The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site, located 90 minutes’ drive southeast of Hobart, brings Australia’s early convict history to life.
Port Arthur is the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia and among the most significant convict era sites in the world. For more than forty years, until its closure in 1877, Port Arthur was a penal settlement as well as a military and industrial centre, encompassing mining, farming, timber cutting, boat building and many other trades.
Today the Port Arthur Historic Site covers 100 acres of gardens and grounds, with more than 30 historic buildings and ruins to explore, the site combines history and scenic beauty with innovative interpretation to tell the stories of the harsh discipline and determined industry of the settlement. It is the place to discover Australian history and explore the origins of contemporary Australian culture.
OPENING HOURS – DETAIL:
Visitor Centre and ticketing office: 9:00am until the conclusion of the nightly Ghost Tours.
Grounds and gardens: 9:00am until dusk.
Houses and buildings: 10:00am to 5:00pm. Some houses close later during the summer months.
Christmas Day: 9:00am until 3:00pm.