World heritage sites in Tasmania

Tasmania's UNESCO World Heritage-listed cultural and natural sites.

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Brickendon Estate
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Commissariat Store - Maria Island
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Cascades Female Factory - Located in South Hobart it is Australia's most important historic site associated with female convicts and is a part of World Heritage List by UNESCO.
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Franklin River Rafting
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Port Arthur - World Heritage listed historic convict site
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Coal Mines Historic Site is situated on the Tasman Peninsula
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Cradle Mountain
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World heritage sites in Tasmania

World heritage sites are nominated and designated by the World Heritage Convention, an organization of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), as being an area or site that deserves special protection and is of significant international importance.

Tasmania is a unique isle in that it has been pinpointed by UNESCO as important in two main areas: its uncommon wilderness and deep convict heritage.

Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Par Avion Wilderness Tours - Southwest Wilderness Camp, Tasmania, AustraliaIn the 1980’s, almost a fifth of the total area of the entire state of Tasmania (1.4 million hectares) was included into the World Heritage List, including the Western Tasmanian Wilderness. The designated regions are composed of rugged and breathtaking landscape which is filled with natural wonders such as national parks, rainforests, islands, rivers, and remote coastline. Image thanks to Matt Glastonbury.

Convict Sites

Approximately half of all the Australian convict sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list are located in Tasmania. They were officially included in 2010 and recognized as an outstanding example of global developments associated with punishment and reform.
Tasmania’s convict heritage is a key component of its history and settlement. This forced migration impacted all aspects of life and contributed to its development and growth to help it become modern-day Tasmania.

Each site played a particular role in convict heritage and has a different and compelling story to tell. The below sites are identified as the best surviving examples of convict heritage and give a fascinating look into this dark piece of history.

Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasman Peninsula (1830-77)

Initially established as a small timber station in 1830, Port Arthur began operation as a penal settlement in 1833 and rapidly gained in importance in the penal system of the colonies. It eventually expanded to 136 hectares and remained active until 1877, when the area was given over to private interests. Today it is a major tourist attraction where visitors can explore the haunting landscape and well-preserved, convict-built structures which still stand today. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett.

Coal Mines Historic Site, Tasman Peninsula (1833-48)

Coal Mines Historic Site, Tasmania, AustraliaConvicts played an instrumental role in the economic development of the colony as a cheap source of labour. This aspect of convict heritage is clearly depicted at the Coal Mines Historic Site, which at one point held up to 500 convicts and 100 guards, officers, and their families. Still relatively intact, visitors can explore the terrain which includes buildings, solitary cells, and remnants of coal mining activities. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Southern Cross Television.

Cascades Female Factory, South Hobart (1828-56)

Cascades Female Factory, Tasmania, AustraliaThe role of female convicts and their importance in the development in the colonies can be better understood by taking a trip to the Cascades Female Factory in South Hobart. Purposefully set aside from the main colony, the factory housed female convicts with the intention of reforming them and using them as a vital source of labour. The institution provides a fascinating look at the female perspective of Australia’s convict heritage through tours and vivid storytelling. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Jonathan Wherrett.

Darlington Probation Station, Maria Island (1825-32, 1842-50)

Commissariat Store, Darlington Probation Station, Tasmania, AustraliaLocated on Maria Island off the east coast of Tasmania, the Darlington Probation Station is the most intact example of a probation station for male convicts in Australia. Under the probation system, convicts received various stages of punishments and were either rewarded or demoted based on their performance and behavior. Today there are 14 convict buildings and ruins which can be viewed here. Image thanks to .

Brickendon Estate, Longford (Founded 1824)

Brickendon Estate , Tasmania, AustraliaFirst settled in 1824 by William Archer, the Brickendon Estate has been operated by seven consecutive generations of the same family for almost two centuries and is one of Tasmania’s oldest farming properties. Brickendon Estate is an example of convict heritage contributing to the pastoral industry, as there were both male and female assigned convicts who worked the land here and retained agricultural jobs. Today it offers a traditional colonial farm stay accommodation and is the neighboring estate to Woolmers Estate, which is also listed as an Australian Convict Site World Heritage Property. Image thanks to Tourism Northern Tasmania and Chris Crerar.

