• Chilling tales

    convict prisoners

    At Port Arthur Historic Site we take a guided tour around the numerous buildings and hear a number of chilling tales. During the convict era, they gained much information about human physiology as there was plenty of bodies not going to heaven so the doctors had an open ticket to explore and learn. The Doctor had a stone operating table underneath his house and one of the resident ghosts still lurks there today.

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Convicts, History & Port Arthur Tour

A day tour to get personal with our spectacular Tasman Peninsula and our daunting convict history at Port Arthur. The peninsula, one hour travel from Hobart, is packed full of activities, scenic delights and hidden treasures that only a few special tours get to experience. There’s endless blue oceans abundant with life; fresh coastal air; incredible rock formations; rich eucalypt forests; numerous singing birds; soft, white and warm sandy beaches; convict ruins and tales to chill your spine; friendly locals and fairy-tale like scenery that brings warmth to your heart. This is a day tour from Hobart that shows you the finest parts of the Tasman Peninsula.

PIRATES BAY

PIRATES BAY

Pirates Bay on the way to Port Arthur convict settlement has unique geology and local tales. Greg Norman, the 'Great White Shark' golfer apparently has purchased a large set of jaws from a Great White Shark caught in the bay. Local surfers and divers are always on the lookout as well as local and international fishermen who come to catch Blue fin and Yellow fin Tuna.

DOG LINE

DOG LINE

This is the Dog Line at Eagle Hawk Neck on the way to Port Arthur convict settlement. The neck is a narrow isthmus about 100m wide and 500m long that connects the Tasman Peninsula and the rest of Tasmania. Military guards would prevent convicts from escaping across the Neck by having a line of chained and aggressive dogs - alarming the guards if any convict tried to escape.

SEPERATE PRISON

SEPERATE PRISON

The Seperate Prison was not a place you wanted to end up in the late 1840's. Authorities believed that harsh physical punishment (e.g. Cat-o-nine tails) wasn't effective anymore as prisoners became immune to the physical abuse and then became heroes in the eyes of other convicts. The new reform focused on punishment of the mind.

PENITENTIARY

PENITENTIARY

A guided tour of the Port Arthur settlement creates a strong vision of what it was like for convicts transported here. Hear chilling tales about the harsh conditions.

WATERFALL BAY

WATERFALL BAY

If conditions permit, we take a short detour into this magnificent bay. In the ocean below, there are gigantic kelp forests that have seahorses swimming throughout. During wetter days, a beautiful waterfall pours over the cliff and into the ocean.

REMARKABLE CAVES

REMARKABLE CAVES

This viewing platform faces the full force of the southern ocean. Summer months are generally picturesque and inviting while winter months are attracting Force 9 winds and massive waves.

CRUISE

CRUISE

Our tour of Port Arthur includes a scenic cruise around the Isle of Dead and Point Puer where we hear tales about the young boys sentenced here - the youngest had just turned 9!

TOUR DETAILS

Time: 8-9hrs.
Depart Hobart (Hotel)
Depart: 8:30am
Return: 5:30pm
Includes: Tickets & guided tour of Port Arthur, and Harbour cruise
Price: $175pp