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