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Grand Historical Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

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icon8 to 9 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Explore Port Arthur Historic Site, part of the World Heritage–listed Australian Convict Sites, on a day trip from Hobart. On a guided walking tour of the grounds, learn about the site’s history as a penal colony, check out ruins and restored buildings, and admire the coastal scenery that highlights the natural beauty of the Tasman Peninsula. Plus, take a cruise to Isle of the Dead for a walking tour of this prison cemetery. 
  • Explore the Port Arthur convict colony on this historical tour from Hobart
  • Learn about the history of this UNESCO World Heritage site
  • See more than 30 restored buildings and ruins that date back to the 1830s, such as the prison, the Commandant's House and the church
  • Take a cruise on Carnarvon Bay to Isle of the Dead
  • Hotel pickup and drop off available
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Guided Historical Walking Tour of Port Arthur
Harbor Cruise at Port Arthur
Guided tour of the Isle of the Dead
Hotel pickup and drop off (selected hotels only)
Air-conditioned vehicle
WiFi on board
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Brooke Street Pier, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia

Brooke Street Pier

Departure Time

8:45 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your day trip to Port Arthur Historic Site begins with the drive from Hobart, passing by the Royal Botanic Gardens and Government House on your way out of the city. Cross the Tasman Bridge and head to the Tasman Peninsula, passing by sights like Pitwater Causeway, the Forestier Peninsula, Eaglehawk Neck, Pirates Bay and Norfolk Bay.

When you arrive at Port Arthur, start your guided walking tour of this former convict settlement, once home to the most serious criminals of the time, where more than 30 ruins and restored buildings are available to explore. You’ll learn about the history of the remote seaside colony, which dates back to the 1830s, and the brutal living conditions for the convicts as you see sites like the penitentiary, a former granary and flour mill, the separate prison, the Commandant’s House and the church.

Then set off on a cruise across Carnarvon Bay to Isle of the Dead, where you’ll disembark for a 45-minute guided tour of the island, a cemetery where those who died at Port Arthur were buried. Your cruise also allows you to soak up the natural beauty of this somber World Heritage–listed site; admire the scenery of Tasman National Park with its rugged coastline, and see the Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen.

Lunch is not included but can be purchased at Port Cafe, at the entrance to the Port Arthur Visitor Center, or at Felons, a sit-down restaurant. Both offer a selection of sandwiches, hot food and drinks. Your day trip ends with the return drive to Hobart. 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Richmond Bridge
Photo Stop (October to April only)
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pirates Bay/Eaglehawk Neck
Lookout stop at Pirate's Bay
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Port Arthur Historic Site
- Isle of the Dead Cruise and Tour - 40 minute historical walking tour provided by Port Arthur Guides. - The Visitor Centre has a “Lottery of Life” exhibition that is an interactive area allowing you to take on the persona of an actual convict throughout their life from London to Tasmania. - The Visitor Centre also holds a café, souvenir shop and first class restaurant. - Port Arthur Museum.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The guided Historical Walking tour of Port Arthur involves a lot of walking. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • If you do not wish to participate in the full walking tour, please note small golf buggies are available free of charge. Passengers can locate a buggy at the front entrance of Port Arthur Visitor Centre (it has a full commentary).
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Australia

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Grand Historical Port Arthur Tour from Hobart?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Grand Historical Port Arthur Tour from Hobart?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Grand Historical Port Arthur Tour from Hobart?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Grand Historical Port Arthur Tour from Hobart?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

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Outstanding Port Arthur Experience
Robyn_M
, May 2021
Phil the coach driver regaled us with many aspects of life, history and nature, on the journey to Port Arthur. The guides provided certainly brought the lives and outcomes of individuals, and general population at such a harsh and isolated location. The tour was well organised, clear communication allowed for participants to explore independently or follow guided walks. The Isle of the Dead was enlightening and informative, whilst respecting the dignity of those individuals interred there. The trip to Tasman Arch on return was terrific too. An amazing day, did not disappoint.
star-5
Our tour guide was Jim and he was...
jillianarthur
, Aug 2018
Our tour guide was Jim and he was excellent. We only had 6 people on this tour. Jim was a very good narrator and very informative on the drive down to Port Arthur. We were met by a tour guide from Port Arthur who told us about the history of the place. We then had some time to look around before we met the boat for our cruise to the Isle of the Dead. Our tour guide Rob was excellent giving us a thorough history of the Island. We then had more time to look over the site. This tour was very good and we had enough time to see everything.
star-5
This is a great tour, very...
David L
, Jun 2018
This is a great tour, very informative and cultural. The bus driver is just the right amount of chatty enough to be interesting without droning on too much as some do. Once you get to Port Arthur, you have the choice of making your own way around the site, or joining with a tour guide. Either option is good, one you go at your own pace, the other you get all the information. We did a bit of both. The site itself is beautiful, but has a dark history. Also highly recommend taking the tour of the Isle of the Dead
star-4
Good tour, but not enough time to...
Auscat
, Apr 2017
Good tour, but not enough time to see everything in Port Arthur. You really need a whole day.
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star-5
This tour was wonderful! We learned...
Craig A
, Jul 2016
This tour was wonderful! We learned some very interesting things about Port Arthur. The guides were very knowledgeable and had stories to make the history come alive! I would recommend this tour for anyone!
star-3
Having Port Arthur on my bucket list...
Brooke S
, Jun 2016
Having Port Arthur on my bucket list for some time, while in Tasmania for a wedding, I took advantage of the time and booked this tour. My tour included the boat tour, a friend had highly recommended NOT going on the boat, as if you do, you won't get a chance to really explore the site and all it has to offer. I'm glad I took this up, as the boat tour doesn't leave much time at the end for lunch and further exploring before the coach returns to take everyone back to Hobart. The site itself was incredible, it would have been good to have a longer walking tour only 30-45 minutes or perhaps the ability to book one of the on-site tour guides to walk with you. I was in awe of the location and the history associated with it. Our coach driver didn't highlight much on the way to or from Port Arthur. Wether you're an Australian resident or a tourist visiting, do visit Port Arthur and learn about this important place.
star-3
Our bus driver was a very friendly...
serena c
, May 2016
Our bus driver was a very friendly and informative guide and a lot of fun. The tours both the walking tour and Isle of Dead were great but because I chose to do the Isle of Dead I really had trouble spending any quality time looking around the historical site of Port Arthur. Good tour.
star-4
Such a cool place! Definitely...
Sarah E
, Apr 2015
Such a cool place! Definitely recommend checking it out if you're at all interested in Australia's prisoner history. Plus this tour company offers wifi on the bus. Always a nice bonus when cell service is spotty.
star-3
All in all I would recomend. Our...
Paul F
, Mar 2015
All in all I would recomend. Our trip was a little disapointing in that the microphone on the bus did not work on the way down so we missed all that good information the driver was trying to tell us. Would recomend that you take your own lunch as the line for food was long. But these are minor things it is a great place to visit.
star-5
This was a fantastic opportunity to...
Mike
, Feb 2015
This was a fantastic opportunity to experience the history of a place like Port Arthur. The tour from the moment of pickup through to delivery back to the hotel was professional and courteous. The tour driver was A being both knowledgeable and friendly. Port Arthur itself is wonderful. So much to see and experience. If history is your thing then this is the one tour you must take

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