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Port Arthur Tours

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Port Arthur
A moving reminder of Australia’s harrowing history, the former convict settlement of Port Arthur was a key part of often brutal convict discipline within the colonial system. Today, the Port Arthur historic site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Tasmania’s most visited tourist attraction, with museums and memorials devoted to telling the area’s history.

The Basics
Journey back in time on a tour of Port Arthur and explore the vast ruins of the penal settlement, including the Penitentiary, Separate Prison, Dockyard, Port Arthur gardens, Coal Mines Historic Site, Cascades Female Factory, and Gothic church. Prebook a 2-day pass or take a private or small-group tour that leaves from Hobart, often combined with other regional highlights, such as a scenic cruise around Tasman Peninsula, a cliff-top walk to Waterfall Bay, or a Hobart city tour. Two-day entrance tickets to Port Arthur include a guided walking tour, a harbour cruise, and access to all sites, except the Isle of the Dead and Point Puer, for which guided tours are extra.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Port Arthur historic site is spread across 100 acres (40 hectares), so plan at least a half-day visit. 
  • Facilities at Port Arthur include a visitor center, restrooms, gift shop, and cafe/restaurant.
  • Cell phone coverage is limited at Port Arthur, but free Wi-Fi is available on-site.
  • Bring sunscreen, comfortable shoes, a raincoat, and plenty of water if you plan on taking a walking tour—weather can change quickly at the open-air site.
  • Most of the Port Arthur historic site is wheelchair accessible, and a shuttle buggy service is available for those with limited mobility.  

How to Get There
Port Arthur is located on the Tasman Peninsula, 37 miles (60 kilometers) south of Hobart. Public buses run from the city, and it’s a 1.5-hour drive along the scenic Arthur Highway, crossing Eaglehawk Neck, the narrow isthmus that joins the peninsula to the mainland. The closest airport is in Hobart.

When to Get There
Port Arthur is open year-round, although hours are extended in summer. The summer season (December to February) is busy so it’s best to arrive early to avoid crowds. Visiting out of season is generally quieter, but be prepared for changeable weather and less frequent tours.  

Port Arthur Tours
The stories of Port Arthur are told in different ways. Interactive displays tell the tragic story of the 12,500 convicts who served time from 1830 to 1877, while after-dark ghost tours explore the site’s haunted buildings. Optional guided tours visit the Isle of the Dead, the final resting place for many of the convicts, and the Point Puer boys’ prison, an experimental prison that housed around 3,000 young boys between 1834 and 1849.
Address: Port Arthur Historic Site, Arthur Highway, Hobart 7182, Australia
Hours: Open 9am to dusk
Admission: Adults: AU$39
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Day Trip to Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site from Hobart

Day Trip to Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site from Hobart

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Experience the Tasman Peninsula by both land and sea on this day trip from Hobart that includes a 3-hour cruise along the coast of Tasman National Park. Gaze up at towering sea cliffs, look for wildlife like falcons and seals, and learn about the peninsula’s ecosystem. Then visit the World Heritage–listed Port Arthur Historic Site for an in-depth look at Australia’s penal history at this former convict colony. Lunch is included.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$195.69
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Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay

Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay

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See the top attractions of the Tasman Peninsula on a full-day tour from Hobart. Take in towering sea cliffs, rock formations including Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen, and more as you explore the natural wonders along the coast. Next, discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site, an infamous 19th-century penal colony with a fascinating history. Finally, stroll through the pretty streets of Richmond Village before returning to Hobart.
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  • 11 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$93.50
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$93.50
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Port Arthur Express Shuttle

Port Arthur Express Shuttle

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Visit historic Port Arthur the easy way with direct shuttle service from Hobart to the former penal colony. Avoid the hassle of a rental car or parking, and travel to the UNESCO-listed site by comfortable coach. Once there, you’ll have 4 hours to explore the storied prison camp and surrounds independently, or join a guided tour if you wish.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.06
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$27.06

