Port Arthur is a small village best known for its adjacent Port Arthur Historic Site’s well-preserved penal colony houses in Tasmania.
Port Arthur is a perfect base for exploring the historic site and the natural attractions of the region including spectacular coastal rock formations and sheer cliffs, situated on the tip of the Tasman Peninsula.
Founded in 1830 as a timber station, the Port Arthur Historic Site was soon transformed into a small town to house and execute over a thousand of Tasmania’s most infamous convicts. This mysterious past contrasts with the surrounding beauty. Loaded with strong tales of suffering and tragedy, this is one of the most satisfying travel experiences in Tasmania.
More early Australian convict history can be found at the World Heritage-listed Coal Mines Historic Site, 20 kilometres northwest of Port Arthur, where the site exposes the harsh lives of repeat offender convicts working underground coal mining.
Nature also looms large with unusual rock formations such as the Amazing Cave and stunning waterways such as Crescent Bay, a secluded curve of striking elegance backed by vast dunes of sand.
Port Arthur is about a one-hour (93 km) drive southeast of Hobart.
Things to do in Port Arthur
- Take an evening ghost tour at the historic site of Port Arthur
- Remarkable walk from Cave to Crescent Bay
(Article by discovertasmania.com.au)