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Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

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Hobart, Australia
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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Safety measures
icon8 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
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Safety measures
icon8 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Visit Port Arthur Historic Site, part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Australian Convict Sites, on this day trip from Hobart. If you’re a history buff, this is the tour for you, as it’s been designed to provide as much time as possible to explore Port Arthur in one day. On a guided walking tour of the grounds, learn about the site’s history as a convict colony, visit ruins and restored buildings, and admire the coastal scenery that highlights the natural beauty of the Tasman Peninsula. A harbor cruise is included.
  • Enjoy this comprehensive full-day tour to Port Arthur
  • Take a walking tour around the landscaped grounds with more than 30 buildings and ruins
  • Learn about the history of this former convict colony and World Heritage site
  • Relax on a Carnarvon Bay cruise to admire the coast of Tasman National Park
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Port Arthur Historic Site guided tour
30-minute Harbor Cruise
Hotel pickup and drop off (selected hotels only)
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Food and drinks
Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Brooke Street Pier , Brooke Street Pier, 12 Franklin Whrf, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia

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8:45 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your day trip to Port Arthur Historic Site starts with the drive from Hobart, crossing the Tasman Bridge to leave the city and head to the Tasman Peninsula. Sights you see along the way include Pitwater Causeway, the Forestier Peninsula, Eaglehawk Neck, and Norfolk Bay. Take a drive through the historic town of Richmond (Oct-Apr) and make a short photo stop at the famous convict-built Richmond Bridge. 

Continue to drive through the Tasman Peninsula and observe the beautiful coastal scenery of natural bushland and native Australian.

When you arrive at Port Arthur you have ample time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embark on a guided walking tour of this former seaside penal colony, once home to the most serious criminals of the time, where more than 30 restored buildings and ruins are available to explore. See sites like the penitentiary, a former granary and flour mill, the separate prison, the Commandant’s House and the church, and learn about the history of the settlement, which dates back to the 1830s, and the brutal living conditions for the convicts via interpretive and interactive presentations.

Then set off on a harbor cruise on Carnarvon Bay to admire the natural beauty of this somber World Heritage–listed site. From the water, admire the scenery of Tasman National Park with its rugged coastline, see the Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen, and circle around the Isle of the Dead.

Lunch is not included but can be purchased at Port Cafe, at the entrance to the Port Arthur Visitor Center, or at Felons, a sit-down restaurant. Both offer a selection of sandwiches, hot food, and drinks. Your day trip ends with the return drive to Hobart.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Richmond Bridge
Enjoy an orientation drive through the quaint historic town of Richmond with a short photo stop at the famous convict built Richmond Bridge (Oct to Apr)
Pass By:  
Pirates Bay/Eaglehawk Neck
Be in awe of the wonderful views from Pirates Bay lookout
Stop At:  
Port Arthur Historic Site
Arriving at Port Arthur historic site we visit the interpretation centre with its interactive exhibits and displays, and follow the harrowing life of a convict. Join a guided walking tour and learn about the many restored buildings and ruins, including the Penitentiary, commandant's house and the church.
Duration: 4 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tasman National Park
Visit the Tasman Arch, one of Tasmania's most visited natural coastal attractions
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Remarkable Cave
An optional tour to the Remarkable caves is provided during our tour to Port Arthur. Enjoy the vista from Maignon Bay lookout of the rugged southern coastline before decending the steps to the spectacular Remarkable Cave.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring good walking shoes for the walking tour. If you do not wish to participate in the full walking tour, please note small golf buggies are available free of charge. Passengers can locate a buggy at the front entrance of Port Arthur Visitor Center.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Australia
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Port Arthur Tour from Hobart?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Port Arthur Tour from Hobart?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Port Arthur Tour from Hobart?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Port Arthur Tour from Hobart.

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  • "You could get a Redline bus down to Port Arthur from Hobart but with the tour you stop at a number of places on the way and back which makes the tour much more worthwhile." See review
  • "Picked up at Motel..visited some interesting places on the way there and back, highly recommend tour" See review

