Port Arthur Historic Site - Tasman Peninsula
The Port Arthur Historic Site is Australia's most intact and evocative convict site and one of Australia's great tourist attractions.
Located on the Tasman Peninsula, the site has more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes dating from the prison's establishment in 1830 until its closure in 1877. During this time around 12,500 convicts served sentences and for many it was a living hell.
Today, the site sits in 40 hectares of landscaped grounds and you'll need plenty of time to fully experience all that it has to offer.
Entry is valid for two consecutive days and includes a guided walking tour, harbour cruise, entry to the museum, the Convict Study Centre and Interpretation Gallery, and the site of the dockyard.
For a small additional fee you can also cruise to the Isle of the Dead and join a guided tour of Port Arthur's island burial ground. The tour offers an insight into the lives of those who were part of the penal settlement including convicts, soldiers, civilians and their families.
Or instead, you can take a trip to Point Puer Boys Prison. This was the first reformatory in the British Empire built exclusively for juvenile male convicts. Point Puer was renowned for its regime of stern discipline and harsh punishment.
The Port Arthur Historic Site is open every day of the year.
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