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Port Arthur

4.7
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Surrounded by shark-infested waters and connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus of land, Port Arthur ranks among Australia's top historical sites and heritage areas. The small town and former penal colony draws over quarter million visitors each year. The World Heritage-listed open-air museum with more than 30 buildings remains a major Port Arthur tourist attraction. The haunting stories of the former convicts and guards of the once "inescapable prison" are the inspiration behind popular ghost tours. Though most Post Arthur holidays are about the remains of the infamous convict settlement, many travelers are also attracted by the melancholic atmosphere of the bush-covered Isle of the Dead, the colony's cemetery. Customize your holiday with our Australia holiday planning app to create an adventure that suits you.
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Popular things to do in Port Arthur

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Hiking Trail
Three Capes Track
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
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World heritage site
Port Arthur Historic Site
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Landmark
Remarkable Cave
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Walking Area
Cape Raoul
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Port Arthur

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Island
Maria Island National Park Tasmania
4.9
Duration: 8 hours
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Wild Ocean Tasmania Eaglehawk Neck
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Outdoor Activity
Tasman Arch Eaglehawk Neck
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Wildlife Area
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo Taranna
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Port Arthur

Geologic Formation
Shipstern Bluff
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Landmark
Mount Brown and Crescent Bay Walking Track
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Historic Site
Australian Convict Sites
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Historic Site
The Church
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Port Arthur

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Historic Site
The Commandants House
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
The Separate Prison
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Government Cottage
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Church
St David’s Anglican Church
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Port Arthur

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Garden
Memorial Garden
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
Government Gardens
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Garden
Soldiers Memorial Avenue
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Port Arthur

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Water Body
Stewarts Bay
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

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