Woolmers Estate, Longford (1820-50's)

Woolmers Estate, Tasmania, AustraliaThe neighbouring Brickendon and Woolmers Estates were both private farms that utilized convict labour, both male and female. Convicts were assigned masters and worked the land on the large farming property until the 1850’s. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett.

What to do

World heritage sites in Tasmania

Port Arthur Day Tour

Your day includes return guided bus tour from Hobart and Bronze Entry into the Port Arthur Historic Site.

Itinerary

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

Departure Point

The tour departs from the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Booking Centre.  This is situated on Hobart’s waterfront on Franklin Wharf, next to the Constitution Dock Lifting Bridge.  Please check-in by 7.30am for an 7.45am departure.

 

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Cradle Mountain Day tour

Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park

Explore Mother Nature at its very finest at spectacular world heritage listed Cradle Mountain. Finish the day sampling local award winning produce and wines.

AU$150

1 Day Tour

AU$150

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2 Day - Cradle Mountain & Lake St Clair camp fire tour

Want to discover the best of the famous Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair? Over 2 Days we explore the park by foot with an option for many other activities such a canoeing on the lake, canyoning the spectacular rivers or scenic cruises

AU$300

AU$300

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Cradle Mountain - 4 day walking holiday

Cradle Mountain

This stunning location offers spectacular scenery, plenty of opportunities to spot local wildlife, magnificent trails and views.

AU$1480

4 Day Walking Holiday

AU$1480

4 Day Walking Holiday

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Franklin River Rafting 9-day Expedition

Launceston - Franklin River

A true wilderness experience with the pioneers of the best river journey in the world as voted by Outside Magazine

AU$2895

9 Day Expedition

AU$2895

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Franklin River Rafting & Frenchman's Cap 11-day Expedition

Launceston - Franklin River

A true wilderness experience with the pioneers of the best river journey in the world as voted by Outside Magazine plus a climb of Frenchman's Cap

AU$2995

11 Day Expedition

AU$2995

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Gordon River Cruises

Gordon River Cruises

Gordon River cruises will take you deep within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area it winds its way through the rainforest to arrive at the wide expanse of Macquarie Harbour, then through the narrow entrance of Hells Gates into the Southern Ocean.

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The Maria Island Guided Walk - Ferry Option

Maria Island

A trip to Tasmania would not be complete without visiting Maria Island. There are 2 options of accessing the island, by ferry or by our scenic charter flight. This tour option is our ferry option.

AU$1550

Maria Island Guided Walk

AU$1550

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The Maria Island Guided Walk - Flight Option

Maria Island National Park

A trip to Tasmania would not be complete without visiting Maria Island. There are 2 options of accessing the island, by ferry or by our scenic charter flight. This tour option is our flight option.

AU$1995

1 Day Walking Tour

AU$1995

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Where to Stay

World heritage sites in Tasmania

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

Cradle Mountain - North West

This family-friendly Cradle Mountain hotel is located on a lake, just steps from Enchanted Nature Walk and Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Devils at Cradle is 0.9 km away.
Along with 2 restaurants, this smoke-free hotel has a full-service spa and a bar/lounge. Free full breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a coffee shop/café, a spa tub, and a sauna are onsite.
All rooms are individually decorated and offer minibars and hair dryers. Guests can enjoy fireplaces, and other standard amenities include sitting areas, refrigerators, and premium bedding.

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  • Reasons To Stay
  • Picnic area
  • Bar/lounge
  • Babysitting or childcare
  • Full-service spa
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Free breakfast
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  • Breakfast included
  • Free self parking
  • Free WIFI
  • Laundry facilities
  • Smoke-free property

Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village

Cradle Mountain - North West

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 1.3 km from Devils at Cradle and 2.5 km from Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Enchanted Nature Walk is 2.2 km away.

Star rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Strahan Village

Strahan - West Coast

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Strahan Harbour and Beaches. West Coast Reflections and Strahan Visitor Centre are also within 10 minutes.

Star rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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