Port Arthur Historic Site
Port Arthur Historic Site information
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The visitor centre here includes an information counter, cafe, restaurant and gift shop. Downstairs is an excellent interpretation gallery, where you can follow the convicts' journey from England to Tasmania.
Worthwhile guided tours (included in admission) leave regularly from the visitor centre. You can visit all the restored buildings, including the Old Asylum (now a museum and cafe) and the Model Prison. Admission tickets, valid for two consecutive days, also entitle you to a short harbour cruise circumnavigating (but not stopping at) the Isle of the Dead . For an additional $12/8 per adult/child, you can visit the island on 40-minute guided tours – count headstones and listen to some stories. You can also tour to Point Puer boys' prison for the same additional prices.
Extremely popular is the 90-minute, lantern-lit Historic Ghost Tour , which leaves from the visitor centre nightly at dusk. Bookings are essential.