Guided Hobart Shore Excursion: Port Arthur Historic Site & Tessellated Pavement

Guided Hobart Shore Excursion: Port Arthur Historic Site & Tessellated Pavement

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Travel in luxurious high class quality coaches to one of Tasmania's most iconic destinations at Port Arthur on a local shore excursion. As a World Heritage listed site & important convict & colonial piece of Tasmanian history, it is a must see. • Experience Tasmania's convict history by walking where they did, learn their stories & experience the harsh realities of convict life. • Discover the stories of Port Arthur while listing to one of the sites fantastic guides on you included walking tour. Listen to the history & get the answers to questions that you may have. • Admire Dead Man's Island on the included harbour cruise & learn about the grave sites, young boys prison, watermark line, & the shipbuilding industry that existed in this area. • Pre-organised Port Arthur entrance tickets & local high quality professionally trained guides that cant wait to meet you. • We guarantee your return back to the cruise ship before it departs port.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.75
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$71.75

Complete Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart

Complete Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart

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Get a comprehensive tour of the natural attractions and Tasmanian history on this day trip to Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula. Highlights include the Richmond Colonial Village, Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen, Remarkable Cave and Maingon Bay lookout. Take a walking tour with insightful commentary from your guide and a harbor cruise in Port Arthur.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.92
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Port Arthur and Tassie Devils Active Day Tour from Hobart

Port Arthur and Tassie Devils Active Day Tour from Hobart

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Our tours offer guests an active day walking in nature while enjoying the beautiful surrounds . Tour itineraries are fast paced and active designed to fit in as much as possible into the day, including hiking, sightseeing, and many stops along the way. We do offer shorter walking options for our guests wanting an easier day out. Highlights • Visit Port Arthur Historic Site (2.5 hours) • Explore the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo • Experience the ferocious action of a Tasmanian Devil feeding! • Photograph spectacular views from the Waterfall Bay Cliff Top Walk (easy grade 2km) • See the Tasman National Park highlights – Devils Kitchen & Tasman Arch • Enjoy the stories from Pirates Bay Lookout, Eaglehawk Neck & The “Dogline” • Sample the local chocolates made at Federation Chocolate Factory • Visit historic Richmond Village • Enjoy the spectacular view at a local Hobart City lookout
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.75
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$100.75
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Port Arthur and Lavender Farm Active Day Tour

Port Arthur and Lavender Farm Active Day Tour

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Join us on a fun and action packed day out visiting the World-Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site.  We stop along the way at the delightful Port Arthur Lavender Farm where you can view the Lavender Fields, distillery or head straight to the gift shop and café for an array of Lavender inspired foods and gifts.  Our action-packed day out includes a stunning cliff top walk taking in the highest cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere, Richmond Historic Village and a short stop for a chocolate tasting at a local Chocolate Factory. • Visit Port Arthur Historic Site (3 hours) • Explore Port Arthur Lavender Farm • Photograph spectacular views from the Waterfall Bay Cliff Top Walk • See the Tasman National Park highlights – Devils Kitchen & Tasman Arch • Enjoy stories from Pirates Bay Lookout, Eaglehawk Neck & The “Dogline” • Sample the local chocolates at Federation Chocolate Factory • Visit historic Richmond Village • Enjoy the spectacular view at a local Hobart City lookout
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$93.50
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$93.50
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Cruise Ship Special from Hobart: Port Arthur Shuttle with free WiFi

Cruise Ship Special from Hobart: Port Arthur Shuttle with free WiFi

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When you arrive in Hobart on your cruise ship, take this convenient shuttle to the Port Arthur Historic Site. Spend approximately 4-hours at Port Arthur, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you learn about the convict history of Tasmania. Depending on the option selected, your excursion may or may not include the admission fee to Port Arthur. If not, you will be required to pay the operator on arrival at the vehicle, either in cash or by card. There will be opportunities (Cruise Ship departure times and weather permitting) to experience a short scenic helicopter flight over Port Arthur Penitentiary and surrounding countryside, or a visit to the nearby Unzoo (Tasmanian Devil Park), at own expense.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$103.00
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$103.00
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Small-Group Day Trip from Hobart to Port Arthur

