If you love history, then the Port Arthur Historic Site is something every family must visit at some point.
In fact, it’s one of the most culturally important convict sites in the entire country! It’s located on the Tasman Peninsula, so it will also give you some pretty amazing views too!
There are multiple sites at Port Arthur Historic Site, so when you purchase your admission, you actually get two consecutive days entry, and includes a guided walking tour, which gives you a great introduction to the area, the history and the people.
The history of Port Arthur is fascinating, and very varied. From industrial sites, to ship building, to a penal settlement, and now on the World Heritage List, there is so much to see and do, so make sure you take the two full days!
There is so much to see and do. The Penitentiary was built in 1842, and now is just an imposing ruin. It housed over 480 convicts at one point, and included Watchman’s Quarters, a mess room, library, chapel, and workshops. It was gutted by fire in 1897, but was then restored somewhat in the 1960s.
Did you know that solitary confinement was given for those really bad people, so the Separate Prison was built in 1850, where people could sit in silence and contemplate. Can you guess what might have been going through their minds?
There is a cemetery tour, Dockyard, Ghost Tours and even Paranormal Investigation Experiences. During summer there are a host of activities including Twilight walking tours, theatre performances and school holiday activities!
An incredible look into the history of Tasmania, and Australia, and this not-to-be-missed experience in Port Arthur.