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Tasmania’s most famous convict settlement combines an idyllic coastal setting with a brutal history.

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Day 1: Around Port Arthur Historic Site

Get your bearings at the Port Arthur Historic Site by joining the introductory walking tour, then board a boat to the Isle of the Dead for a guided tour of the cemetery.

With site tickets spread over two days, head out for a leisurely bite at the Port Arthur Lavender cafe and a whisky and gin tasting at McHenry Distillery.

Continue exploring the historic site on a Commandant’s Tour through its most famous and infamous buildings. 

Dine at the historic site’s 1830 Restaurant and Bar and then venture into the dark on a Port Arthur ghost tour.

Stay overnight at nearby Stewarts Bay Lodge or the Port Arthur Motor Inn, which is located inside the historic site.

Day 2: Around Port Arthur

Catch the early morning light pouring through Remarkable Cave. Fancy a morning walk? The 3hr return hike to Crescent Bay sets out from Remarkable Cave and leads to a beautiful beach backed by high sand dunes in sight of Cape Pillar and Tasman Island.

Before departing, join an Escape from Port Arthur Tour to learn about those who had more difficulty escaping.

King Island coastline

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