Top things to do in Port Arthur

Top Choice Historic Site in Port Arthur

Port Arthur Historic Site

This amazing World Heritage–listed convict site is one of Tasmania’s big-ticket attractions. The dozens of structures here are best understood via guided tour (included with admission). The feared Separate Prison wa…
Top Choice Cave in Port Arthur

Remarkable Cave

About 7km south of Port Arthur is Remarkable Cave, a long tunnel eroded from the base of a collapsed gully, under a cliff and out to sea. The waves surge through the tunnel and fill the gully with sea spray (and som…
Modern Australian in Port Arthur

1830

The food is anything but prison rations at this swish restaurant inside the main visitor centre at the Port Arthur Historic Site. Looking through slit windows to the penitentiary (which is lit at night) and serving …
Modern Australian in Port Arthur

On the Bay

Oddly clad in orange-stained timber like a giant packing crate, this upmarket waterside restaurant showcases produce – oysters, scallops, ocean trout cured in native pepperberry or Hellfire vodka – that's sourced as…
Historic Building in Port Arthur

Separate Prison

The feared Separate Prison at the Port Arthur Historic Site was built to punish prisoners through 23-hours-a-day isolation and sensory deprivation.
Historic Building in Port Arthur

Penitentiary

The old penitentiary at the Port Arthur Historic Site was originally a granary and flour mill.
Cafe in Port Arthur

Port Arthur Lavender

It’s all purple power at this lavender farm and distillery framed around a large cafe. If you can flavour it with lavender, they’ve done so – lavender ice cream, shortbread, coconut ice, nougat, daiquiri... For the …
Pub Food in Port Arthur

Fox & Hounds Inn

This restaurant at the Fox & Hounds does sizeable meals in its dated, ye-olde–themed dining room, mostly from the pub-menu roll call of timeless classics bangers 'n' mash, chicken schnitzel and seafood chowder. …
Viewpoint in Port Arthur

Scorpion Rock

A terrific vantage point within the Port Arthur Historic Site, a short stroll uphill behind the ruins. Site admission charges apply. For a cheeky view over the site without paying admission, creep into the car park …
Historic Building in Port Arthur

Church

Historic building within the Port Arthur Historic Site, built in 1836 and burned down in 1884. The decorative carvings were done by boys from the Point Puer Boys' Prison.