely well kept and very insightful. It’s set out in such a way that it’s fun for everyone, even though there’s a pretty dark past here. This is one of the best historic sites I have been to, and I just wish that I had two full days to see it all.

Featured guest review

This place is amazing. What a great way to learn a bit of the history of Australia. The site is extremely well kept and very insightful. It's set out in such a way that it's fun for everyone, even though there's a pretty dark past here. This is one of the best historic sites I have been to, and I just wish that I had two full days to see it all.- Stephen E (via TripAdvisor)
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
  • Operates: Daily
  • Departs from: Franklin Wharf, Waterfront
  • Departs at: 7.45am
$99.00

  • Travel from Hobart to the beautiful Tasman Peninsula — an area of abundant natural bushland, native wildlife and sublime coastal scenery
  • Pass through Eaglehawk Neck — the only entrance to the peninsula
  • Enjoy seven hours at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Join an included guided walking tour with a local guide to learn about the many restored buildings and ruins
  • Visit the Interpretative Centre and learn about the harrowing daily life of a convict
  • See the famous penitentiary building, separate prison, Commandant’s House, chapel, and so much more
  • View the Isle of the Dead during a short cruise on Carnarvon Bay.
  • Comfortable return transport from Hobart
  • Entry to Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Guided walking tour with a Port Arthur Historic Site guide
  • Harbour cruise.

  • Sharon R – Via TripAdvisor

    A big part of our history, this site is well preserved and well worth a visit. Your entry includes a shore introductory tour where the guide gives you a brief history and points out some of the main buildings which you can explore your self (you receive a guide brochure on arrival). It also includes a 20 minute cruise of the harbour which is very pleasant.

  • Stephen E – Via TripAdvisor

    This place is amazing. What a great way to learn a bit of the history of Australia. The site is extremely well kept and very insightful. It's set out in such a way that it's fun for everyone, even though there's a pretty dark past here. We did the Isle of the Dead tour as well and I would recommend that to anyone heading this way. This is one of the best historic sites I have been to, and I just wish that I had two full days to see it all.

  • Bren P – Via TripAdvisor

    Convict Australian History, well explained by our tour guide lady, she’s amazing, engaging, entertaining and even dramatise some spills given to the convicts!

  • Junde01ijrt – Via TripAdvisor

    We really appreciated our trip to Port Arthur - we had a mixture of sadness and it stimulated our interest in our history. The setting is actually very beautiful now. There has obviously been a lot of rebuilding and strengthening of the original buildings. The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. We walked around the sites on the higher ground and finished at the penitentiary. The separate prison is a must see and very haunting. Port Arthur is a integral part of the history of our nation and its convict settlers. The memorial to the recent sad events was appropriate and fittingly there was no mention of the name of the perpetrator.

  • Fleurger – Via TripAdvisor

    It's creepy as hell but the tour guides are amazing. So passionate about their stories and really humanises what happened here. The memorial to Australia's worse gun violence was really beautiful too and makes me proud to think we as a country changed that day and said enough.

  • Highlights
    • Travel from Hobart to the beautiful Tasman Peninsula — an area of abundant natural bushland, native wildlife and sublime coastal scenery
    • Pass through Eaglehawk Neck — the only entrance to the peninsula
    • Enjoy seven hours at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site
    • Join an included guided walking tour with a local guide to learn about the many restored buildings and ruins
    • Visit the Interpretative Centre and learn about the harrowing daily life of a convict
    • See the famous penitentiary building, separate prison, Commandant’s House, chapel, and so much more
    • View the Isle of the Dead during a short cruise on Carnarvon Bay.
  • What's Included
    • Comfortable return transport from Hobart
    • Entry to Port Arthur Historic Site
    • Guided walking tour with a Port Arthur Historic Site guide
    • Harbour cruise.
  • What You Can Expect

    This Port Arthur Tour from Hobart with Waterfront Departure Point is a cost-effective option for those staying in the Hobart CBD to visit the fascinating Port Arthur Historic Site — one of the country’s best-preserved records of convict life and one of Tasmania’s top tourist attractions. You’ll travel in air-conditioned comfort and have a full seven hours to immerse yourself in the backstory of Port Arthur. You’ll enjoy an informative guided walk around the former penal settlement and a cruise past the aptly named Isle of the Dead. This is a day out that history lovers will absolutely adore. For others, it’s a chance to see some of the most beautiful parts of Tasmania.

    This tour has one central departure point (Hobart Waterfront). From there, you’ll travel east through rolling pastoral countryside towards the Tasman Peninsula. The peninsula is almost entirely surrounded by water (with narrow Eaglehawk Neck the only entry point), which made it the ideal location for incarceration of prisoners from England — most of whom couldn’t swim.

