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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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Overview
Discover the sights of the Tasman Peninsula on this full-day tour from Hobart. The tour includes stops at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site, an infamous 19th-century prison, as well as Richmond Village where you’ll be able to cross Australia’s oldest sandstone bridge. Plus, check out rock formations, the Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen, along the peninsula’s coastline.
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    Port Arthur Historic Site
    Stop: 10 hours - Admission included
    Join us for a fun and action-packed day out on the Tasman Peninsula. Explore, discover and learn with our guides as we enjoy a variety of activities, walks, sightseeing, history, chocolate tasting and much more! Today is action packed and fast paced, so we make an early start from Hobart and drive directly to the stunning Tasman Peninsula. This area has amazing history, fascinating stories and spectacular scenery. It is also home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs. We enjoy the panoramic views of the area from Pirates Bay Lookout which provides a great vantage here of the surrounding area. Passing through Eaglehawk Neck and “The Dogline” our Tour Guides will share with you some truly amazing history and stories of the area. Then we begin one of Tasmania’s “Great Short Walks”. We follow a spectacular track, of around 2 km’s along the Waterfall Bay cliff top. The walk takes around 45-60 minutes, is undulating, but categorised as an easy walk. The track concludes at the remarkable rock formations of Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen. Continuing our journey, we arrive at the Port Arthur Historic Site. As we enter the Port Arthur Historic Site, there is a wealth of information and history to take in and you will have ample time to explore and discover the nooks and crannies with around 4 hours on site. Your entry includes a complimentary Harbour Cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a guided walking tour with one of the Site’s expert guides. Discover the grim and violent history of the early Australian Penal system and get a sense of the isolation experienced by the convicts in this “inescapable prison”. With around 4 hours here, you have ample time to walk amongst the main penitentiary; see the solitary confinement cells and many more buildings in this World Heritage open air museum. On our return to Hobart, we make a stop at Federation Chocolate Factory, a small family run boutique chocolate stop, with a variety of chocolate flavours to sample. Further along we arrive in the late afternoon into historic Richmond Village. Meander the streets, stop for a coffee, visit the Lolly Shop and walk across Australia’s oldest bridge still in use – a convict built sand-stone bridge, reported to be haunted! Finally, before we re-enter Hobart we stop for a fabulous view across Hobart from a local lookout. A picturesque way to return to the city. We drop you back to your Hobart City accommodation around 6.00pm. (Airport Drop Offs around 5.00–5.30pm – available only with arrangement at time of booking) Highlights • Visit Port Arthur Historic Site (4 hours) • Photograph spectacular views from the Waterfall Bay Cliff Top Walk (easy grade 2km) • See the Tasman National Park highlights – Devils Kitchen & Tasman Arch • Enjoy the stories from Pirates Bay Lookout, Eaglehawk Neck & The “Dogline” • Sample the local chocolates made at Federation Chocolate Factory • Visit historic Richmond Village • Enjoy the spectacular view at a local Hobart City lookout
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Highlights
  • Enjoy a short guided walk along the cliff-top trail to Waterfall Bay
  • Sample the local chocolates from the Federation Chocolate Factory
  • Entrance to Port Arthur, along with a cruise and guided tour, is included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off is provided
What to Expect
After being picked up at your Hobart hotel (or you can meet at the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre), board an air-conditioned coach and head to the Tasman Peninsula. View Australia's highest sea cliffs as you drive toward the famous rock formations—Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen. There, enjoy a short, easy walk along the cliff-top trail to Waterfall Bay. Following that, explore the UNESCO-listed Port Arthur Historic Site where you can join a guided walking tour, as well as board a harbor cruise; both the tour and cruise are included with your entrance ticket. Wander around the former prison and look inside its solitary confinement cells, while learning about the history of the country's early penal system and the convicts who inhabited this 19th-century prison. Then, return to Hobart, stopping at Richmond Village on the way back. There, stroll the streets and walk across Australia’s oldest sandstone bridge. At the end of the tour, get dropped off at your hotel.
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Important Information
Duration
11h
Inclusions
  • Port Arthur Historic Site entrance fee
  • Guided walking tour of Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Port Arthur Harbor Cruise
  • Professional guides & interpretation
  • Small, friendly groups
  • Airport drop offs on request with prior arrangement
  • We offer a Hotel pick up from most central city Hotels and Hostels
  • Entry/Admission - Port Arthur Historic Site
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks (please pre-purchase, or there will be an opportunity to purchase on tour)
  • We do not offer pick ups from Air BnB’s and private residences
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • A small amount of walking is involved; a suitable level of general health and fitness and physical abilities is essential
  • Tour operator provides accurate interpretation, and keeps wildlife disturbance to a minimum by viewing from appropriate distances and informing guests how to view wildlife with patience and respect. Activities are always confined to tracks and boardwalks to minimize negative impacts
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Jibu wrote a review Dec. 2020
Pathanamthitta, India2 contributions1 helpful vote
It was beautiful everywhere we looked. Knowing the history was enlightening. Family had a relaxing time.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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RC30319 wrote a review Mar. 2020
Atlanta, Georgia1,162 contribution376 helpful votes
This excursion is run by a company called Tours Tasmania and they were first class all the way. Yes it is an 11 hour tour so it's a long day, however it was worth it. The guide was great and knowledgeable, they were on time, and the stops were great. The cliff walk was
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Judy N wrote a review Mar. 2020
Brisbane, Australia4 contributions
Great tour very interesting and informative. Tour guide Connor took us on some wonderful side trips and an excellent bakery
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Elizabeth W wrote a review Feb. 2020
Cle Elum, Washington52 contributions16 helpful votes
We had planned to take this with the 4 hours at Port Arthur option, but decided en route to stop at the Un-Zoo and see wild-life up close, with only 2-1/2 hours at Port Arthur, instead, and were happy we did. (This was a 10 dollars Australian supplement). We hand-fed kangaroos
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Gordon wrote a review Feb. 2020
San Francisco, California8 contributions8 helpful votes
This day trip mixes natural beauty and history, with a lovely walk along the cliffs as well as about three hours at Port Arthur, which felt like the right amount of time to explore the mixture of ruined and reconstructed buildings from its time as a penitentiary. Connor was a
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Date of experience: February 2020
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