Port Arthur Historic Site
The Port Arthur Historic Site is only a one and a half hour drive from Hobart along the Convict Trail Touring Route. Don’t be put off by the trip from Hobart to Sorell, as on reaching the Tasman Peninsula the drive takes in some of the most breathtaking seascapes in Australia, winds through a classic pastoral farmland setting dotted with the heritage buildings and remnants of a convict past that Tasmania is so famous/infamous for.
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Allow yourself plenty of time for your journey to the Port Arthur Historic Site, as there are many short side trips that are well worth the extra effort, Pirates Bay, Devils Kitchen and the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park are some of the more well known but they are only the obvious gems in a vast treasure trove of attractions both on and off the beaten track.
The Port Arthur Historic Site is Australia´s largest convict heritage site with many buildings to explore and lovely gardens to wander through. Operating between 1830-1877 the Port Arthur Penal Station with thousands of convicts working daily around the site.
The Penitentiary at Port Arthur could house 136 convicts on the first two floors in seperate cells and 348 in dormitory style accommodation on the 4th floor. The third floor was used as a mess and library and Catholic Chapel.
Visitors can view the Church which was built in 1836-37 by the convicts with the stone and some fittings made by the boy prisoners from Point Puer.
Wander into the Guard Tower and Officers Quarters where soldiers lived, ate and had their parade ground.