Go for a walk in the past on the historic site of Port Arthur! With a two-day pass to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll take a guided walking tour, gain access to over 30 historic buildings and ruins, and enjoy a harbor cruise in Port Arthur . With so much to see in Port Arthur, this two-day pass guarantees you won't miss a thing!
With more than 30 buildings spread over 40 hectares, this former penal center is the best preserved in Australia. This 2-day pass to Port Arthur gives you the chance to see as much as you can!
You can do and see the following activities and attractions in any order you wish, but it is recommended that you start with the 40-minute presentation to help you orient yourself and to discover the stories behind the penal colony of Port Arthur and the convicts who were incarcerated there.
Then, board the MV Marana for a 20-minute cruise around Port Arthur Harbor. Listen to onboard commentary as you take in views of the Isle of Dead Cemetery, Point Puer Boys' Jail, shipyards, and Tasman National Park.
To help you explore the colony in a fun and informative way, you will be given a "prisoner's playing card" at the ticket office. You will follow the life of a prisoner in Port Arthur and the detective within you will lead the investigation to discover what led him to be imprisoned. You will learn more about the different routes that led prisoners to Port Arthur and about life in Great Britain and Australia in the XNUMXth century.
Discover the shipyards, where, around 1830, convicts built some of the most beautiful ships in the colonies. They were so productive at this time that the shipwrights of Hobart petitioned to have them out of business. Listen to a soundscape and with the voices and sounds of the shipyard coming to life, you will be transported back to the XNUMXth century.
To explore the natural site, follow the Convict Water Supply Trail to hear the story of the penal colony's flour companies. Then, at the Museum and Convict Study Centre, trace your family history to see if any of your ancestors are recorded in the convict database!
Stroll through the museum, in the wing of the old asylum you discover the life of the penal colony, before ending your visit to Port Arthur at the Commanders House and the Junior Medical Officers House to see how the officers themselves lived .