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

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Hobart, Australia

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

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.
  • Visit Port Arthur Historic Site
  • 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
Port Arthur Historic Site entrance fee
Guided walking tour of Port Arthur Historic Site
Port Arthur Harbor Cruise
Professional guides & interpretation
Small, friendly groups
Airport drop offs on request with prior arrangement
We offer a Hotel pick up from most central city Hotels and Hostels
Food and drinks (please pre-purchase, or there will be an opportunity to purchase on tour)
We do not offer pick ups from Air BnB’s and private residences

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
• Hotel pick ups are scheduled between 7.00am - 7.25am from select hotels and hostels in the central city area (tour departs Hobart at 7.30am)

• Hotel pick ups need to be arranged directly with the tour operator prior to your departure

• If pick up has not been arranged, our general pick up point is 7.25am at the Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre (20 Davey Street, Hobart)

Departure Time

7:30 AM
After an early start from the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre in Hobart, travel in a comfortable coach to the gorgeous Tasman Peninsula.

See the highest sea cliffs in Australia and sweeping views from Pirates Bay Lookout. Continue to the rock formations known as Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen, then take a short guided walk on the cliff top trail to Waterfall Bay, designated one of the 'Great Short Walks' of Tasmania.

Next up, have four hours to explore the Port Arthur Historic Site on your own. Your entrance ticket to the World Heritage Site includes a guided walking tour with one of the expert staff guides and a complimentary Harbour Cruise around the Isle of the Dead. Walk among buildings of the main prison, check out the solitary confinement cells and more in this open-air museum. You'll gain insights into the grim history of the early Australian penal system, and learn about the convicts that passed their time in this notorious prison.

Return to Hobart via the historic township of Richmond Village. Stop there to stroll around the streets of the picturesque village and walk across Australia’s oldest sandstone bridge, built by convict labor with stone quarried at Butchers Hill.

Near Hobart, stop at a local lookout for a fabulous view of the city and Mt Wellington before returning to your starting point where your tour ends.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Port Arthur Historic Site
Join us for a fun and action-packed day out on the Tasman Peninsula. Explore, discover and learn with our guides as we enjoy a variety of activities, walks, sightseeing, history, chocolate tasting and much more! Today is action packed and fast paced, so we make an early start from Hobart and drive directly to the stunning Tasman Peninsula. This area has amazing history, fascinating stories and spectacular scenery. It is also home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs. We enjoy the panoramic views of the area from Pirates Bay Lookout which provides a great vantage here of the surrounding area. Passing through Eaglehawk Neck and “The Dogline” our Tour Guides will share with you some truly amazing history and stories of the area. Then we begin one of Tasmania’s “Great Short Walks”. We follow a spectacular track, of around 2 km’s along the Waterfall Bay cliff top. The walk takes around 45-60 minutes, is undulating, but categorised as an easy walk. The track concludes at the remarkable rock formations of Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen. Continuing our journey, we arrive at the Port Arthur Historic Site. As we enter the Port Arthur Historic Site, there is a wealth of information and history to take in and you will have ample time to explore and discover the nooks and crannies with around 4 hours on site. Your entry includes a complimentary Harbour Cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a guided walking tour with one of the Site’s expert guides. Discover the grim and violent history of the early Australian Penal system and get a sense of the isolation experienced by the convicts in this “inescapable prison”. With around 4 hours here, you have ample time to walk amongst the main penitentiary; see the solitary confinement cells and many more buildings in this World Heritage open air museum. On our return to Hobart, we make a stop at Federation Chocolate Factory, a small family run boutique chocolate stop, with a variety of chocolate flavours to sample. Further along we arrive in the late afternoon into historic Richmond Village. Meander the streets, stop for a coffee, visit the Lolly Shop and walk across Australia’s oldest bridge still in use – a convict built sand-stone bridge, reported to be haunted! Finally, before we re-enter Hobart we stop for a fabulous view across Hobart from a local lookout. A picturesque way to return to the city. We drop you back to your Hobart City accommodation around 6.00pm. (Airport Drop Offs around 5.00–5.30pm – available only with arrangement at time of booking) Highlights • Visit Port Arthur Historic Site (4 hours) • 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
Duration: 10 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • A small amount of walking is involved; a suitable level of general health and fitness and physical abilities is essential
  • Tour operator provides accurate interpretation, and keeps wildlife disturbance to a minimum by viewing from appropriate distances and informing guests how to view wildlife with patience and respect. Activities are always confined to tracks and boardwalks to minimize negative impacts
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tours Tasmania

