Welcome to Port Arthur
Port Arthur in Tasmania holds so much historic significance for the Australian people. It’s one of the nation’s most visited heritage sites because it was a key site in the early colonial system of convict discipline. Set against beautiful, lush landscaping; expect to get a great history lesson while you're here!
Things to do
At the ruins of The Penitentiary, you will learn all about how prisoners lived back in the 1800's. Also be sure to tour the Separate Prison, where people lived in solitary confinement.
But Port Arthur's history isn't all about jail cells. You can also get a taste of it at the Coal Mines Historic Site. This was the area’s first operational mine, and it was where the worst class of prisoners worked. History really comes to life here when prisoners' stories get re-told!
When the sun goes down, take a ghost tour through the area. You will pass by both darkened ruins and heritage buildings. As you hear tales of old, you can decide for yourself if these ghost stories are truth or just a myth!
Many of the convicts who were sent to Port Arthur in Tasmania were in charge of helping to develop the area. To see what they did, follow the Convict Water Supply Trail beyond the green landscaping of Port Arthur and into the surrounding bushland. On this 600-metre walking tour, you will learn about the history of an ambitious engineering project that these convicts undertook to make the area a self-sufficient flour-production hub.
Hotels and Accommodation
You will find lots of accommodations in Port Arthur, Tasmania whether you’re looking for smaller motels or more luxury in a hotel, or a bed and breakfast. Look along Safety Cove Road and Arthur Highway for the biggest variety. Pirates Bay Drive and White Beach Road are home to a number of hotels as well
Getting around by car
Port Arthur to Hobart: 1 h 21 min (95 km) via A9
Port Arthur to Launceston: 3 h 2 min (252 km) via A9 and National Highway 1
Accommodation, driving and car rental
At Cheaperthanhotels and Cheaperthancars we have a wide range of car rental discounts at convenient locations and accommodation to meet all budgets and taste. We really do believe that the less you spend, the more you will have to do when you get there.
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425 Safety Cove Road
Garden Point Rd, Port Arthur
6 Andersons Road
6955 Arthur Hwy
52 Safety Cove Road
6789 Arthur Highway
180 Safety Cove Road
29 Safety Cove Road