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Port Arthur

Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass

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US$ 27.78
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    What to Expect
    Spread across 100 acres (40 hectares) on the Tasman Peninsula, jutting out from Tasmania’s southeast coast, the Port Arthur Historic Site is home to more than 30 historical structures and ruins that once made up a convict settlement. Your 2-day pass to this now World Heritage–listed site gives you access to explore as much as you want during your time here.

    You may visit and participate in the included attractions and activities in whichever order you prefer, but it’s suggested that you begin with the 40-minute introduction tour to orient yourself with the site and hear about the background of the penal colony and its prisoners. Then catch the MV Marana for a 20-minute harbor cruise, listening to onboard narration as you view the Dockyards, Point Puer Boys Prison, the Isle of the Dead Cemetery and Tasman National Park from the water.

    In order to provide an educational yet entertaining way to explore the site, you’ll be given a ‘convict playing card’ with your pass. Use it to follow the life story of one of Port Arthur’s past prisoners, learning what he did to become incarcerated, his specific journey to the penal colony and what life was like for him and others in 1800s Australia and Britain.

    Visit the Dockyards, where prisoners built high-quality ships in the 1830s, and listen to a ‘soundscape’ to hear sounds and voices from the active yard, making you feel like you’ve gone back to the 19th century. Then journey along the Convict Water Supply Trail, learning about the colony’s flour-production operation, and visit the Museum and Convict Study Centre to find out if any of your ancestors are in the prisoner database. In the old Asylum building, learn more details about life as a convict, and then check out the Commandants House and Junior Medical Officers House to see how the other side lived.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Port Arthur Historic Site, Arthur Hwy, Port Arthur TAS 7182, Australia
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    2 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional guide
    • Harbour cruise
    • Access to historic buildings and ruins for two consecutive days
    • Access to the Convict Water Supply Trail and the Dockyard
    • Visitor's information guide with a map of the site
    • Entry/Admission - Port Arthur Historic Site
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Overnight accommodation
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    The Historical Site was amazing. The guides were respectful and well informed. We couldn’t fault anything about the day. .
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    Very good excellent staff good amenities cruise staff brilliant well worth a visit. Plenty of information available
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    Response from PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass
    Responded 25 Jun 2019
    Thank you for your review, Robert. We are so pleased you enjoyed your day. Kind regards the Port Arthur Historic Site team
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    My husband and I visited this historic site today, we had read a few of the comments before going so we're pleasantly surprised, the initial introductory tour was well presented and highly informative. We were then left to investigate before going on the cruise, every building
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    Response from PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass
    Responded 30 Apr 2019
    Dear Siamraine Thank you for your review and we are so pleased you had such a great experience. We appreciate your kind words about Graham and these have been passed onto him. Regards the Port Arthur Historic Site team
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    Was reluctant to pay $80 for both of us to get in but once I realised it included river cruise and 40 min guide, it was worth it. Staff were friendly and extremely knowledgeable. The staff driving the golf buggies were very friendly. So much to see. If you can’t get parking in
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    We only had time for one day, but I would recommend taking two days to explore this interesting historical place. There was so much to absorb in a short time. The leisurely 40 minute cruise round the islets to see the boys' prison and the cemetery had a clear and interesting
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    Response from PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass
    Responded 20 Mar 2019
    Dear Jane B Thank you for visiting Port Arthur and taking the time to write a review. The introductory tour is meant to introduce the site to visitors, highlighting some of the buildings and providing a brief insight into the lives of those who lived their during the penal settlement and beyond. Were you able to take part in one of our Ghost Tours? Kindest Regards The Port Arthur Team
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