Port Arthur Cruises
If your cruise around Australia includes a trip to Tasmania, then there is one place above all others that you try and make sure you visit.
Whilst the state capital Hobart has plenty of attractions, it is the historical surroundings of Port Arthur that are arguably the biggest draw for the island are visited by many of the major cruise lines.
Located on the Tasman Peninsula around 90 minutes away from Hobart, Port Arthur is accessed via a tender service, with the small town housing one of the top attractions to be found anywhere in Australia.
The penal colony at Port Arthur, which is now part of the Australian Convict Sites, dates back to the 1830s and was home to some of the most dangerous convicts who were taken to Australian soil.
Closed as a prison since 1877, the remains of the prison soon became popular with visitors to the area and extensive conservation work has gone into the historically important site.
Visitors are able to spend time exploring the site at their own leisure, or can enjoy a guided tour where they’ll be given chance to learn more about the history of Port Arthur.
Aside from the remains of the penal colony, visitors to Port Arthur can take a trip out to the Isle of the Dead, which is the final resting place of those people who died in the prison camps.
The Coal Mines Historic Site, where prisoners were put to work, is somewhere else you might wish to visit during time ashore in Port Arthur, whilst the Tasman Peninsula is rich in wildlife – including the famous Tasmanian Devil.
A visit to the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Unzoo will allow you to get up close to the animals, along with a number of other species.
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