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Port Arthur Historic Site, Port Arthur

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World heritage site · Historic Walking Area · Historic Site
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There are few better places to learn about Australia's penal-colony heritage than the Port Arthur Historic Site on the southeastern coast of Tasmania. Once a prison for Britain's hardest criminals, the complex's remains now serve as an open-air museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Despite the prison's grim purpose, it offers a scenic setting on the water surrounded by densely forested hills. Take a walking tour to learn about the prison's history, dine at Felon's Bistro, and then conduct a paranormal investigation with ghost-hunting equipment late at night. Arrange your visit to Port Arthur Historic Site and discover more family-friendly attractions in Port Arthur using our Port Arthur online tour builder.
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  • Port Arthur is one of those places you need to experience and not just read about or watch on a screen. While the grounds and ruins look so peaceful now, it has had a turbulent history including the.....  more
    Port Arthur is one of those places you need to experience and not just read about or watch on a screen. While the grounds and ruins look so peaceful now, it has had a turbulent history including the.....  more »
  • We came across on a tender from our cruise ship so you could imagine the ships bringing the convicts in to the penitentiary. Very interesting place and much larger than we thought. Need to wear good.....  more
    We came across on a tender from our cruise ship so you could imagine the ships bringing the convicts in to the penitentiary. Very interesting place and much larger than we thought. Need to wear good.....  more »
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  • Food is good and value for money. There are 2 cafes in this place and you have variety of choices. Staff are friendly. There are lot of seating areas. Service is quick. Food is fresh and tasty. Indoor and outdoor dining areas available. Usually this is very busy. But staff take care of the guests. You don't need to book for seats. It is better to dine at this place before or after visiting this historic place. Because other restaurants are bit far way.
  • Parking easily available in front of entry to the Arthur site. Ticketing and checking staff is very friendly. Good overview of the historic site from many team members present at your slot. Last but not the least Harbor ferry.

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