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Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

  • Guided tour of Port Arthur Historic Site allows a deep dive into history
  • Learn about the notorious convict site through a guide's commentary
  • 30-minute cruise down the coast to see the wild scenery of Tasman National Park
Port Arthur Tour from Hobart
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Port Arthur Tour from Hobart
From USD 95.81
Get an in-depth tour of the UNESCO-listed Port Arthur Historic Site on this day trip from Hobart. History buffs will love learning about the history of the Australian convict site on an excursion designed to allow as much time and in-depth learning about the area in a single day. Many tours of Tasmania include a brief stop in Port Arthur, but this one provides deep exploration and plenty of time to ask questions.
What to Expect
Relax on the scenic drive from Hobart to the Tasman Peninsula, which encompasses Norfolk Bay, Eaglehawk Neck, Forestier Peninsula, the Tasman Bridge, and the Pitt wWater Causeway. Enjoy the fact that your guide is driving and worrying about directions as you simply look out the window and snap photos. Depending on the season, drive through the town to Richmond and see the convict-built Richmond Bridge. 

Spend a full five hours exploring the Port Arthur UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a walking tour of the seaside penal colony. Learn how and why the area’s most heinous criminals were housed here in 30 restored buildings and accompanying ruins. Highlights include the church, the Commandant’s House, the prison, flour mill, granary, and penitentiary.

Follow up the walking tour with a 30-minute cruise on Carnarvon Bay, which gives different views and photo ops from the water. See the coast of Tasman National Park, including the Devil’s Kitchen, the Isle of the Dead, and Tasman Arch.

Make a lunch stop at the Port Arthur Visitor Center or the nearby Felons (own expense).

Reviews (224)
1 - 5 of 43 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
24/7 support is not true

Despite Port Arthur itself being amazing, this tour was honestly the tour from hell. We never got any information about what time our hotel pick up would be. When we tried to reach Gray Line we could never get onto them, and when we contacted...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank emdw
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Port Arthur

What a great day out!!! The history and landscape is spectacular that paired up with sue the driver and what a combo! Have red some of the other reviews and other customers talking about there drivers but honestly doubt they could of been better than...More

2  Thank Daniel W
Reviewed 17 December 2018
Exceptional Day Out!

From the moment I was collected until the time I was dropped off this tour was exceptional. Tim was incredibly friendly, informative and caring. I can't believe how much I learned about Tasmania, even telling my Tasmanian friends information they didn't know themselves. The trip...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Karen O
AdamGLTAS, General Manager at Gray Line Tasmania Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Karen O, What a fantastic review, thank you. We are so glad you appreciated and enjoyed the Port Arthur Historic Site itself and also Tim's experience and knowledge and love of all things Tasmanian. Port Arthur is a must see in Tassie and we...More

Reviewed 12 December 2018
Historic Port Arthur

Peaceful and scenic site. Poignant relics to remind of the harshness of the prisoners' lives in contrast to those who watched over them. Also the memorial to the victims of the Port Arthur massacre evoked the senselessness of the killings. Worth a visit if you...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank lkkpaul
AdamGLTAS, General Manager at Gray Line Tasmania Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Ikkpaul, Thank you for taking the time to review us. There is much to see and do at Port Arthur and it is great to hear you enjoyed your visit. Your comments are much appreciated.

Reviewed 4 December 2018
Amazing day out

Our bus driver, Sue was funny, chatty and informative during the drive to and from Port Arthur. The weather was lovely and I found Port Arthur to be absolutely beautiful despite it's dark past. The free 40 minute walking tour was very informative. There's also...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Lara C
AdamGLTAS, General Manager at Gray Line Tasmania Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Lara C, Thank you for your valuable feedback regarding your day spent with Sue at Port Arthur. Those three words sum up Sue beautifully! Thanks for choosing Gray Line and we hope to see you again soon.

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9 January 2019|
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Response from Heather M | Reviewed this property |
The Port Arthur tour minibus also leaves from outside Brooke Street wharf