Welcome to Port Arthur
Despite its redemption as a major tourist site (the ruins here are undeniably amazing), Port Arthur remains a sombre place. Don’t expect to remain unaffected by what you see: there’s a sadness here that’s palpable, and a Gothic pall of woe that can cloud your senses on even the sunniest of days. Compounding this, in April 1996 a young gunman fired bullets indiscriminately at the community, murdering 35 people and injuring 37 more. After burning down a guesthouse, he was finally captured and remains imprisoned north of Hobart.
After a major upgrade and redevelopment, the main visitor centre and restaurant at the site reopened in late 2017.