Small-Group Day Trip from Hobart to Port Arthur

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Learn about Tasmania's convict history and natural beauty on a full-day tour to the Port Arthur Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll also visit the historic village of Richmond, and see landmarks of the Tasman Peninsula such as Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen and the Blowhole. Includes entrance fees, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$103.00
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$103.00
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Small-Group Tour from Hobart: Tasmania Convict Trail and Port Arthur Day Trip

Small-Group Tour from Hobart: Tasmania Convict Trail and Port Arthur Day Trip

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Discover Australia’s dark past and learn the truths of its fascinating convict history on this full-day tour to Port Arthur from Hobart. Get a glimpse into 19th-century Tasmania at Port Arthur, with a guided walking tour and a harbor cruise around the UNESCO-listed penal settlement. Next, follow the notorious Tasmania Convict Trail, stopping at historic towns like Doo Town and Richmond, home to Australia’s first convict-built bridge. This small-group tour is limited to 14 people for a personalized experience.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$148.78
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$148.78
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Hobart to Port Arthur Day Tour: Included Harbour Cruise & Guided Site Walk

Hobart to Port Arthur Day Tour: Included Harbour Cruise & Guided Site Walk

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Discover one of Tasmania's most iconic attractions at Port Arthur Convict Site on a local day tour. As a World Heritage listed site & important convict & colonial piece of Tasmanian history, it is a must see. • Experience Tasmania's convict history by walking where they did, learn their stories & experience the harsh realities of convict life. • Discover the stories of Port Arthur while listing to one of the sites fantastic guides on you included walking tour. Listen to the history & get the answers to questions that you may have. • Admire Dead Man's Island on the included harbour cruise & learn about the grave sites, young boys prison, watermark line, & the shipbuilding industry that existed in this area. • Pre-organised Port Arthur entrance tickets & local high quality professionally trained guides that cant wait to meet you. • Trust the local professional shore excursion company, where we guarantee your return back to the cruise ship before it departs port.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.75
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Day Tour - Discover World Heritage Port Arthur Historic Site & More: Hobart

Day Tour - Discover World Heritage Port Arthur Historic Site & More: Hobart

Discover one of Tasmania's most iconic attractions at Port Arthur Convict Site on a local day tour from Hobart. As a World Heritage listed site & important convict & colonial piece of Tasmanian history, it is a must see. • Experience Tasmania's convict history by walking where they did, learn their stories & experience the harsh realities of convict life. • Discover the stories of Port Arthur while listing to one of the sites fantastic guides on you included walking tour. Listen to the history & get the answers to questions that you may have. • Admire Dead Man's Island on the included harbour cruise & learn about the grave sites, young boys prison, watermark line, & the shipbuilding industry that existed in this area. • Pre-organised Port Arthur entrance tickets & local high quality professionally trained guides that cant wait to meet you. • Trust the local professional shore excursion company, where we guarantee your return back to the cruise ship before it departs port.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.75
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$71.75

6-Day Tasmanian Explorer Adventure Tour from Hobart

6-Day Tasmanian Explorer Adventure Tour from Hobart

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Home to rugged wilderness, serene lakes, and protected parklands, Tasmania is a backpacker’s dream destination—but exploring the remote island by public transport is a challenge. On this adventurous road trip, reach natural attractions and hidden treasures like Lake St. Clair and the Tarkine Rainforest with ease. With accommodation, breakfasts and park fees included, see the best of Tasmania in six action-packed days.
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  • 6 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$682.83
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$682.83
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2 Day Bruny Island & Port Arthur Tour From Hobart

