Welcome to Tasman Peninsula & Port Arthur

Don’t miss visiting the peninsula’s vertiginous 300m-high sea cliffs – the tallest in the southern hemisphere – studded with natural add-ons such as the legendary Totem Pole sea stack. Most of the cliffs are protected by Tasman National Park, which is best explored on the fabulous, four-day Three Capes Track that has fast become Tasmania's go-to coastal hike.

Waiting portentously at the end of Arthur Hwy is Port Arthur, the infamous and allegedly escape-proof 19th-century penal colony. Today kids kick footballs and families cook sausages on the BBQs here, but it’s impossible to totally blank out the tragedy of this place, both historically and more recently.

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$19.53 Cultural & Theme Tours

Port Arthur Ghost Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Port Arthur Ghost Tours, Port Arthur, TasmaniaThis guided 90 minute Ghost Tour covers approx 2km of the Historic Site with exclusive access after dark. Follow your expert Guide through buildings and ruins and hear vivid stories of unexplained events that have baffled and alarmed convicts, free settlers, soldiers and visitors.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

$28.93 Cultural & Theme Tours

Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass

With more than 30 buildings spread over 100 acres (40 hectares), there’s lots to explore at Australia’s most intact convict site, and this 2-day pass gives you the flexibility to discover as much of the Port Arthur grounds as you can during this time! You can do and see the following activities and attractions in whatever order you'd like, but it's recommended that you start with the 40-minute introductory tour to get your bearings and learn the stories behind the Port Arthur penal colony and the convicts incarcerated there. Then board the MV Marana for a 25-minute cruise on Port Arthur’s harbour. Listen to onboard commentary while you enjoy views of the Isle of the Dead Cemetery, Point Puer Boys' Prison, the Dockyards and Tasman National Park. To help you explore the colony in a fun and informative way, you’ll be issued a 'stack of stories playing card' at the ticketing counter. The card will bring out your inner detective as you follow the life story of a character from Port Arthur discover they came to be at the penal settlement. Learn about the convict's individual journey to Port Arthur, as well as what life was like in 19th-century Britain and Australia. See the dockyards, where the convicts helped build some of the finest ships in the colony around 1830s. They were so productive at the time, that the free shipwrights in Hobart petitioned to have them closed down. Listening to a 'soundscape,' you’ll hear the voices and sounds of the working dockyard come to life, allowing you to feel like you’ve stepped back into the 19th century. To explore the site’s natural surrounds, follow the Convict Water Supply Trail to hear the story of the penal colony’s flour-production enterprises. Then, at the Museum and Convict Study Centre, trace your family history to see if any of your ancestors are on the convict database! Take a stroll through the museum in the old Asylum building to learn more about life in the penal colony, then complete your Port Arthur tour by visiting the Commandant's House and Junior Medical Officers House to see how officers lived.

$72.34 Shore Excursions

Port Arthur Small-Group Shore Excursion: Tasman Peninsula

From the Port Arthur Visitor Centre, take a short drive to Maingon Point, where you can climb up and down 200 steps to see the natural wonder of the Remarkable Cave and view its layers of dolerite and sandstone, which form most of Tasmania's geology. Then continue along the circular route toward Saltwater River and visit the ruins of the oldest coal mine in Tasmania. You could spend hours walking among the ruins of this very interesting historic site. From here, the excursion takes the route through Doo Town, with its quaint and humorous house names, where you can view the Tasman Blowhole, the Devil's Kitchen, and the Tasman Arch. On the return to Port Arthur, a stop at the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo (own expense) to safely view these animals in a natural habitat. If you are lucky, you could be there at feeding time.

$206.16 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Port Arthur 30-Minute Two Capes and Tasman Helicopter Flight

Arriving at the Port Arthur Heli Base overlooking the lavender farm and out to the ocean, you will be greeted by ground staff who will run through a short safety briefing and overview of the flight path. You will board the helicopter and be introduced to your pilot who will get you up in the air in no time. The first treat is a pass of the Port Arthur Historic site, Point Puer and the Tasman golf course with a loop from a distance to ensure everyone on board has a good view. Continue South following the sea cliffs of Cape Pillar, the nose of the helicopter pointing towards Tasman Island. Crossing over end of the cape you may catch walkers on the Three Capes Track waving as we pass above. Tasman Island comes into view as the pilot make some passes from a distance to get that perfect shot of the mighty sea cliffs and lighthouse atop. Heading West from this point continue over the top of one of the Tasman Peninsulas hidden gems, Crescent Bay. Home to beautiful sand, crystal clear water and sand dunes, be sure to ask the pilot how to get in there after your flight! Pass by Remarkable Cave as the flight turns South West towards Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff. Keep your eyes peeled for brave surfers trying to catch the famous 'double wave' that forms off the bluff. The return towards Port Arthur will take you over farmland and right near McHenrys Distillery. On good clear days you will be able to see Mt Wellington and Bruny Island off in the distance to the West.

$397.07 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Three Capes Panorama

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Port Arthur Historic Site, Port Arthur, TasmaniaThis scenic flight departs from Franklin Wharf and heads South-East to the spectacular Tasman Peninsula. From here we will take in the famous Three Capes from a perspective that not many people get to experience.A touch down at Port Arthur to view the UNESCO World Heritage listed convict site and its surrounds from the water. We’ll then make our way towards Cape Raoul and return to Hobart with fantastic views of the capital city and Kunanyi/Mt Wellington.Duration: 10 minutesPass By: Cape Raoul, Port Arthur, TasmaniaStunning coastal seascapes that include rock platforms, towering cliffs and columns, off-shore islands and swirling seas. Take your lunch, spend some time and gaze in awe at majestic views.

$130.20 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Tasman Peninsula Cruise Ship Tour from Port Arthur

Times flexible for Cruise Ship Schedules. Cruise Ship Tour from Port Arthur Historic Site around the Tasman Peninsula.Pick up from the main entrance of the Port Arthur Historic Site Information Centre at 9:00am and return at 14:00pm.Itinerary:Either Bangor Oyster Shed - Oyster Tasting (cost included) or Tasmanian Devil Unzoo (entry fee included)Pirates Bay Lookout  - Best lookout in TasmaniaTessellated Pavement - A tessellated pavement at Eaglehawk Neck, where a rock surface has been divided by fractures, producing a set of rectangular blocksDoo Town - A town where houses have namesTasmans Arch  - Scenic photo opportunityDevils Kitchen - Awesome photos Federation Chocolate - free chocolate tastingPort Arthur Lavender Farm - Lunch (Cost of Lunch Not Included)Port Arthur Historic Site Information Centre