The horrific prison colony history of Port Arthur, which is on the World Heritage List, appears at odds with its lovely setting on the Tasman Peninsular. Governor Sir George Arthur established this settlement in 1830, where some of Tasmania’s most notorious prisoners were sentenced to hard labour.
Visiting Port Arthur, about 95 kilometres south-east of Hobart, is now one of the most popular things to do in Tasmania and serves as a painful reminder of the trials of prisoner life. The guard tower, sandstone church, hospital, prison, and museum are all open for tours. The lantern-lit ghost tours will send shivers down your spine at night.
With soaring dolerite cliffs, stunning rock formations, and quiet bays, Tasman National Park is a nice escape from Port Arthur’s gloomy history.
On a Port Arthur tour from Hobart, you can learn about the history of this important World Heritage Site while also taking in the natural beauty of the area. This eight-hour tour includes transportation from Hobart to Port Arthur and return, as well as a stop in Richmond, a guided tour of Port Arthur, and a 30-minute cruise around Carnarvon Bay, where you can see the stunning Tasman National Park coastline from the water.