1 Day Port Arthur and Tasman Peninsula Tour

    Explore the natural attractions and Tasmanian history on this day trip to Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula.

    Embark on a remarkable journey through time with our captivating 1 Day Port Arthur and Tasman Peninsula Tour. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the former convict colony as you explore the haunting beauty of Port Arthur and the picturesque Tasman Peninsula.

    Nestled in the heart of Tasmania, the Port Arthur penal settlement holds a somber beauty, concealing a dark history that once played out within its walls. Our guided day tour from Hobart will transport you to this historic site, where you’ll unravel the mysteries of the past and witness the remnants of an era long gone.

    Situated southeast of Hobart, the Tasman Peninsula unveils breathtaking coastal vistas that provide a stunning backdrop to your journey. But it’s the World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site that steals the spotlight. Once dubbed the “inescapable prison,” this site stands as a poignant testament to Australia’s convict history.

    With its collection of over 30 historic buildings and ruins spread across 100 acres of grounds, the Port Arthur Historic Site is a living museum that paints a vivid picture of Australia’s early convict life. As you explore its cobblestone paths, imposing structures, and remnants of the past, you’ll gain an intimate understanding of the struggles and stories that unfolded here.

    Our 1 Day Port Arthur and Tasman Peninsula Tour is a gateway to a transformative experience. It’s a journey that takes you from the beauty of the landscape to the depths of history, all in the span of a single day. As you stand in the shadows of the past, you’ll emerge with a profound appreciation for the resilience and spirit that shaped the course of Australia’s narrative.

    Unveil the layers of Port Arthur’s history, breathe in the coastal allure of the Tasman Peninsula, and enrich your understanding of a bygone era. Join us on this enlightening expedition as we bring the past to life and ensure that the stories of those who walked these grounds are never forgotten.

    Book your 1 Day Port Arthur and Tasman Peninsula Tour now and let history’s whispers guide you through a day of discovery and reflection.

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    Port Arthur, Richmond & Tasman Peninsula active day tour

    Child( 8 - 15 ) From $150
    Adult( 16 - 99 ) From $160
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      Port Arthur, Richmond & Tasman Peninsula Active Day Tour

      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 an 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 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 categorized 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, ‘The Port Arthur Experience’ a podcast that provides a fascinating introduction to the site, and complimentary site talks throughout the day led by Port Arthur’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 among 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 travel via the historic township of Richmond. Arriving late the in the afternoon, you will have time to meander the streets, stop for a coffee, visit the Lolly Shop, Chocolatier and walk across Australia’s oldest bridge still in use – a convict built sand-stone bridge, reported to be haunted! We return back into Hobart around 6pm.

      What To Bring
      Important Booking Info
      • Visit Port Arthur Historic Site (4 hours)
      • Complimentary Harbour Cruise at 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”
      • Visit historic Richmond Village

      Essential things to pack

      • Sensible shoes for day touring
      • A variety of warm clothing
      • Weatherproof jacket if possible
      • Hat, sunscreen
      • Water Bottle, Snacks, Lunch (or buy it on the day)
      • Camera
      • Sense of adventure

      Important Booking Info

      • Suitable for children over 8 years old.
      • Our tours are designed as full active days of fast-paced travel, we are also at times exposed to the outdoor conditions of the day.
      • On all tours, we offer a central city hotel or backpacker hostel pick up.
      • We do not offer a pick up from residential addresses or from Air BnB accommodation.
      • We operate small group Active Day Tours using Toyota Commuter and Toyota Coaster vehicles.  These seat maximum passengers of 13 or 20 respectively.
      • We consider our tours to be active, visiting National Parks and wild areas focusing on the great short walks of Tasmania. Although most of the walks are classified as ‘easy’, a suitable level of general health and fitness and physical abilities is essential.
      • We educate all our guests on ‘Minimal Impact Bushwalking’ and the ‘Leave No Trace’ policy’s before entering our National Parks. We provide accurate interpretation and keep wildlife disturbance to a minimum by viewing from appropriate distances and informing our guests about how to treat wildlife with patience and respect.


      What time does the tour start?

      All our tours are scheduled to depart the city at 7.30am. Our first pick up is normally at 7.00am. Your pick up time will be confirmed at the time of booking depending on your hotel or hostel location.

      Are any meals included?

      We do not supply lunch, snacks or beverages on our tours but we do stop along the way for you to purchase food to suit your budget and taste.

      No meals are not included on this day tour. Food and drinks – There are many options for your lunch at the Port Arthur Historic Site. There are cafes and takeaway food options to suit your style and budget.  You are welcome to bring your own food/snacks along with you for the day

      How much luggage can I bring?

      As we operate small group Active Day Tours, our tour vehicles are not equipped to handle excess luggage.  On our Active Day Tours we expect that each traveller will have a day pack only to store your daily essentials such as drinks, jackets and sunscreen while on tour for the day.  No other luggage is able to be carried on our day tours.  If you are moving hotels or have onwards travels you will need to ensure this is stored for the day at your hotel/accommodation prior to boarding the tour bus.  If you attend a tour with luggage without consultation with our Reservations Team prior to travel, you may be refused entry to the tour vehicle.


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