Historic Port Arthur
The Site has more than 30 buildings, ruins and renovated epoch homes which are situated on 40 hectares of beautiful, well-kept grounds.
Your paid site entry is valid for two consecutive days, as it will take every bit of two days to take in all that Port Arthur has to offer. The historical site entry fee includes an Initial Guided Walking Tour, access to the museum, and a cruise of the harbor. It also includes admission to the Convict Study Centre, Interpretation Gallery, and the Dockyard.
History of Port Arthur
During the years 1830 to 1877, Port Arthur was the spot where reoffending convicts of New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land were sent to be imprisoned. Of course, Van Diemen’s Land is now known as Tasmania. Because Port Arthur was positioned in a secluded, punitive area that offered no way of escape, it was considered the best place to house repeat offenders.
However, Port Arthur was so much more than just a penitentiary. It was also a whole community of military personnel and early settlers who worked there. The complex consisted of a working farm that produced a large range of materials. In the later years, Port Arthur also became the home to many severely mentally and physically ill people. They were often referred to as paupers or lunatics.
Where did the Convicts Come From?
When the American War of Independence ended, Britain began transporting their convicts to the Australian colonies, because they could no longer send them to America. The convicts mostly consisted of poor men and women who were found guilty of wrongdoings that would seem quite insignificant today, such as stealing small items or cattle. Their children were often transported with them to Port Arthur.
Port Arthur Today
At present, the Port Arthur Historic Site is one of Australia’s most visited heritage attractions. It has been honored with numerous tourism awards and is a popular vacation destination worldwide. The magnificent coastal scenery, stunning garden landscaping and striking natural parkland is breathtaking, and the pastoral beauty of the surrounding historical buildings is simply fascinating. There are numerous hotels located near the site, and the Felons Bistro at the Port Arthur Historic Site is open every evening for dinner.
If you want to visit the island’s burial ground, you can board a cruise to the Isle of the Dead for an additional fee. You can visit the graves of the initial settlement, including soldiers, convicts and civilians. Just across the harbor of Port Arthur is the first prison built solely for the juvenile male offenders of the British Territory. The boys endured harsh punishment for their crimes, and you can visit the reformatory and view the remains of structures built by the boys in a bush landscape.
Port Arthur’s Famous Ghost Tour
The most famous tour of its kind in Australia, the spine chilling ghost tour is the perfect thing to do during the night hours. Port Arthur is said to be one of the most intriguing and haunted places in the world. Many tourists have reported experiencing all kinds of paranormal activity, and some visitors have even reported seeing orbs following them throughout the nighttime tour. You’ll also hear about the stories of the convicts and will be shown old pictures and footage on a screen. Since the 1870s, there have been hundreds of documented strange occurrences and sightings of scary apparitions.