Port Arthur Day Tour (includes Historic Site entry)

Echoes of the Past: Embark on an unforgettable journey to the Port Arthur Historic Site, a place where history is not just seen, but felt. Our tour offers more than just a visit; it's an emotional pilgrimage to the soul of Tasmania. From the comfort of our bus departing from Hobart, you'll be transported to a world where history comes alive. Wander through the ruins and restored buildings of Port Arthur at your own pace. Enjoy sightseeing, adventure and everything else this self-guided tour offers tourists. Port Arthur: A Timeless Journey Through Tasmania's Heart

port Arthur gardensWhat You Will Experience

Historical Landmarks

  • Penitentiary: A haunting yet striking ruin that once housed hundreds of convicts.
  • Separate Prison: Experience the chilling reality of 19th-century punishment focused on psychological reform.
  • Convict Church: Although roofless, it stands as a testament to the convict laborers’ skill.
  • Commandant’s House: Discover the lifestyle of the settlement’s commanding officer.

Natural Beauty

The natural beauty of Tasmania is on full display, combining rugged coastlines with dramatic cliffs and serene beaches along the Tasman Peninsula. The site’s heritage gardens, meticulously maintained, offer a peaceful respite, reflecting the area’s rich past. Complementing these are the extensive walking trails, weaving through the landscape and providing visitors with stunning views of the surrounding natural scenery. This blend of historical significance and natural splendour creates a uniquely immersive experience, inviting exploration and reflection in equal measure.

Bird Watching

The area is a haven for bird enthusiasts, with species like the Tasmanian native hen, sea eagles, and various seabirds. The site’s diverse habitats, from coastal areas to wooded sections, offer ample birdwatching opportunities.

Family-Friendly Activities

The Port Arthur Historic Site offers a family-friendly environment where children can engage in educational experiences, learning about Australian history in an interactive and captivating setting. With spacious outdoor areas, the site provides plenty of room for young explorers to play and discover, all within a safe and natural backdrop. This combination of learning and leisure makes it an ideal destination for families looking to combine education with outdoor enjoyment.

Interactive Experiences

Learn about the site at your own pace with a comprehensive audio guide or engage with knowledgeable guides offering insights at various key locations.

Cultural Insights

  • Port Arthur Gallery: Delve into interactive exhibits that narrate the site’s complex history.
  • Historic Ruins and Buildings: Each structure tells a unique story of the past inhabitants’ lives.

Photography Opportunities

Capture the stunning beauty of the Tasman Peninsula, perfect for both amateur and professional photographers. The historic buildings provide a unique backdrop for photography enthusiasts.

General Informationruins of port Arthur church

The Port Arthur Historic Tour is a self-guided experience, allowing visitors to explore at their own pace. Operated by Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, the tour includes round-trip bus transportation from Hobart to the Port Arthur Historic Site and entry to the site.


  • Departure Point: The tour departs from Pennicott Wilderness Journeys in Hobart.
  • Return Details: The bus returns to the original departure point in Hobart.
  • Duration: Full-day tour, with over six hours allocated to explore the Port Arthur Historic Site.


07:30am – Check in at Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Centre
07.45am – Bus departs
09:30am – Arrive Port Arthur Historic Site
04:45pm – Bus departs
06:00pm – Arrive Hobart

Ticket Information:

Inclusions: Entry to the Port Arthur Historic Site, access to more than 30 historic buildings, ruins, restored houses, heritage gardens, walking trails, and a 20-minute harbour cruise.
Pricing: Adults $99, Children $78. Prices are subject to change; please check the website for the latest information.

What to Bring:

  • Comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are recommended.
  • Sunscreen and a hat for sunny days, and a raincoat or umbrella for wet weather.
  • Cameras are allowed for personal use; commercial photography requires prior approval.

Accessibility: The site is wheelchair accessible, with a courtesy shuttle service available for visitors with limited mobility. Most areas of the historic site and key attractions are accessible to visitors with mobility challenges.

Dining Options: The historic site offers various dining options, including cafes and restaurants catering to different dietary needs. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own food and beverages for a picnic experience.

Safety and Regulations: Smoking is prohibited within the historic site. Visitors are expected to respect the site’s heritage and natural environment, adhering to designated pathways and guidelines.
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Things to Know Before You Visit

Planning Your Visit: The site is open year-round, but spring and autumn offer pleasant weather and fewer crowds. Allocate a whole day for the tour to fully appreciate the site and its surroundings.

Getting There: Port Arthur is located approximately 90 minutes by road from Hobart. The tour includes a round-trip bus service from Hobart, making it a convenient option for travellers without personal transportation.

Site Etiquette: Remember that Port Arthur is a place of historical significance. Please treat the structures and artifacts with respect, and respect everything and everyone at the site. Personal photography is encouraged, but drones or commercial photography require permission.

Health and Safety: Some walking trails may have uneven surfaces, so appropriate footwear is advised. Dress in layers and be prepared for sudden changes.

Environmental Responsibility:  he area is home to diverse wildlife. Enjoy observing them but maintain a respectful distance. Help preserve the site’s beauty by using the provided trash and recycling bins.

Weather Impact

The weather in Tasmania, particularly around the Port Arthur Historic Site, plays a significant role in shaping your tour experience. Known for its variable climate, the region can present a range of conditions, from sunny and clear skies to brisk winds and unexpected rain showers. It’s essential to be prepared for these changes as they can influence not only your comfort but also your ability to explore the site thoroughly.

During the warmer months, the site basks in pleasant temperatures, ideal for leisurely strolls through the historic ruins and gardens. However, the Australian sun can be intense, so sun protection, including hats, sunscreen, and sunglasses, is crucial for a safe and enjoyable visit. On the flip side, Tasmania’s winters are known for their crisp air and occasional rain. While this can add a dramatic and moody ambiance to the site, making for some spectacular photography, it’s advisable to dress warmly and carry waterproof gear to stay comfortable.

The site’s coastal location means that it can be subject to sudden gusts of wind or fog, which, while adding to the mystique of the historic ruins, may require extra layers of clothing even on days that start out warm. The weather can also impact the 20-minute harbour cruise included in the tour. While the cruises are generally smooth, they are subject to weather conditions, and it’s best to check with the tour operators on the day for any changes due to extreme weather.


Is there a lot to see on this tour?

Yes, there’s a lot to see, from historic buildings and ruins to stunning natural landscapes and gardens.

Is there something for everyone on this tour?

Yes, the tour offers a range of experiences suitable for history buffs, nature lovers, and families alike.

What travel arrangements are included in the tour?

The tour includes round-trip bus transportation from Hobart to the Port Arthur Historic Site.

Is there access to water or refreshments during the tour?

Yes, there are dining facilities at the site, and it’s advisable to carry your own water bottle.

Why is this tour a great choice for visitors to Tasmania?

It’s a great choice because it combines historical exploration with stunning natural scenery, making it an informative Tasmanian experience.

Are there any recommended destinations near Port Arthur?

The Tasman Peninsula has several destinations worth visiting, including remarkable geological formations and beautiful beaches. Special arrangements can be made for group bookings or additional add-ons such as car hire or hotel accommodations. Please contact our concierge for more information.

From AU$99 per Guest
  • Activity Duration
  • 10 hours
  • Activity Location
  • Hobart, TAS
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