If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay.

Traveler Tips


  • "The cliffs are worth the walk and so is the chocolate stop." See review
  • "Port Arthur is a must see and this tour includes stops at Sorrel, Eaglehawk Neck and the dog line statue." See review

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Unexpected interest
David_S
, Mar 2020
This was a very good tour, extremely interesting and with lots of free time to wander around the site. We had no pre-conception that the site was so vast nor the history involved. The only downside for us was the boat trip around the bay which we thought was not very exciting and did not really add anything to the days trip.
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A lovely day trip from Hobart
Deb
, Feb 2020
Audrey was a lovely guide. Enjoyed the day at Port Arthur, having the 4 hours there was enough time for me to take it all in. The clifftop walk we did was really pretty and a great addition to the trip.
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Port Arthur
rjdoyle1
, Feb 2020
This is a wonderful tour. On the way to Port Arthur we stopped for a 2km cliff edge walk with the most spectacular scenery. Port Arthur itself was great. You're given free time to explore at your leisure and your time there includes a short boat trip. On the return to Hobart from Port Arthur, we stopped at Richmond which is a beautiful town full of history. Our final stop was a lookout close to Hobart. It was a long but wonderful day. I'd highly recommend it.
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Fabulous
Escape548619
, Dec 2019
Full day & worth it. Our guide was superb & most knowledgeable. The cliffs are worth the walk & so is the chocolate stop.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hello, Thanks for letting us know you had a fabulous day out. The Waterfall Bay Clifftop Walk is a great highlight and wonderful short hike to add into our day out to Port Arthur Historic Site. Thanks again,
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Breathtaking scenery
Jan D
, Oct 2019
This trip has so much included and all so interesting. Wonderful view from the Tasman Sea lookout. The clifftop walk has several lookouts, all spectacular ending with the Tasman Arch. We did a side trip to the Unzoo where we got up close with a Tasmanian Devil and fed kangaroos. On to Port Arthur where there is so much to see, much of it restored. On the way back we had half an hour in Richmond village and ended at a lookout over Hobart and Mt Wellington. We were looking into the sun so my only criticism for the whole day would be that this could be the first stop in the morning when the sun would be behind you. Much better for photography. Oberall, a superb tour.
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Enjoyable
sarjosh08
, Sep 2019
This was a great tour David the tour operator was fantastic very knowledgeable and makes sure that everyone is comfortable in the mini van He looks after all his clients making sure everyone is accounted for I have two teenage kids and u My daughter even commented how funny he is
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Histroic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay
Rosymark
, May 2019
David, our driver and guide is extremely knowledgeable. His passion can clearly be seem as he told us the history of the Waterfall Bay and Port Arthur during the trip. We did truly enjoyed our tour.
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Fantastic day.
Vacation50100931210
, Mar 2019
Robert was a great guide, knowledgeable and friendly. Fabulous views around Hobart, the peninsula and Richmond. Amazing history.
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Great day
Kay G
, Mar 2019
We really enjoyed the whole day. Nick was our guide and he was very knowledgeable of the area and a really friendly guy. We had a lot of interesting stops to look at things and Port Arthur was very interesting.
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Good value. Great day.
Tour07429047117
, Dec 2018
Perfect weather. Friendly informative driver. Great value for money.Port Arthur is beautiful and the lookouts stunning.
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