Reviews

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336 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Day to Port Arthur
Jill_L
, Mar 2022
Thank you to Barry our driver for a great day. We enjoyed seeing all the ruins and hearing the stories of the convicts. Stops at Richmond and the coastal scenery was breathtaking.
star-5
Amazing!
Ebony_L
, Feb 2022
Amazing experience. Mark was an excellent host and tour guide. Would highly recommend this tour. We also had a few extra stops at remarkable cave and a cute little historical town.
star-5
Great day of history
LISA_C
, Feb 2022
Bus driver Phil was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. The Port Arthur complex is huge but getting around is easy as, when you are tired of walking, you can hail one of the little buggies being driven around constantly by staff. Everyone there was very friendly.
star-5
Professional itinerary, sights and facilities and well worth the day trip
BRUCE_C
, Jan 2022
A very professional setup at Port Arthur. Thoroughly passionate guides, first class facilities and plenty of time to see all ruins and buildings.
star-5
It is an amazing site to...
Luiza_S
, Jan 2022
It is an amazing site to visit and learn about Australian history. If you like history, it is a must-go place.
star-3
Good enough
Joaquin_S
, Jan 2022
The Guide was kind and enthusiastic but timings for guides and cruise were very disorganised. Also the tour in Port Arthur could've been a bit longer.
star-5
Go Greg!!
Benjamin_A
, Jan 2022
Had a wonderful time on this Port Arthur tour. Well priced for everything included and an overall a educative and exciting day. Would recommend this trip to anyone staying in Hobart and considering visiting Port Arthur. Greg our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, funny and easy going making the experience that much better.
star-5
Magnificent Port Arthur
Joanne_C
, Jan 2022
The tour to Port Arthur was informative and interesting. Jim our driver was courteous, funny and helpful. We had a stop at historic Richmond and also the Devils Kitchen and Tasman Arch. Port Arthur was magnificent. Don’t look anywhere else. This is a great tour.
star-5
History meets nature
Dessy_O
, Dec 2021
A well organised tour, I really recommend a visit to Port Arthur site. Behind a peaceful nature, there were dark stories behind each buildings. Mark the guide has a lot of knowledge that he shared throughout the trip, whilst driving us safely and make sure for everyone to join the whole tour experience. A visit to Remarkable Cave was a beautiful bonus! However I would prefer if we can start earlier in the morning so we could have a morning tea stop on the way and tasting local produce of Port Arthur area. Since we’re spending ample time at the site and Port Arthur cafe only has limited menu.
star-5
Great family day out
Anonymous
, Dec 2021
A thoroughly good day out, hosted by Mark. We travelled as a family of 4 with two kids aged 6 and 3. It was a big day, but nothing that little legs couldn’t handle (with plenty of toilet and ice cream stops along the way). Fascinating and important history to know and understand. Mark was very knowledgeable and easy going. We had a hire car so had considered driving ourselves down to Port Arthur instead, but are glad we opted for the tour with a hotel pick up instead in the end.
star-5
Phil took us not just on...
Natalia_L
, Dec 2021
Phil took us not just on a tour but a journey through Tasmanian history. We really enjoyed our trip.
star-5
Abit of Port Arthur history
BTG707
, Dec 2021
The whole trip form start to end was magnificent. Beautiful views & sceneries along the way. Mark (GrayLine) was easy going & made the trip most enjoyable. Truly a worthwhile place to visit.
star-5
100% would do it again!!!!
Audra_H
, Nov 2021
So grateful we chose to use grey line coaches rather than self driving to Port Arthur. Our driver Phil was most informative and entertaining and we learnt so much about the history and natural surroundings. Had a great sense of humour and a lot of anecdotal stories about local life and each of the areas we travel through. Port Arthur was awesome, and some of the stops along the way a very lovely surprise. Would definitely recommend travelling with Phil & Greyline buses.
star-5
Pure Amazing
Benjamin_B
, Nov 2021
From the moment Zack picked me up in the tour Van he was friendly and had a massive smile on his face, During the drive to port Arthur he was explaining some of the history, letting us know so much information, I didn’t know there was that much history behind Hobart and Tasmania At port Arthur Zack joined me on part of my walk around and shared further information about port Arthur and some other little fun facts that I wouldn’t have ever thought of. He took us to some little beaches and the Remarkable caves, which was just breath taking and such an amazing sight to see It was such a lovely day out to end my holiday in Tassie (from Brisbane) Really really loved the tour
star-5
Great day had by all.
Darryl_C
, Nov 2021
Great day out at a sad place in history. The side trips to the sea cave and Arch were also excellent. Mark our driver was a wealth of knowledge.
star-5
Excellent PT Arthur Tour
MaryJane_W
, Sep 2021
Tim our driver from Gray Line was excellent, informative, friendly and polite. The guide at PT Arthur took too long to explain site so little time left to see buildings but still great day.
star-5
Great Value for Money
Marcus_S
, Sep 2021
An important part in Australian History, The Port Arthur tour is a must for any Hobart visit. Our driver, Mark, is helpful and very knowledgeable - a great asset. His level of insight really helps draw a picture of the life in those times. The added stops were also amazing to see. I strongly suggest booking one of these tours.
star-5
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Eliza_K
, Sep 2021
We had a wonderful time on the Port Aurthur Tour. We had the chance to see so many amazing sights and learn the history of convict living in Tasmania. Jim was a great driver, educator and jokester! I would definitely recommend this tour to others.
star-5
Port Arthur tour
LindyS
, Sep 2021
Great trip. Thoroughly enjoyed and value for money. Jim was fantastic- so knowledgeable and a really excellent tour guide / coach driver. Highly recommend.
star-5
Fantastic Port Arthur tour
Rebecca
, Sep 2021
Port Arthur Historic Site was not only interesting but the scenery was stunning. Well worth the visit. Our bus driver and tour guide Jim was fantastic - very knowledgeable. Entertaining (but cheesy!) jokes. Punctual but we never felt rushed.

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