2 Day Bruny Island & Port Arthur Tour From Hobart

Join us for two of Tasmania's best tourist attractions - The natural beauty of Bruny Island and the Historic Port Arthur penal colony. Day 1: Bruny island - Arguably Tasmania's best day trip! This magical Island has a little piece of everything Tasmania has: World class beaches, rugged coastline and native wildlife matched with the finest local produce from the ocean and the land - a tour you do not want to miss! You will see firsthand why Bruny Island is fast becoming one of Tasmania’s most popular tourist destinations.The bus departs Hobart at 7:30 AM and returns at 5:30 PM. Day 2: The Port Arthur tour is a direct, 7 hour return shuttle service from Hobart to the Historic Site. You will have 4 hours to explore the site and soak up the rich colonial history at one of Australia's most important heritage destinations. The shuttle departs Hobart at 10:30 AM and returns at 5:30 PM.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$126.84
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$126.84

3 day Tasmanian highlights tour – Hobart, Port Arthur and Bruny Island

3 day Tasmanian highlights tour – Hobart, Port Arthur and Bruny Island

One can’t say that they’ve truly explored Tasmania without visiting the big three: Hobart, Port Arthur and Bruny Island. This three-day tour will make sure you get the full Tassie experience by guiding you on an epic journey around Tasmania's south. Day 1: Covers all of Hobart’s key attractions: Mt Wellington, Bonorong, MONA, Richmond, city highlights tour and Salamanca market (Sat only). Day 2: Bruny island - Arguably Tasmania's best day trip! This magical Island has a little piece of everything Tasmania has: World class beaches, rugged coastline and native wildlife matched with the finest local produce from the ocean and the land - a tour you do not want to miss! You will see firsthand why Bruny Island is fast becoming one of Tasmania’s most popular tourist destinations. Day 3: The Port Arthur tour is a direct bus to the historic site where you will have 4 hours to explore at your own pace. This 7 hour round trip departs Hobart at 10:30 AM getting back at around 5:30 PM.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$181.20
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$181.20

Port Arthur Private Charter Service

Port Arthur Private Charter Service

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Port Arthur is a village and historic site, sitting on the Tasman Peninsula, it was a 19th-century penal settlement and is now an open-air museum. It is well-preserved and enlisted in the world historical heritage list by Australian government. On the way back, we will visit four best-known natural wonder in Tasmanian: the Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen, Blow Hole and Tessellated Pavement.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$761.03
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$761.03
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Tasmania 6 Day 'Tour in Circle'

Tasmania 6 Day 'Tour in Circle'

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Sample the best of Tasmania in one week’s time on a small-group 6-day tour that covers many of Tasmania’s premier attractions. Travel round-trip from Hobart to destinations including Port Arthur, Bicheno, Launceston, Cradle Mountain, and Queenstown. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, places of historical interest, and a variety of spectacular wilderness areas, with opportunities to taste specialty foods along the way.
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  • 6 days
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$1,630.78
Price varies by group size
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$1,630.78
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7-Day Super Value Tour of Tasmania: Explore Tasmania's West and East Coasts

7-Day Super Value Tour of Tasmania: Explore Tasmania's West and East Coasts

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If you love the outdoors, you will love our super tour of 7 days packed full of waterfalls, mountains, great walks, dramatic coastlines, lakes and primeval rainforest, You will see everything from the unique rugged mountains and lakes of the west coast and the picturesque beaches of the east coast, plus to top it all off we will show you around local favourite Bruny Island and visit the World Heritage Listed - Port Arthur Historic Site.
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  • 7 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$759.12
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$759.12
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Tasmania 4 Day East Coast + Launceston

