Port Arthur Historical Tour

Discover Tasmania’s ruthless convict past at Port Arthur, visit Pirates Bay lookout, Devils Kitchen, Tasman Arch & the famous blow hole!

Tasmania, Australia
Duration
Full Day
Start time
7:30 am
Group size
24
Pick up & Drop off
Included
Minimum age
8 yrs
Fitness level
Low
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Highlights

  • Port Arthur Historic Site entry
  • Guided walk and harbour cruise
  • Local produce tasting (varies with seasons)
  • Hostel and motel pickups and drop offs 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Experience an amazing day visiting Richmond, Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasman National Park and many more Tasmanian gems. 

 

Itinerary 

Our day starts at Richmond, Australia’s best-preserved colonial village. We will then leave Richmond and head southwards in the direction of the Tasman Peninsula to the Tasman National Park. 

 

Port Arthur Historic Site is the next stop on our list. We will join an interesting guided tour and take a cruise through the harbour. Learn all about the convict settlement amid the gaol ruins and get an impression of what life bust have been like for prisoners in Port Arthur. 

 

Then it is time for us to go back to the city of Hobart. Along the way, we will have time to stop at the remarkable natural features of Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen and the Blowhole. 

 

The historic village of Richmond 

Visit Richmond and learn all about its captivating history. The village is situated in the heart of the Coal River Valley. It used to be an important military staging post and convict station linking Hobart with Port Arthur. Richmond is famous for its elegant Georgian architecture. Its beautiful heritage buildings date back as early as the 1820s and are now housing galleries, tea shops, craft boutiques and museums. 

 

Pirates Bay lookout 

Pirates Bay is situated high on the hillsides, above the Tesselated Pavement. The Bay offers panoramic views of the east coast of Tasmania Peninsula. On a clear day, you can admire spectacular vistas Cape Hauy and Cape Pillar. 

 

Port Arthur Historic Site 

Port Arthur Historic Site is an ancient World Heritage-listed convict site situated on the Tasman Peninsula. It is one of the most evocative convict sites in Australia. The Historic Site accommodates over 30 buildings, restored period homes and ruins set in 40 hectares of landscaped grounds. Learn all about the convict settlement amid the gaol ruins and get an impression of what life bust have been like for prisoners in Port Arthur. 

 

Devils Kitchen 

This natural feature gets its name from the cauldron of foaming fury waves of the Great Southern Ocean crashing into the base of the tall cliffs. A real treat for your eyes! 

 

Tasman Arch 

The massive Tasman Arch is situated at about 100 metres from the lookout to Devils Kitchen. It resembles Devils Kitchen, but differs in its enormous bridge of solid rock. A combination of waves and wind has created this bridge over millions of years.  

 

Blowhole 

The Blowhole is another stunning natural feature created over millions of years by wind and waves erosion. Its rough and powerful waves will amaze you forcing their way through the small opening and smashing into the cauldron. 

 

Highlights:

  • Richmond Village
  • Pirates Bay lookout
  • Port Arthur Historic Site guided tour & harbour cruise
  • Lavender Farm (seasonal)
  • Federation Chocolate (seasonal)
  • Tasman Arch & Devils Kitchen 

 

Departure / Return time

Hobart - 7:30 am - 5:30 pm

 

Departure day

  • October - November: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
  • December - January - February: EVERY DAY
  • March - April: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
  • May - September: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

 

What to bring?

  • Camera
  • Drink bottle
  • Comfortable trail walking shoes
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Clothes to suit conditions (layers are a good idea)
  • Waterproof jacket (just in case) 

 

 

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Due to the diverse mix of our guests we believe they prefer to do their own thing for most meals, this means you to try out Tasmania great food and drinks that are suited your taste and budget. Our tours normally include breakfast and some include meals that showcase Tasmanian produce or provide a great way to get to know your fellow travellers.

 

For the meals not included you will have the chance to dine out and enjoy the local foods and produce with recommendations from the guide, or visit the local supermarket to purchase items that can be prepared in the kitchen at each hostel, either individually or as a group.

For breakfast we supply cereals, toast, juice, tea & coffee. If there’s something you can’t do without, just bring it with you! Please advise your dietary requirements at the time of booking.

 

Some of our tours will include opportunities to taste and sample local produce; check the individual tour information for these details.

 

We do not supply lunches or dinners on any of our trips however our guides will recommend great places to eat along the way and stop at supermarkets to stock up on any supplies needed if you prefer to cook yourself.

We visit some incredible places throughout Tasmania, and wherever possible get out of the bus to explore. While most of our trips are active in nature our guides aim to offer walks that cater for all types of fitness with easy, medium and hard walking options.

 

Bring clothing that suits the season, while including warm clothes (it can get cold in the mountains), comfortable walking shoes, toiletries, a towel, hat, sunscreen, waterproof jacket, swimsuit, water bottle and camera. Luggage is restricted to one normal pack, bag or case (20kg) plus a small day pack.

 

All full day & extended tours include pick up and drop off from your city hostel or hotel.  Our tours leave from all major gateways to Tasmania so no matter whether you arrive by boat to Devonport, or by plane to Hobart or Launceston we have a tour to suit you.

The tours that we offer are designed to help you see as much of Tasmania as possible with like minded travelers. There is no maximum age provided you have a good sense of adventure and a reasonable level of fitness, however we do have a minimum age of 8 years old to ensure all passengers get the most from the tour!

Our maximum group size if 24 passengers plus the tour guide. These small group sizes allow you plenty of time to get to know your fellow passengers and guide.

 

Our tours are conducted in modern, comfortable air-conditioned buses. By having small groups it means we can spend as much time as possible outside the bus exploring the wonderful sights of Tasmania.

We included everything we believe is needed to have a great time in Tasmania while keeping our prices as low as possible. There are no extra charges or fees on any of our tours so the only expenses you’ll have throughout the tour will be extra meals not included, optional extras or souvenirs from the great places you’ll visit. Each individual tour will have different inclusions and to check see these just review our Tours to find out a bit more about them. To give you a general idea our tours will always include:

  • Experienced friendly Guides
  • Meals as indicated
  • Hotel / hostel pick up and drop off (with the exception of Mt Wellington Descent)
  • National Parks passe
  • All Entry Fees
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Terms & Conditions:

AGE

A traveller must be minimum age of 8 years at the time of the tour to participate.

 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Optional activities, as described in the itinerary, are at your own expense, are not included in the price of the tour and do not form part of these terms and conditions.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

You acknowledge that the nature of the tour is adventure travel and participation involves a degree of personal risk.


Cancellation Policy:

  • 30 days or more prior departure: 75% refund
  • 8 to 29 days prior departure: 50% refund
  • 0 to 7 days or no show: No refund


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28 Collins Street Hobart, Tasmania 7000

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