    On arrival at the Port Arthur Historic Site, you’ll enjoy a 40-minute guided walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide (included in the cost of your ticket). The settlement was constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries. Your guide will point out key buildings and answer any questions you may have.

    You’ll have ample time to explore the site further at your own pace, before taking a short harbour cruise past the aptly named Isle of the Dead. Here, more than a thousand convicts and colonial officials were laid to rest during the settlement’s working life.

    Your return transfer to Hobart will depart Port Arthur at 4.45pm, with arrival back in the city at approximately 6.30.

    This Port Arthur Tour from Hobart with Waterfront Departure Point is fabulous value and will give you a full day to delve into Australia’s convict past.

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  • Guest Reviews

    • Sharon R – Via TripAdvisor

      A big part of our history, this site is well preserved and well worth a visit. Your entry includes a shore introductory tour where the guide gives you a brief history and points out some of the main buildings which you can explore your self (you receive a guide brochure on arrival). It also includes a 20 minute cruise of the harbour which is very pleasant.

    • Stephen E – Via TripAdvisor

      This place is amazing. What a great way to learn a bit of the history of Australia. The site is extremely well kept and very insightful. It's set out in such a way that it's fun for everyone, even though there's a pretty dark past here. We did the Isle of the Dead tour as well and I would recommend that to anyone heading this way. This is one of the best historic sites I have been to, and I just wish that I had two full days to see it all.

    • Bren P – Via TripAdvisor

      Convict Australian History, well explained by our tour guide lady, she’s amazing, engaging, entertaining and even dramatise some spills given to the convicts!

    • Junde01ijrt – Via TripAdvisor

      We really appreciated our trip to Port Arthur - we had a mixture of sadness and it stimulated our interest in our history. The setting is actually very beautiful now. There has obviously been a lot of rebuilding and strengthening of the original buildings. The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. We walked around the sites on the higher ground and finished at the penitentiary. The separate prison is a must see and very haunting. Port Arthur is a integral part of the history of our nation and its convict settlers. The memorial to the recent sad events was appropriate and fittingly there was no mention of the name of the perpetrator.

    • Fleurger – Via TripAdvisor

      It's creepy as hell but the tour guides are amazing. So passionate about their stories and really humanises what happened here. The memorial to Australia's worse gun violence was really beautiful too and makes me proud to think we as a country changed that day and said enough.

  • Important Information
    • Once your booking has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address. You will also receive a booking confirmation with hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
    • The itinerary provided is a guide only and may change due to operational requirements.
    • Meals are available for purchase at the Port Arthur Historic Site (at your own expense). Alternatively, you may like to bring a picnic.
    • This tour operates in all weather conditions.
    • To purchase a gift voucher, please click here.
    • Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.
    • View our booking terms and conditions here.
What You Can Expect

This Port Arthur Tour from Hobart with Waterfront Departure Point is a cost-effective option for those staying in the Hobart CBD to visit the fascinating Port Arthur Historic Site — one of the country’s best-preserved records of convict life and one of Tasmania’s top tourist attractions. You’ll travel in air-conditioned comfort and have a full seven hours to immerse yourself in the backstory of Port Arthur. You’ll enjoy an informative guided walk around the former penal settlement and a cruise past the aptly named Isle of the Dead. This is a day out that history lovers will absolutely adore. For others, it’s a chance to see some of the most beautiful parts of Tasmania.

This tour has one central departure point (Hobart Waterfront). From there, you’ll travel east through rolling pastoral countryside towards the Tasman Peninsula. The peninsula is almost entirely surrounded by water (with narrow Eaglehawk Neck the only entry point), which made it the ideal location for incarceration of prisoners from England — most of whom couldn’t swim.

On arrival at the Port Arthur Historic Site, you’ll enjoy a 40-minute guided walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide (included in the cost of your ticket). The settlement was constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries. Your guide will point out key buildings and answer any questions you may have.

You’ll have ample time to explore the site further at your own pace, before taking a short harbour cruise past the aptly named Isle of the Dead. Here, more than a thousand convicts and colonial officials were laid to rest during the settlement’s working life.

Your return transfer to Hobart will depart Port Arthur at 4.45pm, with arrival back in the city at approximately 6.30.

This Port Arthur Tour from Hobart with Waterfront Departure Point is fabulous value and will give you a full day to delve into Australia’s convict past.

Important Information
  • Once your booking has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address. You will also receive a booking confirmation with hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
  • The itinerary provided is a guide only and may change due to operational requirements.
  • Meals are available for purchase at the Port Arthur Historic Site (at your own expense). Alternatively, you may like to bring a picnic.
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions.
  • To purchase a gift voucher, please click here.
  • Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.
  • View our booking terms and conditions here.
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