Tasmania 4 Day East Coast + Launceston

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Our 4 Day Eastern Tasmania Coastline + Launceston Tour provides an intimate little getaway for those that have limited travel time available. This tour is a great option to explore the more populated east coast of Tassie along with the 2 biggest cities of Hobart & Launceston. Covering approximately 850km we explore many of Tasmania’s memorable attractions, moving fast enough to provide a fantastic overview of the islands eastern side, yet slow enough to enjoy the sights! Concluding at Thursday lunchtime this tour offers fantastic coastal scenery, historical learnings, fresh air and dozens of incredible photo opportunities. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels this is truely an memorable, small group travel experience.
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  • 4 days
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$1,050.95
Price varies by group size
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$1,050.95
Price varies by group size

Three Capes Panorama

Three Capes Panorama

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This scenic flight departs from Hobart's iconic waterfront and heads South-East to the spectacular Tasman Peninsula. From here we will take in the famous Three Capes from a perspective that not many people get to experience. A touch down at Port Arthur to view the UNESCO World Heritage listed convict site and its surrounds from the water. We’ll then make our way towards Cape Raoul and return to Hobart with fantastic views of the capital city and Kunanyi/Mt Wellington.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$431.25
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$431.25

Full Day Tour Hobart: Port Arthur McHenry Gins Bangor Vineyard Wines + Oysters

Full Day Tour Hobart: Port Arthur McHenry Gins Bangor Vineyard Wines + Oysters

Whether you’re into wine, gin, food or dramatic natural scenery, there’s something for everyone on this tour of highlights. Explore Hobart in the hands of a family-owned and operated company and enjoy a personal experience. Visit Port Arthur, learn about the making of Tasmanian gin and enjoy wine and oyster tasting. Depending on when you visit, you’ll either get to see the unique Tessellated Pavement or the blowholes at Eaglehawk Neck Historic site.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$133.75
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$133.75

Port Arthur, Richmond and Tasman Peninsula Day Trip from Hobart

Port Arthur, Richmond and Tasman Peninsula Day Trip from Hobart

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Take in the highlights of the Tasman Peninsula on this full-day small-group tour from Hobart, including hotel pick-up. Learn about the island’s convict past with a walking tour and boat cruise around Port Arthur, then admire the colonial architecture of historic Richmond. After spotting natural landmarks like the Devil's Kitchen, Tasman Arch and Waterfall Bay in the Tasman National Park, finish with an indulgent chocolate tasting at the Federation Chocolate Factory.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.23
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Hobart Minibus Full-Day Private Tour

Hobart Minibus Full-Day Private Tour

Touring with passionate fully trained and knowledgeable local Driver/guides who want to share their stories and provide an unforgettable experience. Your driver guide will be able to take you to places that interest you and can give information and make suggestions so that you get a unique and personal experience. There are so many itinerary options depending on your interests, from our fascinating wildlife, our pristine nature and our history. You can experience it all on these customised private tours while travelling in safety and comfort with every detail taken care of so you sit back relax and enjoy.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$579.83
per group
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$579.83
per group
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4-Day Fabulous Tasmania Tour: Wineglass Bay, Port Arthur, Devils & Bruny Island

4-Day Fabulous Tasmania Tour: Wineglass Bay, Port Arthur, Devils & Bruny Island

This 4-day tour of Tassie's East Coast, Tasman Peninsula and Bruny Island sees you exploring Tassie's awesome beaches, discovering amazing history and enjoying local wildlife. Join our eco-certified tour to experience Tassie's picturesque beaches, stunning scenery and magical locations such as the Bay of Fires, Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. We will also visit a wildlife sanctuary to see Tasmanian devils in action and stay overnight in one of Tassie's best seaside towns, Bicheno. We visit Bruny Island (Tassie's own island paradise), where we'll taste some local gourmet delicacies and experience a diversity of scenic and natural highlights including South Bruny National Park, Adventure Bay and The Neck. On our final day we'll discover the dramatic coastal scenery of the Tasman Peninsula and explore the world's best-preserved convict ruins at the Port Arthur Historic Site.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$431.25
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$431.25
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Port Arthur hours of operation?
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Port Arthur hours of operation: Open 9am to dusk. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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